Recipes

POTATO LEEK GRATIN

Cold, wet weather reminds me of my days skipping school with my mom. She would tell my siblings and I, “You can’t go outside – you’re made of sugar and you’ll melt!” and that was that. We were good students, so she’d let us take those kind of liberties as long as there wasn’t a test that day. Also, I’m […]
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FALL SANGRIA

Sangria is usually designated as a summer time drink, it is wine with ice cubes in it after all, but I love it in the fall. Imagine mulled wine, but a little sexier, and definitely served before dinner as an aperitif. This recipe is one of my favorites, using seasonal fruit like apples and pears, and instead of classic red […]
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TINA’S PUMPKIN PECAN PIE // VIDEO

I’m thankful for my Aunt Tina’s pies.  They’re the kind of pies that sticky fingered children would steal out of window sills. This pie is the centerpiece of all of our Thanksgiving celebrations: it’s spicy and rich, but not heavy, and has a brown sugar butter pecan topping. It’s perfect.  The pumpkin filling is light, not overly dense and thick, […]
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PERFECTLY BAKED BRIE FOR TWO

Dishes are not romantic. And cooking for an afternoon, at least for me, is not particularly romantic either. But pretending that cheese and bread is a meal? If your partner is on board with this, you know it’s love. I love cheese as a main course, and baked brie is so wonderfully decadent, such a perfect on-the-couch indulgence. Served with […]
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VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

Gluten Free/Vegan baking can conjure up images of cardboard dry cakes and “buttercream” interpretations that simply don’t come close to the real thing.  And here’s the reason why: You can’t replace butter. Trying to recreate ingredients leads to hyped up expectations and definitely some disappointments.  You know what works? Using great ingredients that have a ton of flavor. That way, […]
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MY FIVE FAVORITE SANDWICHES

Sandwiches are the perfect food, to me. There’s something about an excellent sandwich that is innately satisfying – every flavor and texture gets a moment. For today’s video, I made some of my favorite sandwiches inspired by the best ones I’ve had recently, including some delicious and fresh vegetarian options. What’s your favorite sandwich? Enjoy! INGREDIENTS (BAGUETTE, CHIVE BUTTER, ARUGULA, […]
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RIGATONI WITH SPICY TOMATO CREAM SAUCE

One of my most frustrating traits is my deep, abiding love of carbs. That famous Sophia Loren quip, “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti!” has nothing to do with me. That is not my relationship with pasta. More pasta means more sweatpants. More pasta means more to love. But, this is something I’ve had to get over. If deciding […]
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GRAPEFRUIT, MINT + TONIC WATER SORBET

I consider myself a cocktail enthusiast, even though I’m a homebody.  If I’m going to bother going out and having a cocktail, I’d rather have a beautifully crafted one than a free round of well drinks.  Greyhounds are a refreshing combination of gin and grapefruit juice, and with the herbaceous fruitiness of tonic and some fresh mint, I decided I’d […]
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BROWN BUTTER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

This is the perfect dinner party soup.  Comforting and a little decadent, it also looks beautiful in the bowl.  The combination of sweet, tart, smokey, and brown buttery is a definite crowd pleaser. INGREDIENTS For 8-10 2 butternut squash, halved and deseeded 2 kabocha squash (or pumpkin), halved and deseeded olive oil 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 brown onion, chopped […]
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