Category Experiments

The Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Portabellini Mushroom Experiment

Walking through the grocery store this afternoon we found some mini portobello mushrooms that quickly found their way into our cart.  After spending the last few weekends out of town we were excited to ‘treat ourselves’ with a homemade meal of steak tips and green beans (post coming soon).  As an appetizer I made some […]

The Green Shakshuka Experiment

I have been on a reading rampage so far this year as I work towards my goal of reading 25 books in 2017.  So far I’ve read 11. Commuting used to be an anxiety producing part of my day filled with honking horns and unexpected construction.  (Have I mentioned I live in Boston?)  Now, however, […]

The Harissa Breakfast Bowl Experiment

Harissa, I’m in love!  Over the course of the last year I’ve eagerly saved several recipes that highlight this North African hot pepper paste such as The Book Cooks’ one pan roasted chicken.  Some reading led me to the fact that each brand can have a slightly different flavor, and so I picked up a […]

The Chicken Pot Pie Experiment

With multiple feet of snow having fallen in the last several days we are wrapping up our THIRD snow day in a row here in New England.  Over the course of this unexpected break, I have cooked up a large batch of rice and beans, organized our tool area in the basement, and have listened […]

The Shakshuka Experiment

I’ve just wrapped up our 8th annual ladies weekend, a time for some of my former roommates and I to sneak away from the world, reconnect, reminisce, drink wine, sleep in, and indulge.  With a new baby in the group and one friend who moved down to Virginia, we chose to stay at home in […]

The Baked Gigandes Experiment

I’m such a sucker for new beginnings. I love the opportunity to step back, reset, and map out a new path for the road ahead.  This year, as we enter 2017 I have decided to create some intentions rather than resolutions.  Posts like this amazing one shifted my thinking. Rather than saying – as of […]

Barley and Butternut Squash Pilaf

Unfortunately we had to postpone our Friends Thanksgiving this weekend due to a health scare in the family as my grandfather-in-law recently accepted hospice care.  The news brought a deep sadness into our home, but in this season of giving thanks I tip my hat to hospice and the incredible service that they provide.  Their […]

The ‘Beans and Quinoa’ w Kielbasa Experiment

Well, I’ve had my first kitchen mishap in a long while. Recently, while throwing together this dish, I ended up accidentally nicking my finger as I was cutting the peppers.   No need to get into the details but as we say in school, I certainly received a ‘logical consequence’ for failure to use proper knife […]

The Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Experiment

The Blog is One year old! What began as an outlet for my grief after losing my mother about a year and a half ago has morphed into a robust documentation of my journey gaining confidence in the kitchen. My mother was my confidant and my cheerleader. We talked every day – particularly on my […]

Tahini Tofu Fried Wontons

Ok blog world friends, I need some advice about lighting.  In this first year of posting and snapping pictures I’ve realized the dramatic impact of lighting in photographs.  To me, my blog is a place to document all of the things I have learned to cook, and the pictures are a visual reminder that I […]