Intro to Homemade Ravioli

I love making ravioli.  Love it.  Namely because, it’s methodic and yields a beautiful result (and is therefore to me, relaxing), it involves time-proven techniques, and, I’ll be honest, it’s gratifying when you set down a restaurant-quality dish, both visually and gastronomically, that you’ve just cranked out yourself.  The last part might be the mostContinue reading “Intro to Homemade Ravioli”

Make-Ahead Monday: The Muesli Project

Since visiting Munich and several small towns in Austria this summer, and being inspired by the phenomenal muesli breakfasts there, I have been on a quest to recreate this Central European staple.  A cross between yogurt with granola and oatmeal, for me this muesli has the kind of magic that makes you look forward toContinue reading “Make-Ahead Monday: The Muesli Project”

Zucchini Bread Two Ways

Since first spying our new home back in June, we agreed that a kitchen ‘facelift’ is in order, and set to locking the project in immediately.  As always when anticipating something I’m excited about, it feels like it’s eons away – when we met with a stone supplier for an updated countertop in early August,Continue reading “Zucchini Bread Two Ways”

Protein-Packed Veggie Burger

So.  California.  Home to the vegetarian movement in the U.S.  The Golden State whose sunshine and mild climate makes possible remarkable produce all year long.  Hotbed of almost countless sustainable food startups and home to internationally influential chefs.  And place where, to date, my out of home dining experiences have for the most part ledContinue reading “Protein-Packed Veggie Burger”

Fettuccini with Zucchini & Mint Pesto

This dish is so good, after I ate the portion pictured here, I immediately ran to my computer to share this recipe.  (And I mean immediately – dishes are not yet done.  Those who know me know that this means business about how good this dish is – I rarely, *rarely* do anything before cleaningContinue reading “Fettuccini with Zucchini & Mint Pesto”

Pluot Gallette

Do you ever pass by bakery windows or stare into their cases while waiting for coffee and long to order one of the beautiful treats therein, to enjoy both studying it for its beautiful shapes, colors and texture and eating it for its deliciousness, but stop yourself because it’s too indulgent from, well, all angles?Continue reading “Pluot Gallette”

Tomato Jam with Bacon, Onion & Garlic

Is it just me or is there a teeny bit of a Chicken Little syndrome about the end of Summer going on at the moment?  It’s true that the season is coming to a close, but since two weeks ago it feels (on certain social media channels anyway) that this year the transition started earlierContinue reading “Tomato Jam with Bacon, Onion & Garlic”

Lasagna with Chicken & Mushrooms (Gluten-Free)

This delicious dish was unusual for us only in that we do not by design have to avoid gluten.  However with what feels like a growing number of friends who must omit the grain-based protein, it seems to make sense to get a handle on a few staples.  I am proud to say that ourContinue reading “Lasagna with Chicken & Mushrooms (Gluten-Free)”

Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze

Why did I bake banana bread today?  Oh, because the heat came on this morning… that and, it is easily the case that having homemade baked goods on our counter helps home feel warm and familiar.  We are getting there as far as settling into our new digs, in no small part thanks to repeatedContinue reading “Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze”

Triple Berry Hybrid

My berry addiction continues as squeezing in summer recipes feels all the more imperative – the shadows are getting longer earlier in my favorite sunny nook off our kitchen.  To the urgency add a coincidental l stop at a farmer’s market that had an overage of black berries, plus a huge berry sale at WholeContinue reading “Triple Berry Hybrid”

Summer Berry Pops with Coconut & Lime

The end of summer has never crept up so fast, and the end of the season wouldn’t necessarily be on my mind if it weren’t for the fact that in anticipation of our first small dinner party in our new home, I thought to make an apricot galette only to realize that due to ourContinue reading “Summer Berry Pops with Coconut & Lime”

Fig & Greek Yogurt Toasts with Almonds & Honey

I’m happy to say that the contents of our kitchen should be here (in our new home in SF) in less than a week’s time.  That said, we are already going on a longish stretch with no proper kitchen set up to speak of, with all due respect to our car-camping pot, pan, sharp-ish knife,Continue reading “Fig & Greek Yogurt Toasts with Almonds & Honey”

Radish Salad with Buttermilk Herb Dressing

Two things inspired this dressing – one, a delicious version of it I got to try last weekend at one of our favorite restaurants in New Paltz, NY, the Mountain Brauhaus.  I’d assumed it’d be more like a dip for the veggies in my salad (I requested it on the side as usual) but forContinue reading “Radish Salad with Buttermilk Herb Dressing”

Barley ‘Risotto’ (with Timesavers and Benefits for Homemade Chicken Broth)

Lately there is a proliferation of beautiful farmer’s market finds across the Internet and social media, and for good reason – the gorgeous produce of Spring is certainly photo-inspiring!   But I think there is a year-round, unsung hero of the farmer’s market, and that’s fresh chicken.  In addition to tasting noticeably more delicious, aContinue reading “Barley ‘Risotto’ (with Timesavers and Benefits for Homemade Chicken Broth)”

Make Ahead Monday: Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berries

With rain in the forecast today and tomorrow, combined with the particularly warm and humid weekend, this week’s make-ahead presented an unusual challenge in that I wanted it to be cozy-ish but not piping hot.  (We climbed in the Gunks – (New Paltz, NY) yesterday in spite of hot and sticky conditions and the thoughtContinue reading “Make Ahead Monday: Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berries”