Category Mains

Asian Style Pulled Pork with Quick Pickles

Friends! I have made my first pickles.  Huge shout out to Laura at Feast Wisely and Twice as Tasty for their wisdom and for nudging me not to give up – these pickles were quick, easy, and a delightful addition to this sandwich. And, they were made from the first ever cucumber I grew in […]

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After our orientation to Italy in Chianti we hopped into our rental car and drove north to the Mediterranean coastline for a three night stay in Cinque Terre. The three hour drive highlighted the range of geography across Italy as we drove through farms, saw white capped mountains in the distance, and eventually arrived at […]

Cacio e Pepe

When your cousin marries a man whose family owns a stunning vineyard in Tuscany you drop everything and get yourself there!  Prior to this last month I had traveled to several beautiful parts of our globe but I had yet to visit a country from my family’s heritage.  I have climbed the steps of the […]

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Tonight we had a salmon feast to round out a week of celebrations!  While we chose to make this week of school vacation a ‘staycation’ it ended up to be filled with day after day of reasons to raise a glass.  Here are just some of the highlights. On Easter Sunday last weekend we spent […]

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Tuesday night, two hungry bellies, and no food plan!  This 15 minute dinner came to the rescue and surprised both of us with its simplicity, versatility, and flavor. I went hungry-shopping last weekend at Trader Joe’s and found many new treats in my cart from simmer sauces to naan to pre-riced cauliflower.  The process of […]

Farro and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is my 100th post, and I am SO happy that it gets to be this delicious dish.  Last week, while on vacation, I had lots of time to catch up on reading some of my favorite blogs and cataloging ‘things to make.’ During that process, I stumbled upon this amazing recipe from Figs and […]

Beef and Lentil Shepard’s Pie

For as many years as I can remember, my Baba’s favorite Christmas gift was a ‘food box’ from my parents containing her favorite grocery and pantry items. Each year the same old sturdy tomato box was dug out of the garage with the top pre-wrapped for easy opening and re-use.  This tradition initially started as […]

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 […]

Spaghetti Squash Primavera Bowl

We have a snow day here in Massachusetts! Not just schools, but state offices and many businesses are canceled as well, with 11-14 inches of snow predicted to fall over the course of the day.  Man, I couldn’t be happier.  I still feel that childhood rush of excitement when a snow day arrives.  The entire world […]

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 […]