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

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

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

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