Do you broil regularly, or are you intimidated by it? I know so many GREAT cooks, probably like some of you that don’t understand broiler fundamentals. They avoid broiling because they’re afraid of burning food beyond recognition, rendering it an … Continue reading Broiler Cooking 101: Tuna Melt
Towards the end of the summer, I decided to join a couple of friends at what would be our first in-person lunch since the pandemic began. We agreed on Geronimo, a place I had never been to before that had … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash Grain Bowls
I thought it would be fun to share one of the virtual cooking classes I taught over the summer. There were many people from all across the country in attendance, even as far as Canada, I’ve come to learn. Of … Continue reading Sheet-Pan Shrimp & Vegetables with Orange Dressing
This recipe is based on an old favorite from the Fine Cooking Magazine archives. I made modifications based on flavors I love, swapped and added alternate ingredients, and added a squeeze of lemon at the end for brightness. I hope … Continue reading Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Calabrian Chili
This is one of my favorite recipes because of its simplicity. The sea bass slowly steams in a little oil. The steaming comes not from water added to the pan, but from the fish’s own juices. While the skin doesn’t … Continue reading Quick & Easy Steamed Chilean Sea Bass
For the past couple of years, one of my favorite go-to ingredients has been crushed Calabrian chili peppers. I’m definitely a spicy food lover, so when I first came across this zesty-fruity crushed pepper sauce at William Sonoma, I couldn’t … Continue reading Some Like it HOT!
Way back in 2011, I posted a recipe for banana bread. Since then, I’ve modified the recipe a bit to include another indulgence, dark chocolate or cacao nibs. I’m reposting the updated recipe here and a quick show-and-tell video outlining … Continue reading Easy Banana Bread
The other day, I was lucky enough to receive a market basket of beautiful produce from my dear friend Mary Jo’s incredibly lush vegetable garden. The bag was filled with just-picked delights such as rainbow swiss chard, broccoli greens, Romain … Continue reading Warm Ravioli Salad with Marinated Cheese, Apple, and Tomato
Add to your July 4th celebration with red, white and blue potatoes! Melissa’s Produce conveniently packages this potato trio together. Here’s one of my favorite potato sides: Creamy Roasted Red, White & Blue Potatoes with Crispy Rosemary Serves 4 to … Continue reading Just in Time for July 4th!
Did you know that the key to creamy, rich hummus is to use peeled chickpeas? Shout out to the innovative team at Melissa’s Produce! Their peeled and steamed chickpeas are a perfect choice. I used them right out of the … Continue reading Super-Fast Hummus!
As we approach week 10 of quarantine, I continue to think of ways to be mindful of food waste. That brings me to the complete and total pain and guilt I’ve felt about my sourdough starter discard. Admitting it is … Continue reading Sourdough Discard, Part 1
In these times especially, we should be using whatever we have in our refrigerator to create new meals. This not only reduces food waste and saves you money, but it also makes you a more conscientious cook! More power to … Continue reading Refrigerator Pesto
I’m pretty lucky that my friends and colleagues in the test kitchen usually humor me, and I’m missing that right now as we approach our fifth week in quarantine. Several weeks before our lives changed from normal to an episode … Continue reading Missing the Test Kitchen
As a Certified Food Safety Manager, I’m always taking precautions to be sure that everyone in the test kitchen is practicing safe food handling. This naturally translates over to what we’re going through right now. COVID-19 has been a rude … Continue reading Eating Safe and Staying Safe During COVID-19
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone the very best for 2020. I’m so thrilled to announce that one of my recipes made it into Fine Cooking Magazine’s list of Top Ten Most Popular Recipes of 2019! I’ve included the recipe below, … Continue reading One of the Top Ten!