Winter Salsa

This summer I cooked some delicious Mexican food with my friends Hector and Julio.  We made a bunch of tamales, short rib tacos, chicken with an incredible mole, rice . . . what DIDN’T we make?!  And we made a bunch of yummy salsas.  From that party emerged Culo de Fuego — A couple times […]

A Ciao Mein Confession

I don’t eat at fast food restaurants very often at all — an occasional hamburger at In n Out, and in the summer, I’ll swing by Wendy’s once in a great while for a chocolate frosty.  BUT (here’s the confession part) I do find myself at Panda Express once a month for some ciao mein. […]

Tagliatelle with Walnuts and Lemon

If Yotam Ottolenghi was my personal chef, I could be vegetarian full-time.  The recipes in his new book Plenty More are dazzling in their riot of colors, and immensely satisfying without being chef-fy fussy.  This recipe took about 20 to 25 minutes from start to table.  Lemon tamed by a little cream completes a silky sage-y sauce […]

Potato Leek Soup

Ahhhhhhtumn (such a toastier word than Fall).  This is my all-time favorite season–warmy sweaters, wrap around scarves, wooly coats, and silky, luxurious, tummy-warming  soup that’s super easy to make and ready to serve in 30 minutes.  Hell yeah! 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 large leeks 1 baking potato (8 ounces), peeled and cut into two […]

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 […]

Pan-Roasted Asparagus w/Pancetta, Leek and Pine Nuts

Truly — one of the most delicious asparagus dishes I’ve ever made — all my favorite flavors!   4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch dice 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound asparagus, stalks trimmed and sliced into 2 inch pieces on the bias 1 1/4 cup leek, thinly sliced crosswise (white and pale green parts only) 2 cloves garlic, minced Zest […]

Yogurt, Aleppo Pepper and Lemon Marinated Chicken

Simple.  Delicious.  Tons of flavor.  So grab a lawn chair, arm yourself with barbecue tongs, and GRILL THIS CHICKEN!  Super easy to make, packed with flavor and the perfect amount of heat.  This recipe will make Aleppo pepper your new best friend. Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper, easy to find at Penzeys spices or Whole foods, […]