Month: May 2017

Freelance Lunch: Polenta with Mushroom and Green Bean Saute

Freelance Lunch: Polenta with Mushroom and Green Bean Saute

There are disadvantages of working freelance from a home office. But not many. Besides conference calls in my workout clothes and being around when the kids come home, the greatest advantage is using my lunch hour to cook for myself. No one else’s palate to please. No wrinkled-up noses from the kids at the sight of mushrooms on the counter. No disapproving looks from my husband when I take the cream AND butter out of the fridge. I can do whatever the hell I want and there are precious few times in the day when that is 100% true. So, I revel in my lunch hour. (more…)

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Roasted Peaches with Honey Vanilla Syrup

Roasted Peaches with Honey Vanilla Syrup

Jesus this week has been a blur. I cooked, I know I did and yet nary a post to show for it. My man is out of town. There was football (i.e. soccer) tournaments, school picnics and neighborhood association meetings to attend. Oh, and yes, I have a job. I could have sworn I went out of my way to resist as many stress inducing entanglements as possible so as to remain a sane human being in an overtaxed world. But no. Like the frog in water that slowly heats up, I fail to notice (more…)

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Cardamom Rice

Cardamom Rice

A few years back, we lucked into an oddly affordable Knightsbridge apartment while visiting London. On a random walk about, I stumbled onto Yotam Ottolenghi’s eponymous restaurant in Belgravia and I was beside myself with joy. I love how he lets the true flavors of ingredients speak for themselves. His use (more…)

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Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake with Italian Meringue

Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake with Italian Meringue

My friend, Stephanie, from ComposedCo called me last week and asked if I could make a gluten-free, dairy-free vanilla birthday cake for her son’s 10th birthday party. Hmm. Before agreeing, I presented the following caveats. First, I don’t generally eat gluten-free so I have no idea what the bar for great tasting gluten-free (more…)

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The time is now

The time is now

 

 

Many moons ago, when I was a wee 20 something traveling to Europe for the first time, I tasted what I consider to be my first tomato. I was at a rooftop restaurant on the isle of Santorini in Greece, a perfect setting for my romance with (more…)

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Tarragon Chicken with Parsnips, Carrots, and Caramelized Lemons

Tarragon Chicken with Parsnips, Carrots, and Caramelized Lemons

Sunday mornings are not complete without perusing the New York Times’ What to Cook This Week Column. This luscious tray bake is inspired by Melissa Clark’s Tarragon Chicken. I love tray bakes because they are super easy and lend (more…)

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