Cranberry orange butter cookies

Merry Christmas Eve, friends! I don’t know about you but my past week has been a blur of cooking, baking and shopping. I’m off work until January 9th and leaving for Argentina in 5 days! I bought a giant suitcase so it’s really happening. Yet somehow despite all the exciting things coming up, I wasn’t…

Sweet, spicy & roasted kale salad

Hellooooooo from an extremely long hiatus! I am so sorry, I don’t know what to say except that this is an exceptionally crazy time of year – albeit a great one. I started stressing about Christmas in November so naturally  I made a to-do list and that helped a little but not a lot. Although it’s completely…

Classic apple pie

I am not a person who gets excited about pie. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m definitely not one of those people who “save room” for dessert on Thanksgiving. Hellooooo? Have you met stuffing? Or sweet potato casserole? Or cauliflower gratin with gruyere and prosciutto??? There are boundless reasons to fill up before dessert. And after all,…

Pumpkin chai overnight oats

My roommate hates pumpkin so the other night I read her all the items containing America’s favorite gourd in the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer. Here are some of my favorites: Cold pressed pumpkin harvest juice (What would this even taste like? Like drinking a Yankee Candle?) Pumpkin cream cheese (Ew) Pumpkin pie mochi ice cream (Let’s take something…

Apple clafoutis

And overnight, fall is here. I was in Connecticut this weekend and I thought it was just where we were but nope! Autumn has hit New York City and we officially need light jackets. Other things that are happening now: You can drink a hot latte on your way to work without expiring. Nobody will look at…

Key lime pie popsicles in September

An open letter to the weather: Normally, I would not think it appropriate to post a recipe for popsicles in September. But normally, it’s not 90 degrees in New York City the weekend after Labor Day. This is more than an Indian summer – this is just cruel. Like the rain that appeared everyday when I…

Perfect barbecue spread

Confession: 2 weeks ago I put together an amazing barbecue feast and it’s taken me until now to share it. It’s practically inexcusable because it really was the perfect summer spread. And I wanted to share all the recipes in time for all of you to enjoy over your Labor Day weekends – which I’m sure were…

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…

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,…

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…

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…