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 …

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

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

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