Homemade Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Salad

This is my first year growing tomatoes, and I have been patiently waiting while my first three tomatoes ripen. Today was the day, they smelled delicious and their skin was a perfect red, we decided to harvest our first tomatoes! How do you do your first tomatoes justice though? I didn’t want to cook them…

Bastilla of Fez with Chicken

There is some strange thrill that goes along with creating complex recipes, I tend to include at least one for every country I explore. The Bastilla is an intricate savory (and yet still sweet) pastry that is generally served during wedding feasts in Fez. The dish is served between the Moroccan Salad Course and the…

Moroccan Salad Course, part 1

Moroccan meals are epic, every meal I read about feels like a wedding feast! That is how I like to cook, I am always told I make way too much food, but you never know how many people will come in the end! I invite upwards of 40 people every time, and like a university,…

Hobz – Moroccan Tagine Bread

Every time I make a big meal from a new culture, I always make a bread to go along with it. Hobz is a traditional bread in Morocco that is sold everywhere, yet it is still the most commonly made bread at home. Almost every family makes these at home everyday for daily use. In…

Fresh Mozzarella with Blood Orange, Coriander and Mint

The caprese salad is a legend, I can rarely resist one on any menu, especially when it comes with mozzarella di buffalo or a heavenly burrata, but sometimes you want to branch out with your flavors! When I was in London in April, I HAD to go to NOPI, Yotam Ottolenghi’s beautiful restaurant. All of…

Caesar Salad with Anchovies – A Meal for my Mother

Every Italian meal deserves a salad, right? This weekend, I made a Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage, and Chili Shrimp to celebrate my mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, and another successful opera she put together with her company Belcantanti Opera. I was standing in pantry deciding on flavors and my stack of anchovy tins caught my eye….

Chili Shrimp – A Meal for my Mother

Mother’s Day is always a double hitter in my family, since my mom’s birthday always falls within a few days of the holiday. When I was a kid, the only gift my parents would accept was a good report card, or a piece of my art, but now that I give grades instead of receiving…