Big Nana’s Ricotta Cheesecake

Ever since we could make decisions on our own, my mom would let my brother and me choose our birthday cakes. Birthdays were already exciting, of course, because it was a day where we got to be the center of attention, but choosing a cake made it that much more special. At an age where … Continue reading Big Nana’s Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon Doughnuts with Blackberry Jam Filling

As you guys might have guessed, I am a big fan of making things from scratch. I think they usually taste better than the alternative, and while I'm not above cutting corners, sometimes it just feels nice to create a dish from raw ingredients, and to be able to say that you've made something completely … Continue reading Lemon Doughnuts with Blackberry Jam Filling

Our Growing Edge – January 2015 Round-Up

Hello, bloggers, and welcome to the January 2015 edition of Our Growing Edge! I am finally recovered enough from whatever winter plague I caught, and so without further ado, am pleased to jump into the wonderful bounty of treats that my fellow bloggers experimented with in January. For those of you uninitiated, Our Growing Edge … Continue reading Our Growing Edge – January 2015 Round-Up

Slow-Cooker Carnitas Dinner Party (+ Pickled Onion & Habanero Salsa and Mexican Black Beans)

Hello hello, all you wonderful people! Before we get into the meat of this post (ha, ha), let me take this opportunity to remind you that this month, I am hosting Our Growing Edge, a monthly community challenge and link-up group. The group is collecting some wonderful things this month, and I would love to … Continue reading Slow-Cooker Carnitas Dinner Party (+ Pickled Onion & Habanero Salsa and Mexican Black Beans)

Porco à Alentejana (Portuguese Pork and Clams)

In food, there are just certain things that you know go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Brownies and ice cream. Spaghetti and meatballs. The list goes on. These combinations have withstood the test of time, crafted as pairs because of one simple reason: both ingredients compliment each other perfectly. In these pairs, each item is … Continue reading Porco à Alentejana (Portuguese Pork and Clams)

Zucchini and Tomato Tart

I've mentioned before that when it comes to dinner, more often than I'd like to admit, I fly by the seat of my pants. Sometimes there just isn't enough time to plan something out fully, or enough energy to follow recipes all the way through. Sometimes I just feel adventurous. And while a lot of … Continue reading Zucchini and Tomato Tart

Corn Chowder

I am going to ruin your summer day, I'm sorry. I'm going to say the phrase that you have been avoiding since March. It's the phrase that you haven't needed because you've been diligent about eating fresh and delicious things, whether or not you have noticed they are healthy. I'm going to say the phrase … Continue reading Corn Chowder

Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers, and Basil

Very occasionally, I am caught completely unprepared by dinnertime. It's not that the time itself sneaks up on me-- no, my stomach is a pretty good timekeeper in that respect. It's that dinner itself appears looming, an insurmountable obstacle that I am somehow caught unprepared to handle. I forget what I'm doing. I don't know … Continue reading Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers, and Basil

Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes alla Romana

Guys. Let's talk for a second about fresh summer tomatoes. How incredible they are. How versatile they are. How it doesn't matter which kind you get-- the big juicy ones, the misshapen funny-looking ones, or the pop-'ems-- because no matter their size/shape/flavor, they always taste the way I imagine sunshine tastes: bright, warm, and tangy-sweet.  Now … Continue reading Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes alla Romana