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

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

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

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

Alfajores de Maicena – an Argentine Treat

When preparing to study abroad in Buenos Aires during my junior year of college, my Argentine friend told me that I was going to love the food down there, but I had to try one thing in particular during my stay: alfajores. In the moment, I had no idea what she was talking about. Little … Continue reading Alfajores de Maicena – an Argentine Treat

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

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 … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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 … Continue reading Pastiera: Italian Easter Wheat Berry Pie

Hearty, Healthy, Homemade Granola

As much as I love cooking for dinner, I have to admit that I am horrendous when it comes to breakfast. Breakfast has just never come easily to me. Growing up I frequently skipped breakfast altogether in favor of savory leftovers, and while I have come to terms with more traditional everyday breakfast foods, the … Continue reading Hearty, Healthy, Homemade Granola

Heavy-Duty Brownies & The Brownie Goddess

Have you ever discovered a recipe so good that no matter how many times you make it, you don't change a thing about it? I haven't yet. My mother, on the other hand, has a favorite dessert standby that she brings to every occasion: a heavy-duty chocolate, melt-in-your-mouth brownie that is so good it does … Continue reading Heavy-Duty Brownies & The Brownie Goddess