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Tostones with Spicy Mayo

Tostones with Spicy Mayo

You know that mound of giant dark-ish green “bananas” at the grocery store that you’re always tempted to buy but might not know what to do with? Those are plantains. Plantains are a starchier banana that you can slice, fry, mash, sautee grill, etc while still maintaining it’s integrity. Dishes involving this savory fruit are...
Sugar Roasted Asparagus

Sugar Roasted Asparagus

Not sure if all you heard, buuuut I recently started a new day job in NYC (if you didn’t know, follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook for fun updates! Yeah!!!)…so right now I’m writing this on my phone while surrounded by exhausted New Jersey commuters. Ah, the life. Anyway, because of my...
Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

These taste exactly like they smell – a glorious aroma of Mediterranean rustic-ness. In the oven, the smell of the melty juicy tomato mixed with all those Mediterranean flavors really blossom and get all toasty. You have garlic and onion and olives and capers and lavender and thyme and rosemary and basil. You seriously will...
Ginger Garlic Glazed Carrots

Ginger Garlic Glazed Carrots

I’ll admit it – as much as I’ve always loved raw carrots, growing up I couldn’t stand cooked ones! When my mom would serve them, I’d shove them aside and complain loudly. The consistency was so gross to me. Well, I’ve grown up a little bit and enjoy all types of carrot dishes now! Carrots...
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad

I don’t consider spring to have sprung until great produce starts trickling into the stores. Last weekend the most amazing tomatoes and cucumbers were at the market…so now I can officially call it outdoor eating weather! To honor this joyous occasion, I made a light and flavor packed salad to eat al fresco with my...
Phyllo Asparagus Bundles with Goat Cheese

Phyllo Asparagus Bundles with Goat Cheese

Cooking has always been cathartic for me. When I’m stressed, sad, bummed, or frustrated, cooking is my outlet to relieve that tension. It’s nice to tune out the world and focus on creating something…and nothing in the kitchen allows me to zone more than preparing appetizers. Why appetizers? Well because although they’re easy to make,...
Rosemary Flatbread with Sea Salt & Olive Oil

Rosemary Flatbread with Sea Salt & Olive Oil

Oh flatbread. Why am I so addicted to thee? Why must your delicious crunch tempt me daily? Sigh… Just a few weeks ago I wrote about my newest favorite cracker flatbread from Townhouse (Flatbread Crisps w Sea Salt & Olive Oil), but now, here’s a recipe to whip up these delicious snacks from scratch! The...
Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Simple recipes like this one are only possible when you use fresh, quality ingredients. The sweet and fragrant basil pairs perfectly with the juicy tartness of the tomato. The heirloom tomatoes I primarily use are Black Krim, which have an earthy salty bite. When my mom first tried black krim tomatoes, she closed her eyes...
Parmesan Parsnip Potato Puree

Parmesan Parsnip Potato Puree

What a lovely name for a dish…gotta love alliteration. Anyway, this recipe is a twist on the traditional mashed potatoes. Every once in a while it’s nice to eat something that has both a familiar, but unique flavor. This time it’s the combination of parsnips and potatoes, whipped together with salty nutty parmesan cheese. The...
Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

Potato salad is a key dish at any traditional picnic…it’s hearty, tasty, and comforting. But, sometimes it’s hard to keep fresh when the sun is beating down on this mayo based concoction. Since I don’t want anyone to get sick, I often omit any mayonnaise and make a pesto potato salad instead! It’s healthier than...
Cool Bulgur Salad

Cool Bulgur Salad

A healthy sweet salad that cools your palate with fresh flavors – that’s what this recipe is all about. This salad just has a few ingredients, but each one is packed with flavor….which I think is really important to have in a salad. I love the combination of the sweet grapes with the cool crunchy...
Chickpea Panzanella

Chickpea Panzanella

It’s no secret that I love chickpeas, and it’s definitely no secret that I’m addicted to bread. Because of these twin addictions, I thought it would be a great idea to include both ingredients in a simple panzanella salad. It’s surprisingly light with lots of fresh flavors (basil, oregano, veggies) and the raspberry balsamic vinegar...