Garlicky zoodles with burst tomatoes

In case my Instagram is no indicator, I’m obsessed with summer tomatoes and determined to enjoy every last one. But actually this recipe was a happy accident that came about as a result of leftover produce from making Rachael Ray’s chicken with zucchini, corn and cherry tomato sauce, which I’ll share once I’ve had a…

Strawberry cake

Monday was my dad’s birthday so I went out to Jersey on Sunday for a celebratory dinner. We had grilled flank steak, potato salad and the most fantastic tomato salad – just farm-stand tomatoes with basil, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. It was one of those perfect, easy summer meals. For dessert we had the only…

Chocolate peanut butter smoothie

You would think being lactose intolerant during the summer would be particularly hard. Do I tear up a bit every time I hear an ice cream truck? Am I an outcast at children’s birthday parties? What do I do when I want to treat myself on a sticky Saturday afternoon (which has been EVERY afternoon…

Alaskan adventures in cuisine + wildlife

Welllllll I’m back! This city girl survived the wilderness. And, as I told everyone who would listen, I am SO good at camping. I mean, ok. We weren’t exactly camping since we stayed in a cabin with electricity. And ate all our meals at restaurants except for hot dogs one night. And had access to…

Restaurant week adventures at Park Avenue Summer

My feelings about Restaurant Week(s) have changed over the years. I used to get really excited about it and spend hours planning which restaurants to hit. I still spend hours picking out a restaurant. But I’ve had enough mediocre meals at normally highly rated restaurants to know that most places aren’t pulling out the stops for…

North River Lobster Co: You’re on a boat

The Infatuation wrote an article on the best lobster rolls in the Hamptons and I’m slightly embarrassed yet slightly proud to say I’ve had all of them. The review I’m about to share is not on the best lobster roll I’ve ever eaten. However, it is about one of the best* experiences I’ve ever had while eating…

Scalloped tomatoes

On Friday morning I realized something quite shocking. I’ve worked near the Union Square Greenmarket for almost 8 months and I’ve never bought a single piece of produce. Seriously. Not even one*! Worse than that, it’s officially August meaning summer is 2/3 over in full swing and I’ve been letting the best of tomatoes, peaches, corn, berries,…