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…

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,…

How to Steam Moroccan Couscous

We have all seen couscous on menus and blue apron orders, but that is not real couscous, real couscous is steamed and raked with love! I was making a big couscous dish in preparation for my Moroccan dinner later this month, and wanted to share with you the proper way to steam couscous in a…

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…

Seared Fingerling Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Aioli

Fingerling Potatoes are at the market!  I love the sweetness of these delicate little potatoes, and their size makes it more reasonable to serve an entire potato than those giant fellows you get at the grocery store. Secretly (not so secretly), I hate peeling vegetables. I almost never peel carrots when a recipe calls for…

Trio of Sauces – Peach Confiture, Aioli, and Cilantro Chutney

I think its evident that I don’t like to plan average cookouts! With very few exceptions, boxed foods are not even allowed in my home. I try to make my own everything, and if I don’t, I generally reach out to a reputable seller that makes products in house. Our lovely guests brought all of…

Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Ginger Dressing

The price of lettuce at the neighborhood grocery store has been getting more and more expensive! The last time I went, I ended up buying a cabbage head instead of lettuce because I couldn’t afford to pay $24 a pound for arugula.  I purchased it out of anger, I suppose, but now that I was…

French Onion Soup

It has been raining and cold all week! What happened to the beginning of summer? Whenever the weather gets wonky like this, I like to make soup, but which soup to make? I feel like you can turn anything and everything into a soup, but I tend to use those veggies that are a bit too…