bake: jalapeno cheddar bread.

By now, you know I love baking bread–especially the no knead variety cooked in a dutch oven and steamed perfectly for a crisply outer shell. Enter my kicked of version of a simple no knead bread. To this dough, I added three generously large jalapenos to the dough, as well as heaping cups of cheddarContinue reading “bake: jalapeno cheddar bread.”

make: quick fridge pickle.

To know me is to know I love all things pickle. But not sweet pickle. This is a quick refrigerator pickle from Smitten Kitchen and I can’t say enough about it. Easy, delicious, a necessary staple in my house. You can tweak the recipe to suit your needs–I didn’t have any fresh dill, so theseContinue reading “make: quick fridge pickle.”

bake | copycat levain chocolate chip walnut cookies.

I did it. I went to Levain when the doc and I were in NYC this past October, and I ate one of their monster chocolate chip walnut cookies that tastes bready, almost, its so dense. And then I went home and managed to recreate them in my own kitchen. I decided the keys were:Continue reading “bake | copycat levain chocolate chip walnut cookies.”

cook | sheet pan shrimp scampi.

Quick but delicious weeknight dinners are my jam. I don’t like to spend more than 40 minutes but I don’t want to be completely boring or entirely routine. I like a bit of variety and I like to have a bunch of strong meals in my rotation. I recently tried a new sheet pan recipeContinue reading “cook | sheet pan shrimp scampi.”

cook | spicy linguine with clams.

I love making linguine with clams–and I like to change it up; sometimes a red sauce, sometimes a white wine one. This one was made with some leftover tomato sauce I had in the freezer and needed to use up. I added white wine, garlic, spicy red pepper flakes, parm, and a little basil beforeContinue reading “cook | spicy linguine with clams.”

cook | niçoise porch life.

Salad niçoise is one of my go-to’s for back porch summer dinners, especially with guests. I like that guests can mix and match–add anything to their salad they like, and leave off stuff they don’t care for. It’s a win win. And now that we’ve finally got back porch weather, bring on those entree salads. WhatContinue reading “cook | niçoise porch life.”

cook | orange scented cod.

I love trying new fish dishes–particularly ones that stand up to cold weather. This orange scented cod with jasmine rice is just the dish. It really sticks to the ribs in a healthy way, and the doc and I really enjoyed it. Plus, it takes no time at all, so it’s the perfect weeknight dinner.Continue reading “cook | orange scented cod.”

cook | saffron pasta with zoodles.

Man! This dish! A new one I tried twice this late summer and definitely one to go in my regular rotation mostly because zucchini are plentiful and you can get them any season and not notice a lesser quality like tomatoes, for example. This pasta recipe using a combiation of bucatini and zoodles (that’s zucchiniContinue reading “cook | saffron pasta with zoodles.”

dinner | prosciutto wrapped sole.

Some days, my only opportunity to make and produce something creative is in my kitchen. And that’s o.k. because cooking can be as creative or as rigid as you’d like it to be. Often times, I might look in my fridge to see what I might make that I hadn’t planned and come up withContinue reading “dinner | prosciutto wrapped sole.”