waffled hash browns

waffled hash browns

May 13th, 2014

Ready for the best lunch of your life? All you need is a potato. And an egg. Oh – and your waffle iron…… Ever a fan of the multi-tasker in my wardrobe, I feel just the same when it comes to kitchen tools and equipment. I avoid, at all costs, “one-note” gadgets (okay, except for […]


sheet pan salmon and broccoli with chili-caper vinaigrette

sheet pan salmon and broccoli with chili-caper vinaigrette

May 6th, 2014

I’ve been obsessing over a certain kind of meal these days – in the “one pan” category, as I love the simplicity, and relatively fast prep. And then – as if by magic – a friend recently posted this recipe: While soups, chilis and casseroles also fall into the one-pot style of cooking, I’m an […]


favor-“ette”: handmade winter (giveaway)

favor-"ette": handmade winter (giveaway)

February 13th, 2014

Well this winter is officially THE WORST. And it’s far from over – which makes me even more excited to share with you today’s favor-“ette”! image credit: Handmade Winter Handmade Winter is a charming e-book that you will want to order RIGHT NOW. Compiled by some of the most talented bloggers around (and a few […]


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 […]


101: new york style cheesecake (with a twist)

raspberry mini cheesecak

July 2nd, 2013

Or should I say, a swirl? Like brownies, cheesecake is one of “those” recipes that evokes passionate responses over which is best. Do you like yours light and fluffy? Mile high and dense? Or studded with candy/chocolate chips/nuts? For me, it’s traditional – all the way. The cheesecake layer should be solid, but not dry. […]


d.i.y.: kouign amann

kouign amann

June 28th, 2013

I know – you’re all like, wha???? Let me explain…… Do you ever “discover” something you’ve never seen before, and then it seems like you see it everywhere? All the time? This is like that – except it’s the exact opposite. Bear with me……. Remember when I participated in the NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale? […]


milk bar birthday layer cake (aka, my longest post, ever)

birthday layer cake

June 21st, 2013

Update: I took some more pictures of the cake-assembly process recently – which I hope you’ll find helpful! You ask. I deliver. When I first posted this cake last year (for Chelsea’s 21st birthday), I was reluctant to include the recipe. It is sooooo lengthy, with sooooo many steps (as well as four – yes, […]


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. […]


shortcuts: raspberry turnovers

raspberry turnovers

June 3rd, 2013

Do you have puff pastry in your freezer? Well starting today (and forever more), you will. You must. And with this recipe (and more to come) you will know why. Puff pastry is my very favorite “shortcut” ingredient. It is infinitely adaptable, and can go sweet as easily as it can go savory. With puff […]


d.i.y.: black and white cookies

black and white cookies

May 31st, 2013

As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve had a lifelong relationship with black and white cookies. And we’ve had our ups and downs. See, the idea of the black and white – plain Jane on the bottom, sugar icing on top – meets all of my cookie requirements. And visually, I can’t resist the clean, simple […]