White bean and kale salad with tahini dressing

So I’m going to do that thing again where I share a salad recipe on a Friday. I know, it’s not as fun as a cocktail, but when you’re staring Monday in the face in a few days (that was cruel of me, I’m sorry), you’ll be grateful to at least have “What can I…

Blueberry scones

I’ve always been big into baked goods as hostess gifts, especially if you’re staying somewhere for the weekend. I get it from my mother who taught me to never show up somewhere empty-handed, and who is a fabulous baker. One summer when I traveled a lot I was a muffin fanatic – you name the muffin,…

Hotel, motel, Mermaid Inn

When it’s below 20 degrees outside and you’ve just stepped in an ankle-deep puddle of frozen sludge disguising itself as normal sidewalk, nothing seems better than an NYC summer. Fast forward to summer in the city and all we want to do is get out of NYC. It’s like they say, grass is always greener. That being said,…

Sparkling grapefruit cocktails

This has been one of the hottest summers I can remember for a while – or else I just have selective memory. All I know is that my walk home from work has become of feat of strength worthy of an award. If commuting during an NYC summer was an Olympic event, I’d be a…

Nostalgic-for-Spain tapas

The other night I was craving Spanish food. There’s no shortage of tapas restaurants in NYC but I didn’t want restaurant-style tapas, I wanted good homemade Spanish staples like my host mother made when I lived in Spain for a month in college. You can’t really say you “studied abroad” if it was only for…

Negronis with a side of pasta

When I heard there was a restaurant serving negronis on tap I got there as fast as I could. The fact that Dante is owned by Australians* and serves up gorgeous bowls of pasta is merely a cherry on the sundae of a truly fantastic dining experience. And they don’t  just serve negronis – they really commit…

Chocolate chip zucchini bread

I know this may come as a shock, but I actually do know how to bake with things with ingredients like flour and milk and butter. I feel the need to clarify this because up until now I’m pretty sure almost every baked good on this site fell into the category of “without” foods – gluten-free, dairy-free and, some…

Little Beet Table (healthy but good)

I, like most people, have always wanted a surprise birthday party. Unfortunately, I also happen to be a big micromanager and the two don’t really go hand-in-hand. It’s pretty hard for someone to plan a party for you when you’re simultaneously coordinating every detail. But recently I got to plan a surprise birthday dinner for my…

A Tale of Two Dips

I am the worst blogger ever. No seriously, I am, because here I’ve been, eating delicious things and cooking my favorite recipes and going on vacation without even stopping to think that maybe I should take a few minutes out of my day to share these wonderful things with you people. I don’t know how…

Cilantro-lime quinoa & elote

A few thoughts on the 4th of July. First of all, how is it already here??? Seriously summer, slow the heck down. Second, now that I’ve got that off my chest, I can say that I hope you all have fantastic plans lined up for this weekend, preferably involving being outside, on a beach, with…