favor-“ette”: my favorite salad

salad with grapefruit fennel parmesan

September 10th, 2013

I know – salad. Big deal, right? But having just come home from a trip to Florida (where grapefruits are in season year round), I’m itching to make my very favorite salad. I’ll admit, I’m not the most creative when it comes to putting a salad together – I’m never sure what ingredients go together […]


favor-“ette”: an empty mustard jar

almost empty mustard jar

May 8th, 2013

Well, almost empty. I actually thought I had shared this with you already – oops! This is a good one – and so easy. If you use jarred mustard, here’s a great tip for getting every last drop out of that little jar. When there’s about one to two teaspoons of mustard left in the jar (you’ll […]


just a pinch: olive oil

salad with toasted walnuts cherries and apples, garlic mushroom vinaigrette

November 16th, 2012

Olive oil is definitely one of those ingredients that I knew very little about. Basically, I knew that you  “cooked” with the regular stuff and “tasted” with the extra virgin, and for years that’s all I kept in my kitchen. And then our farmer’s market manager gave me a brief schooling in the art – […]


summer’s over, 2012 “saucy” edition: chimichurri sauce

flank steak with chimichurri dressing

October 10th, 2012

Ugh. Summer really is over. It’s been cool and gray here in New York, and there’s no denying that fall has officially arrived. But I had to include this delicious dressing to close out my “saucy” series. Chimichurri is an Argentine herb sauce that highlights the flavors of lots of fresh parsley and garlic. A […]


101: vinaigrette

salad, vinaigrette

September 24th, 2012

This is for Sammi………. Why anyone would buy bottled dressing is beyond me. Making a delicious homemade vinaigrette couldn’t be easier, and you cannot compare the two. Even the fancy expensive dressings often have added chemicals and stabilizers. Xanthan gum? Autolyzed yeast extract? No thank you. This is all you need to remember when making […]


never say “never” – lentil, bulgur and bacon salad

food yenta lentil salad

August 20th, 2012

I’m SO excited… This week I’ll be sharing my little corner of the world with some of my very favorite bloggers. And there’s a theme and everything. It’s called “never say never” (do you love it?). I sometimes feel badly that there are topics that – because they are out of MY comfort zone – I […]


to market: less is more

peach basil and red onion salad

August 7th, 2012

Today’s post is short and sweet – just like the recipe. Just a few ingredients, and ready in less than 10 minutes. A delicious mix of sweet and savory, and a perfectly pretty accompaniment to any grilled protein. Go! Peach, Basil and Red Onion Salad adapted from Martha Stewart Living 3 peaches, sliced 1/2″ thick 1/4 […]


shrimp, limes and a pinch of bravery

shrimp and avocado salad

June 30th, 2012

You guys – I’ve done something for the very first time and I’m so excited to tell you about it! Let me start at the beginning….. Recently, I’ve been craving a certain kind of summer salad. I had all the flavors and components in my head and just knew it would be delicious. Now, normally […]


totally forgot to tell you…

totally forgot to tell you...

March 7th, 2012

… about “that salad”! Remember my trip to Buvette with Chelsea last month? And that amazing salad I had? I thought of little else that day and was determined to recreate it as soon as possible. I scoured the internet and found, what I think is, a pretty great replica. Oh , and it has […]


you say you want a resolution?

you say you want a resolution?

January 30th, 2012

Unlike most of you, I wait until the end of January to make my new year’s resolutions. After the whirlwind of the holidays it takes me a good month to just get back into my old bad habits routine. Trying to add in some brand new behaviors is setting myself up to fail. So I […]