Shakshuka

Brunch is the ultimate utility meal. Think about it: one meal covers breakfast and lunch, and sometimes, if you’ve particularly overindulged, you can stretch it to dinner. Not to mention it’s usually made up of dishes that combine protein, starch and veggies into one. And also that when hosting brunch for a group, almost all the work can…

Fajita chicken bowls with cauliflower rice

I don’t mean this lightly when I say this recipe may be one of the best things I’ve ever cooked, and it’s coming your way just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Added to the list of reasons I should probably stop binge-eating Mexican food is an extremely exciting event that will require me to…

Zucchini “enchiladas” with tomato-braised chicken

Ahhh how has it been a month since I shared a new recipe? Actually, I’ll tell you how… I could give you the standard excuses: work has been insane, I’ve been busy, blah blah blah. But the real reason is that my sister got married on Saturday and the whole wedding business ended up taking…

Kale salad with za’atar cauliflower & avocado-tahini dressing

Well, that’s a mouthful. (Literally and figuratively, hehe food jokes.) However, I feel a lengthy name is necessary for this salad because every part is equally important. The za’atar cauliflower is so addictive you could eat it on its own, and the avocado-tahini dressing is a total show-stopper. This is one of those lunches you prep the…

Zoodles with avocado pesto and shrimp

Don’t get me wrong, zoodles and shrimp are great but this post is really about the avocado pesto. It should actually be renamed “magic pesto” because that is how great it is. Last April, I made pesto for my book club and to accommodate various members’ dairy allergies, myself included, I made one batch dairy-free. What I…

Cumin roasted carrots with avocado

Growing up, cooked carrots were one of my no-go foods. Truthfully, most foods were on that list. This seems almost impossible to believe now but I was an extremely picky eater as a child. I simply refused to eat. So every night, after my parents and sister had finished their dinner, I got moved to the kitchen…

Garlic-butter foil packet salmon

Sunday night dinners with Mark usually go like this: “I don’t feel like cooking tonight. Where should we eat?” “I don’t know, maybe somewhere close?” “Yeah but I don’t like any of those places.” “Well, where do you want to go?” “I don’t know. Nowhere. Maybe I should cook.” 2 hours later… “Can you pick…

Spinach artichoke dip

I have a weird relationship with casseroles. I’ve had some great ones, don’t get me wrong. My mom makes a cauliflower gratin for Thanksgiving that, if it counts as a casserole, is one of the best I know. I also love a good breakfast casserole, the silver bullet that makes hosting brunch compatible with sleeping…

Beef chili

Last year at Christmas, I thought I was going to win “best girlfriend award” for getting my boyfriend Islanders tickets. I printed them out and put them in a card and waited eagerly for him to open it. And he was really excited! That is, until he looked at when the game was. “You bought us tickets for…

Argentine reminiscing and a kale salad

Look out, New York City! We’re back from our adventures in South America. I wish I could say I’m completely relaxed and at ease with the world but something about coming back to snow, slush, freezing temperatures and the realities of a desk job has the the effect of making vacation seem extremely far away….

Popcorn snack mix

Guyyyys I’m going to Argentina today! Tonight actually, at 10pm. I’m skipping town for 9 days of sunshine, steak and red wine. That’s what you do in Argentina, right? I guess I’ll find out. Suffice to say, I’m pretty excited. Also, I’ll be a little quiet on the blogosphere until my return. And on that…

Red pepper gougéres

Disclaimer: I was too excited at the party where these were served to take after pictures! Rest assured that the final product is glorious to behold. A few weeks ago we held my parents annual Christmas party for neighbors and friends. It’s my absolute favorite night of the year. Well, at least it was until…