Stuffed 'Shroom Burger

Stuffed ‘Shroom Burgers

June 9th, 2016

Before we get started today, I need to clear the air on one thing: I am in no way, shape or form (both literally and figuratively) a vegetarian. Bring me your steaks, roasts and filets; I will eat them grilled, braised, sous vide or just about any other way you can imagine. Normally I would feel that calling a meatless patty a burger as profane, but I think these fried portobello caps are an exception (more…)

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

May 19th, 2016

I have always wanted to like bran muffins. Actually, when they’re made well, I really do, but there’s nothing like a dry, tasteless, cardboard-infused bran muffin to quash the desire to ever enter the bran muffin realm again. The idea is great-a healthy, low-fat alternative to the standard cupcake-like muffin-just as long as you can skip the cardboard. I have played around with a variety of bran muffin recipes until finally finding a flavor and consistency I love: the taste of of apple-cinnamon oatmeal with the convenience and crumb of a muffin (more…)

Fig Tart

Fig and Pear Tart

April 23rd, 2016

This tart combines the rich sweetness of a fig newton with the refreshing flavor of pears, and the result is a buttery treat that tastes both indulgent and wholesome in the same bite. And with swirling layers of pears, it is as beautiful as it is delicious. For added panache, serve with a dollop of cremé fraiche (more…)

Winter Pancetta Hash

Winter Pancetta Hash

March 15th, 2016

My favorite meals to cook are those lazy, Saturday morning brunches. My first memory of eating out with my family was for Sunday morning brunch at The Silo, an old barn-turned-restaurant in a tiny upstate New York town. Of course, at that age, I was primarily fascinated by how much sugary syrup I could pour over everything on my plate without my parents noticing. However, my love for those late-morning meals hasn’t diminished at all over the years (more…)

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

Fragrant Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

February 22nd, 2016

Of all the crazy things not to like as a kid, why did I pick rice? Rice is one of those light but filling foods that seems to complement anything. And yet, somehow it ended up in the same category with hot dogs and mushy peas. Luckily, tastes matured and now I can down rice with the best of them. Especially when the rice is in the form of pudding. Creamy. Sweet. Flavorful. It’s no surprise that some form of rice pudding can be found in almost every culture worldwide. There’s something about a warm, fragrant bowlful that seems to suggest that while there is rice pudding, all’s right with the world. And this version, made with lemon zest, vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks, tastes just as heavenly and comforting as it smells (more…)

Raspberry Brownies

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

February 10th, 2016

Fudgy. Rich. Ooey-gooey. Raspberries. Need I say more? Each decadent bite reminds me of long-ago two-year-old-birthday-party-smear-my-face-in-chocolate-happiness days, and I have to admit, I’m a little tempted to re-enact the moment… (more…)

Chicken Noodles with New Potatoes

Chicken Noodles with New Potatoes

February 2nd, 2016

It’s hard to think of many meals that whisper “comfort food” better than chicken. Especially when broth-soaked noodles are involved as well. This soul-soothing, noodle-slurping, lip-smacking feast is an adaptation of a traditional Amish dish that involves slow cooking a whole chicken, mixing with noodles that have been cooked in the broth, and serving over potatoes. I add some seasonings and peas into the mix, and serve alongside buttery-smooth new potatoes. It’s warm, chicken-drenched therapy on a plate.


Veggie Pot Pie

Skillet Veggie Pot Pie with Cornmeal Crust

January 18th, 2016

“Ruta-what?” That’s what the cashier said after I told her what that humble-looking round root was called. If you haven’t tried rutabaga, you are really missing out. It shines in this skillet pot pie, packed with root vegetables and drenched in gravy, topped with a crispy cornmeal crust.. Plus, it’s just plain fun to say. It’s also likely that your local grocer carries rutabaga…and you waltzed right past it without ever noticing before. At least, that’s what I did until I tried some about a year ago, and I haven’t made the mistake of overlooking it since (more…)

Carrot Cake

Morning Glory Carrot Cake

January 4th, 2016

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” -Jim Davis

Who would have thought that eating a vegetable could be considered a guilty pleasure? Well, when it comes to decadent carrot cake lathered in cream cheese frosting, no vegetable oozes sweet seduction like this one. And yet, I still try and convince myself that what I’m eating is really healthy. It is still a vegetable after all…and don’t forget about the nuts and fruit! Maybe I can get away with just one more slice… (more…)