Artichoke with pesto bread crumbs

Spring is here. I wish I can say the same for everyone, but according to my Mom who lives in Queens, NY it doesn’t feel like spring yet with the remainder of a blizzard that hit on the official day. Though it may not feel like spring outside for some, this artichoke with pesto bread crumbs will give you the impression of warm sunshine. At least, I hope it does. Sweet ...

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Birthday Layer Cake, made gluten free + dairy free = Happy Birthday to me

Lots of me and birthday thoughts before the recipe, jump over if you want to head straight to the recipe (no offense taken). So, it's my birthday, no. 45, on this gorgeous green planet. I think because I have reached the mid-forties hump I left off the exclamation point on the end. It’s not that I’m not excited, well, I am, just not as much as say my 21st or 40th ...

Barbecue Beef Bolognese, AKA pasta with bbq sauce

My youngest, twin boys and teenage son have developed a strong sensitivity to tomatoes a couple of years ago. Something most gf/df barbecue sauces have, so we make our own. This barbecue recipe may have a bunch of ingredients, but it is SO easy to make and stores well in the fridge. It has the tangy flavor tomato paste usually adds, without tomatoes! So for those of you who cannot ...

Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie for Pi Day!

Hey friends, did you know today 3.14.15 is Pi day?? Not being much of a math geek it completely slipped my mind until Deb, over at Smitten Kitchen (click here to see her recipe) reminded me of this incredible once-in-a-lifetime event. Literally. The next time around is in oh, a hundred years or so, well to be exact. So, of course I had to bake a pie for this ultimate occasion, ...

Braised Beef Short Ribs + Parsnip Puree, an adapted Ad Hoc recipe

Please excuse my slightly-obsessive chatter on Thomas Keller for a minute, um, or two, his passion, dedication and attention to detail is something I admire deeply. He is the acclaimed chef behind the world renowned French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc restaurants and beautifully represents the art of intuitive cooking. In his cookbooks (yes, have them all) he shares his (simplified) techniques for us home cooks to apply to ...

Quick Quinoa Bowl with Vegetables

When I have vegetable oddments sitting in the fridge I like to add them to quinoa for a quick well-rounded one bowl meal. Cleaning out the fridge has it's perks: no more random veggies that I don't know what to do with, no waste, and everyone loves it. With quinoa added I now have a complete meal in 30 minutes that I can feel good about serving my family. Most vegetables ...

Purim Hamantashen Cookies

Since we were real good with eating our vegetables this week, let's talk cookies. Jam filled cookies that will make your heart go pitter-patter. Hamentashen cookies! These are a classic dessert that we traditionally eat on the Jewish holiday Purim. What is Purim all about you ask? Click here to learn more. They say (who is they? I don't know) the shape of the cookies is to resemble Haman’s hat, the the evil villain ...

Warmly Spiced Acorn Squash Slices

Acorn squash usually gets a bad wrap. Butternut, Spaghetti, Pumpkin all seem to get first pickings for their seemingly easy way about them. But don’t judge this "book" by it's cover. This tipsy little ridged winter squash may have a hard rind exterior, but what lies inside will entice you.  It's delicate, nutty, and sweeter flavor (more so than other winter squash due to it’s longer growing period, so it gets plenty ...

Butternut Squash with Pumpkin Seeds and Warm Spices

I have some vegetable side dish recipes that I think you will love. Here's one with butternut squash. You can never have too many veggies, right? Well, um, unless they are steamed, then it can feel like too much blah. All the time. Don’t get me wrong I steam vegetables quite often, but hey, we need to add a little zing every so often.  Yeah, let’s bring on the spices! Butternut squash already ...

No-Fuss Oscar Party Popcorn … with Grown-Up Soda Pop

It’s almost here, the big movie event of the year! Do you guys love to watch the Oscars as much as we do? Check out all the fashion? And nibble on plenty of carbs with drink in hand? If that’s a yes, yes, and YES then let’s get snacking on some party popcorn and (grown-up) soda! I remember the days of going to the movies with my girlfriends, ordering the over-processed, ...