Latest Recipes

SNACKS

Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

(Serves 3-4) 1 1/2 cups cooked chick peas (the amount typically found in one 15 oz. can), drained and patted dry with a paper towel 1/2 cup grapeseed oil 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp season salt (I use @simply organic brand) Combine sugar and season salt in a large bowl […]

DESSERT

Blueberry Buckle

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Blueberry Buckle recipe, Published 2005 Streusel: 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 4 tbsp granulated sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon pinch Kosher salt 8 tbsp (1 stick butter), cut into 16 pieces, softened, but still cool Cake: 1 1/2 cups unbleached […]

DESSERT

Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 oz (2 sticks) UNSALTED butter (cut into 16 pieces) 2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt (use 3/4 tsp for regular table salt) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup brown sugar (tightly packed) 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup […]

SALADS

Pesto Potato and Green Bean Salad

(Serves 4 as a side dish) 2 cups green beans, cleaned and trimmed 2 cups pee wee potatoes, washed 1/3 cup Pesto 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved Kosher salt black pepper Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice, and then enough water to fill the […]

SALAD DRESSINGS

Eggless Caesar Dressing (aka Lemon Caper Dressing)

Difficulty Easy

This dressing gets its punch from capers and a dash of Worcestershire. It blends up super creamy and combined with crispy Romaine and Parmesan cheese, makes for a truly superb Caesar Salad. Although I developed this dressing for Caesars, I’ve learned its amazing on a multitude of vegetables, which led […]

DESSERT

Roasted Peach Cake

Recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen’s The Perfect Cake About 12 medium peaches 5 tbsp peach liqueur 4 tsp lemon juice 1/3 cup plus 3 tbsp granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 tbsp sugar in the raw 1 cup all purpose flour, plus extra for pan 1 1/2 tsp […]

MAIN COURSES

One Pot Homemade Chicken Soup

Once upon a time, I had an elaborate routine for preparing homemade chicken soup that involved hacking apart whole chickens, oven roasting my mirepoix (chef speak for onions/carrots/celery), and adding a bouquet garni (a bundle of fresh herbs). Then I had a toddler. Then she went to pre-school. Then we […]

SALADS

Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Caesar Salad

Difficulty Easy

(Serves 4) For Salad: 6 cups romaine lettuce, roughly chopped 6 cups lacinato kale, stems removed, roughly chopped 1 head cauliflower, cut into one inch florets 1/2 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated Eggless Caesar Dressing (recipe below) Parmesan Croutons (recipe below) 2-3 tbsp Grapeseed oil Kosher salt Black […]

MAIN COURSES

Turkey and Caramelized Onion Meatballs

Makes 16 large (2 oz.) or 50-ish mini meatballs (“polpettine”) Note: I don’t use dried herbs in these meatballs because I like to keep them ethnicity neutral. Doing so allows me to use them in red sauce, asian soups, and Mediterranean recipes throughout the week. If using in a red […]

SAUCES

Caramelized Onions

Makes 2 cups 3 lbs onions (about 6 medium), preferably Vidalia, julienned or diced 3 tbsp grapeseed, or other neutral oil 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt Add oil to large skillet (at least 12 inches), over high heat. Once oil shimmers, add onions and sprinkle salt evenly over them. For […]

SALAD DRESSINGS

Greek Salad Dressing

(Makes appx. 2 cups) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tbsp capers 1 garlic clove 1 tbsp honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 1/4 cups grapeseed oil 3/4 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp Kosher salt In a blender or using carafe and […]

MAIN COURSES

Best Chicken Cutlets

Difficulty Easy

(Serves 4-5 people) 3  6-8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cup all purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups panko bread crumbs 2 tsp seasoned salt (I use Simply Organic) 12 tbsp grapeseed oil 5 tbsp Kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper Dissolve 4 tbsp of kosher salt into […]

SALADS

Exceptional Herb and Parmesan Croutons

6 cups day old baguette, cubed 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup grated parmesan (pecorino is excellent too) 3/4 tsp dried basil 3/4 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp granulated garlic 1/2 tsp season salt (I like Simply Organic) 1/4 tsp black pepper Kosher salt Preheat oven to 375 and cover […]

SIDES

Stove Top Garlicky Beans with Kale and Parmesan

Difficulty Easy

(Serves 6 people) 1 lb dried Great Northern Beans 1 large bunch kale, rinsed, stems removed, and coarsely chopped 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled 1 bay leaf 2-3 tsp Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Extra Virgin olive oil red pepper flakes or calabrian chilis, for […]

SIDES

Stove Top Garlicky White Beans

Difficulty Easy

(Makes about 6 cups of beans) 1 lb dried Great Northern Beans 5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled 1 bay leaf 2-3 tsp of Kosher Salt Extra Virgin Olive Oil Freshly ground black pepper Sort through beans, removing any debris, discolored, or shriveled beans. Rinse beans, put in large bowl, and […]

MAIN COURSES

Award Winning Chili

Difficulty Easy

Okay, so this chili hasn’t actually won any awards. But, I’m 99.9% certain that if I entered this chili into a State Fair contest, it would take home the Blue Ribbon. It has converted chili haters into bean worshippers, and innumerable people have said it is the best they’ve ever […]

SALADS

Late Summer Vegetable Salad with Roasted Garlic Salsa Verde

(Serves 2 as a main or 3 as a side) 2 cups cooked farro, room temperature 1 pint cherry tomatoes, rinsed and dried 1/2 cup Roasted Garlic Salsa Verde, recipe below 4-5 baby eggplants 1 head of garlic 1/2 tsp dried basil 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp granulated garlic […]

SALADS

Crispy Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Salad

(Serves 4) 3 6-8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cup all purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups panko bread crumbs 2 tsp seasoned salt (I use Simply Organic) 10 tbsp grapeseed oil 5 tbsp Kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 4 cups of zucchini noodles (from 2 large […]