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

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

Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

We've been lucky in New York and have had a relatively mild summer. No, who am I kidding-- this summer has been almost positively balmy, with temperatures barely squeezing past the eighties. Which is why the past few days have felt almost torturous. After a spell in the seventies (thanks, Polar Vortex), this weekend finally … Continue reading Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

Bold Summer Corn Salad

A lot of the time when I am preparing to make something, I don't plan in advance. I might have an idea of what I am feeling in the moment, but most often (especially when I am lacking inspiration), I walk out of my apartment to one of the neighboring food markets and let the … Continue reading Bold Summer Corn Salad

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

Strawberry-Chive Vinaigrette

I have to admit: this week’s recipe was not borne out of creativity, but necessity. I needed to have strawberry vinaigrette this weekend. There was no other option. But Chicca—you might say—when does anyone ever need strawberry vinaigrette? And while I would have been asking the same thing earlier this week, desperate times call for … Continue reading Strawberry-Chive Vinaigrette

Swiss Chard and New Potato Galette

Spring has finally sprung in the good old C of NY and I have so many cravings for fresh green things that I am worried I have turned into a rabbit without noticing. Luckily enough for me, the farmer's market has been kind in supplying crunchy veggies, and I am slowly eating my way through … Continue reading Swiss Chard and New Potato Galette

Spring Fever Carrot Salad

A brief note before I start-- I am experimenting with a new blog layout. If there is anything that you'd like to see but don't, or anything that you particularly enjoy about this new layout, please let me know in the comments below! The other day was one of the first days that truly felt … Continue reading Spring Fever Carrot Salad