Italian Stew with Winter Squash and Chickpeas

Italian Stew with Winter Squash and Chickpeas

New York City, and the surrounding area are about to get dumped on by a massive snow storm.  People are flocking to the store, raiding the aisles, and stocking up on supplies to last them until Spring. Me? I cooked up this delicious pot of stew, and plan on holing up in my apartment and eating leftovers while the storm blankets the city’s sidewalks with snow.  I can’t think of a better home-cooked meal to welcome the storm than this satisfying and healthy Italian Stew.  Continue reading

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Creamy Carrot Soup with Potato

Creamy Carrot Soup with Roasted Potatoes

One of the things I love best about cooking is that you can never stop improving your skills in the kitchen. There are always new dishes to try, techniques to master and menus to plan. While I’ve never had any formal training, learning most of what I know from watching my parents at home and my culinary idols on the Food Network, I like to think I know my way around a kitchen, at least for the most part.  But one thing I’ve never been super confident about, and a skill that is absolutely essential to be a serious cook, is knowing how to properly use a chef’s knife.  Continue reading

French Tomato Tart and my trip to Paris and Provence

Easy Tomato Tart

A few weeks ago, my family and I went on an unbelievable trip to France.  We spent 10 days living the good life  – our time split evenly between Paris, the city of lights, and Provence, the land of olive groves, vineyards and picturesque mountaintop towns. I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. Absolute joie de vivre. 

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Paris Cheese

In Paris, we rented a beautiful apartment in Le Marias, and enjoyed all of the local shops and groceries to every extent we could.  We were lucky enough to be staying just around the corner from a wonderful boulangerie-pâtisserie, and every morning we planned our day over steaming cappuccinos, freshly made baguettes smothered with sea-salt butter,  and flaky, buttery pastries.  Continue reading

All-Butter Lobster Roll

All-Butter Lobster Rolls

Lobster rolls have become a thing – epitomizing summer, but eaten all year around.  Served at road side stands by the beach and from food trucks dotted across all of New York’s boroughs.  There’s now even an annual Lobster Roll Festival, where for a couple of hundred bucks (yea, that’s right – lobster is expensive!) you can try as many different lobster rolls as you want. And I can see why you would because everyone seems to have their opinion of what kind of lobster roll is best. So might as well try them all!  What kind is your favorite?  Continue reading

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Whenever I ask my Jewish friends what’s on the menu for their Passover Seder, I always get similar responses: meat and potatoes. The dishes may vary, from brisket to a roast. From mashed potatoes to potato gratin. But chances are, these two staples are most likely on the menu.  It makes a lot of sense, when you can’t have bread, potatoes are the obvious choice for a delicious starchy side.  Continue reading

Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cole Slaw

Slow Roasted Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw

I think it’s about time I finally come clean to my readers: I am, in fact, a non-meat eater. Gasp! Please don’t leave yet. I promise that a delicious pulled pork recipe will follow without any rantings from a vegetarian. While I do eat fish on occasion, I haven’t eaten meat of any kind in over 10 years. I suppose this technically defines me as a “pescatarian” but I find this word to be somewhat pretentious, so I just try to tell people that I simply don’t care for meat and I’ll leave it at that.  Continue reading

Spicy Butternut Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese

Spicy Butternut Squash Salad

Eating healthy can be really hard in winter.  It’s been so cold and there’s nothing like good-old comfort food to keep you warm.  Sometimes eating a regular old salad for dinner just won’t do, and you find yourself pining for something more satisfying that will make you forget about the snow that won’t stop falling.  But is it possible to stay on track and still feel completely satisfied with weeknight comfort food? With this recipe, I say absolutely.  Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I believe that there are two types of people in this world: people who love Brussels sprouts and then people who haven’t tried roasted brussels sprouts yet.   Sure, there may be some who say they don’t like the utterly delicious vegetable, but they have probably only ever had them after they’ve been turned to mush.  Maybe they were forced to eat them as a child – steamed and tasteless – and never fully appreciated the limitless variations of this amazing ingredient.  I am certain that these people have not yet experienced the delectable, crispy, roasted brussels sprouts. Continue reading

Israeli Couscous Salad with Fresh Herbs

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I had every intention of upping my game here during the holidays and posting all the recipes that I made over the past few weeks.  Recipe after recipe of cookies perfect for easy holiday baking.   Gratins and salads that make the best side dishes for Christmas dinner.  And a recipe for the very best scalloped potatoes.  But alas, Christmas was a whirlwind of eating, drinking, laughing and reminiscing with loved ones, and as a result, I severely neglected my blog.  Though, despite my neglect,  I now have a backlog of recipes to keep you updated in the new year.  And even better, thanks to my very considerate boyfriend, I got an amazing camera for Christmas, so visuals will be so much better than previous pictures taken with my shabby iPhone.  Continue reading