when it’s too hot to cook (NOT that I’m complaining)

steak and pasta

July 12th, 2013

Sometime back in May – when I was truly convinced that summer was NEVER GOING TO COME – I instructed my family (along with anyone within earshot) to punch me in the throat should I complain even once about the heat. Of course, we are now on like the third straight week of sweltering, humid […]


101: breaded cutlets

milanese chicken with arugula salad

June 7th, 2013

I know what you’re thinking: “Breaded chicken cutlets? Do I REALLY need a tutorial on this?” Yes, you do. We ALL do. When I got my long-awaited copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I was so excited that I dropped what I was doing and immediately sat down to peruse all of the wonderful recipes. […]


“simply” perfect

"simply" perfect

March 15th, 2013

When it comes to my favorite foods, I’m a simple gal at heart. Give me a great burger, a slice of toasted pound cake, a classic BLT, and I’m happy. But sometimes “simple” can be quite deceptive. Take stuffed shells. It’s one of my very favorite dishes – cheesy, saucy – what could be better? […]


i’m a winter cook. short ribs.

i'm a winter cook. short ribs.

February 18th, 2013

I’ve never understood people who say that summertime entertaining is easier. Yes, you can just “throw things on the grill”. But the grill needs to be watched – and tended to – constantly. And then there are the side dishes to contend with – all of which have to be timed perfectly, so that everything […]


chinese new year at ruby foo’s!

chinese new year at ruby foo's!

February 4th, 2013

Did you know that next Sunday (February 10th) is Chinese New Year? It’s the Year of the Snake and we’ll be celebrating at Ruby Foo’s restaurant in New York City: Doesn’t this look like a great event? I was asked to review a recipe for the event, and immediately gravitated toward the pepper beef. Conor […]


just a pinch: vinegar

pasta with shrimp tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette

November 26th, 2012

So if you thought I knew next to nothing about olive oil….well, I know even less about vinegar. The collection in my pantry has been amassed solely based on whatever my various recipes called for – and it’s about as uninspired as it gets. Red wine, balsamic, apple cider and all-purpose white. Yawn. While I […]


never say “never” – sea bass with roasted tomatoes

jodi's kitchen and home roasted tomatoes

August 24th, 2012

Today’s post is written by my lovely friend (and fellow blogger) Jodi. I love her blog as it is truly an extension of Jodi. Her warmth and intelligence is that quiet voice that hovers over all of  her recipes; you can almost hear her saying, “You can do this”. Although I consider myself a very […]


mother’s little helper

mother's little helper

December 8th, 2011

I’m talking about my Dutch oven, you guys. Oh, and this recipe, too. Do you ever just want to throw a bunch of ingredients in a pot, stick it in the oven, and two hours later have dinner? But I mean, literally do just that? I do – all the time. The thing is, I […]


special request, part one: meg’s chicken

 special request, part one: meg's chicken

October 10th, 2011

Although I try not to post food photos without the accompanying recipe, two pictures recently found their way in – and of course, those would be the two that piqued the interest of many of you, to the point that I’ve received several e-mails asking for the recipes for these: and this: So here they […]


to market: fish tacos

to market: fish tacos

July 24th, 2011

Okay, I know I’ve gone on and on about my local farmer’s market – but it really is so great. Although not very large, it is well edited, and the vendors are of the highest quality. From biodynamic, organic produce to artisanal “street food”, we have a truly outstanding selection of fresh, delicious and seasonal offerings to choose from each week. […]