Mothers Day Gift Ideas + Chocolate Chip Cookies and our trip to NY

From Thursday, April 16, 2015 Permalink

We are back home from our 10-day NY trip. It's good to be home.  Now that we are back home my three younger boys are back in school (a sigh of relief), my oldest son back to pounding away on his (first) screenplay (graduated film school May '14), hubby back to work in solar energy and me sorting all the laundry, mail, homework, stocking fridge, cooking, dishwasher repair, you know ... ...

Raw Asparagus Pea Salad to welcome springtime …

From Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Permalink

We are flying out to New York, needless to say, it’s been hectic. We are all very excited to get together with our family on Friday for Passover Seder. Being that I come from a Russian family, we tend to have lots of food and alcohol (with plenty of noisy chatter) on the table. With that, I am coming prepared to feed them some tasty eats. My mother’s two bedroom ...

Leg of Lamb with roasted fennel, onions, and carrots

From Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Permalink

According to Bon Appetit Magazine lamb is trending right now. I'm not surprised, it is one tender cut. Don't let the big piece intimidate you. It's simpler than you think. Naturally gluten and dairy free (and paleo if you are avoiding grains).  Now that it’s in season and Passover and Easter is just about here, what better way to celebrate than with leg of lamb and a side of seasonal vegetables ...

Artichoke with pesto bread crumbs

From Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Permalink

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 Birthday Layer Cake, made gluten free + dairy free = Happy Birthday to me

From Saturday, March 21, 2015 Permalink

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

From Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Permalink

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!

From Saturday, March 14, 2015 Permalink

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

From Thursday, March 12, 2015 Permalink

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

From Monday, March 2, 2015 Permalink

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

From Friday, February 27, 2015 Permalink

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 ...