Cherry Tomato Confit over Fresh Herbed Ricotta

I made dinner for some friends last night, and because I’m a fanatical convert to delicious homemade ricotta, I’m always looking for a way to add it to a meal.  And this is it — easy to make with all those end of summer tomatoes, and truthfully–we wanted to just eat this with a yummy […]

Pasta with Caramelized Lemons

Bright and fresh and quick to make.  Celery leaves!  Who knew? From my new favorite food writer, Melissa Clark of the NY Times.   INGREDIENTS 4 lemons 1 pound linguine or spaghetti 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling 1 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed   Pinch of sugar 3 tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ teaspoon chile flakes, more to taste ⅔ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, more to taste   Black pepper, […]

Currently Obsessed with . . .

Absurdly Addictive Asparagus Dreaming of spring asparagus! The Lunchbox  One of my very favorite movies My New Lunchbox Makes me wanna pack my lunch Charles Viancin Silicon Lids  LUVVVV these!!! Thanks, Marron! Lodge 10″ Cast Iron Skillet  This skillet has transformed my “browning!” Amora Mustard   The only mustard I use for vinaigrettes.  Susan hooked me years ago. […]

Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

 Love at first bite!  Super duper fingerlicking GREAT!  EASY to make — light and crunchy outside and flavorful and moist on the inside. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy–all the flavors of Vietnam. One of my favorite blogs of the past two or three years is White on Rice ( by Diane Cu and Todd Porter, professional […]

Campanelle with Butternut Squash and Herbed Breadcrumbs

Delicious classic Fall flavors and easy to make.  I’m ready for a temperature drop! Serves 4 Kosher salt 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 large leek, white and light-green parts only, rinsed well and thinly sliced 1-1/2 cups 1/4-inch-diced butternut squash 1 cup lower-salt chicken broth 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh […]

Currently Obsessed with . . .

I love . . . Summer Corn with Lime and Manchego –Make this before summer corn disappears! Tart Cherry and Mint Iced Tea –Seriously delish Charred Padron Peppers with Lemon and Sea Salt –They’ve FINALLY arrived in my local grocery store All the Light We Cannot See –BEST book I’ve read this year A new umbrella […]