Day 6: A New Approach to Pasta Bolognese

Meat often gets all the credit for a great pasta sauce. That isn’t fair, in my opinion, because vegetables add an unparalleled texture and taste, which is too often overshadowed by the intensity of lamb or beef. This sauce is made with a variety of vegetables cooked in a series of ways to bring out…

Day 5: Savory Tarts and a “Grilled” Corn Salad

I think there are few people you will meet who will be passionate about the use of home-made puff pastry instead of the store bought option. The fact is, there are many things we make better in our kitchens, but there are some things that are made so well by bulk manufacturers that it takes…

The Week in Review & What’s Next

Wow. I am amazed at how clean my kitchen looks. For sure, I thought it would be an unmanageable disaster by now. To my surprise, it looks quite good. This, however, is not because of good planning, but a great family. In fact, it only looks this way because my family is excited about my…

Day 4: Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Sausage & Brioche

When you roast butternut squash it becomes creamy, delicate, and smooth. The starchy content subsides into a caramelly, sweet texture that is satisfying to consume. For this reason, butternut squash makes a great soup. This soup is ready to eat within 45 minutes if you manage your time well. I started by slicing and roasting…

Day 3: Cauliflower Fritters!

These cauliflower fritters are a new and better take on the falafel. Packed with so much flavor, they beg to be served alongside some beets and a dollop of yogurt. I roasted the cauliflower first with an abundance of different spices: cumin, sweet curry, za’atar, Herbs de Provence, paprika. Then in a food processor, I…

Day 2: Blueberry Muffins

I rely on my granny to tell me about the best blueberry muffins. She loves them–they are her favorite–and so she is the best determiner of which muffin is too sweet, too dry, or just right. After I made these muffins I was so happy that I jumped in the car and drove to my…

Day 1: Oat-y Tahini Cookies, Cilantro & Milk Marinated Chicken, and More!

Today I made oatmeal & orange tahini cookies with a chocolate drizzle. I was inspired by the new trend I’ve noticed in several food blogs: tahini here, tahini there, tahini everywhere! Tahini adds a savory and nutty flavor to baked goods that is absolutely wonderful. Tahini also contributes to a satisfying texture. I decided to…