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…

Rosemary-orange gin & tonic

My best cocktail creations tend to spring up by accident as a result of leftover ingredients from cooking recipes. Lately, I’ve been into jazzing up gin & tonics. It’s pretty easy to ad lib as long as you keep things simple, picking a flavor or two that will complement the botanicals that gin already brings to the table….

Pecan squares

I’ve been living the jet setting lifestyle lately and let me tell you…it is not that glamorous. At least not when you’re flying on an Economy budget and struggling to eat sort of healthy and maybe actually work out every once in a while. Between work trips to California every other week, a wedding in…

Boozy baked french toast

Is there anything not to love about that phrase? Today is a Wednesday and we need something to get us through the rest of the week. That something is the promise of boozy baked french toast Saturday morning. Or Thursday morning if that’s your style! I knew today was going to be a weird one when I…

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…

Chocolate dutch baby

Also known as, giant chocolate pancake. I’m developing a penchant for baking enormous pancakes circa 12am on weeknights. First it was an apple clafoutis. Then, last Thursday, at the end of a pretty terrible week, inspiration struck again when Deb Perelman shared a recipe for a chocolate dutch baby and I was all like, “I…

Thai sweet potato carrot soup

Not gonna lie, it’s taken me a while to get back into the cooking game, post-vacation. First I was sick, then it was a holiday weekend, then it was my BIRTHDAY (sidebar: I love all birthdays but especially my own, and celebrate it for the entire month of January. I feel this is something you should…

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…