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

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)

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

Fina’s Grilled Baby Back Ribs

I spent this weekend at home, getting a break from the city and some much needed time with my family. It was nice to be able to walk around barefoot in the grass, take a nap outside, and eat some excellent food. Being at home is always exciting simply because it is a break from … Continue reading Fina’s Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream

Happy fourth of July, everyone! It's lovely to celebrate Independence Day and get an extra-long weekend, don't you think? I don't know what you guys were up to this weekend, but I have spent the past three days laying in the sun, playing lazy boardgames with the fam, and enjoying all of the things that … Continue reading Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream

Garlic Scape Pizza

I'm not sure what was about the evenings this week, but they really made me go overboard when buying fresh produce. Maybe my subconscious is finally ready to shed the winter comfort-food weight. Maybe it was because the official start to summer was just around the corner (happy summer, everyone!). Or maybe it was just … Continue reading Garlic Scape Pizza

Faux-Grilled (Roasted) Lamb Sausage and Summer Vegetables

Almost nothing screams summer to me like something cooked on the grill. Whenever I think of summertime food during other times of the year, it always has that just-grilled heat, that just-grilled tang, and the just-grilled caramelized sweetness. I love that the grill comes with the smell of fire and the heat of an outdoor … Continue reading Faux-Grilled (Roasted) Lamb Sausage and Summer Vegetables