I haven’t been doing a whole lot of writing these days—at least not the kind of writing that captures a story and a recipe with a clear beginning, middle and end….
Psst—I’ve got a pizza secret you won’t believe. It defies most every pizza recipe, so listen closely!…
It’s a dark and chilly December evening. You’re on your way to an Italian-American Christmas party, radio tuned to the station that plays Christmas music all month long….
My vegetarian friends and family have inspired me over the years to come up with tasty, satisfying alternatives to meat-centric dishes….
I’m at the stage in my life when the holiday traditions of my childhood are shifting. With three extended families and just a handful of holidays per year, it’s impossible to eat all of my favorite dishes with the people who make them best….
Feeding a crowd is as much about planning as it is about making delicious food. There’s fridge space, oven space and counter space to prioritize—along with food to keep warm, drinks to keep cold, and guests to keep happy.
In just a couple of weeks, many of you will be opening your homes to family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. Even though I can’t help you keep your guests happy, I would love to lend a hand in getting organized for the big day.
[my Downloadable Thanksgiving Checklist enters the stage]
I usually cycle my cooking in two phases: 1. buy groceries to make a specific dish; 2. use the leftovers to make something new and different. It’s a process that makes me feel empowered, both creatively and financially (take THAT, grocery store—I’ve turned your “garbage” into dinner for free)….
Steph and I met 22 years ago through rec soccer. We were the only two girls on team House of Pizza, also known as “the red team”.
We’ve seen a lot of milestones together, from awkward crushes and *NSYNC concerts, to my $1 grilled cheese party and our respective college graduations. When I got married, Steph traveled from her home in Portland, Oregon to stand by my side and dance to Jagged Edge’s Where the Party At—the same way we did back in middle school.
With our newest milestone on the horizon (TURNING 30!), Steph and I met in Austin, Texas to eat, celebrate and enjoy the 85° October weather.
- waiting in line at Franklin Barbecue for some of the tastiest brisket on earth
- browsing the quirky wares at Uncommon Objects
- eating burgers and milkshakes at Hopdoddy
This season I’ll be joining forces with local urban farmers, Green City Growers. Each month, Green City Growers will feature a new fruit or vegetable on their site, along with tips for growing and caring for it. I’ll bring that same fruit or vegetable into my kitchen and show you how to turn it into something delicious!
You know that glow you get in your stomach from a warm meal or drink?…
There’s a slight chill in the air these days, which affirms my suspicion that fall is here and there’s no turning back. It’s a beautiful season when we rely on warmth not so much from the sun, but from our sweaters, blankets, warm drinks and slow-cooked food. I’m feeling cozy just thinking about it….