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…

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…

Strawberry-Chive Vinaigrette

I have to admit: this weekโ€™s recipe was not borne out of creativity, but necessity. I needed to have strawberry vinaigrette this weekend. There was no other option. But Chiccaโ€”you might sayโ€”when does anyone ever need strawberry vinaigrette? And while I would have been asking the same thing earlier this week, desperate times call for…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s not a secret. Believe me, we all do it. Sometimes we get lazy. Sometimes we are forgetful. Sometimes a prized ingredient is left unused in the fridge or on the counter, our best intentions for it simply no match for the exhaustion/excuses/whatever that has shown up in our lives since its purchase. Luckily enough…

Pastiera: Italian Easter Wheat Berry Pie

Normally when I go home, all I want to do is schlub around in my pajamas, gorge myself on delicious food, and hang out with my spectacularly cool parents. Today I didn’t get to be a pajama slob, which means that I only got through two of my three weekend goals. Normally, I may be…

Quick-Marinated Steak Salad and Caramelized Garlic Dressing

Sometimes, things just work out– you’re inspired by a flavor, an ingredient catches your eye, or you are hit by a burst of inspiration. You can’t count on these things happening and can’t plan them in advance. It’s the spontaneity of the flavors coming together that make them really special. This week, my inspiration came…