"if you're afraid of butter, use cream." - Julia Child

Summer

Seared Scallops with Corn Cakes and Bacon Vinaigrette

Seared Scallops with Corn Cakes and Bacon Vinaigrette

  These seasonal transitions can be rough sometimes. The temperatures are all over the map —  do I braise, is it time yet? Should I grill? It can be tough to decide what mood to be in. But in the early fall, two things are […]

Navajo Fry Bread Tostadas

Navajo Fry Bread Tostadas

  I was super excited to discover last fall that none other than Mario Batali decided to cull his culinary traveling experience into a single cookbook; one that reflects the diverse and varied food traditions of these United States. It was released during that wonderful […]

Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken

  Can I tell you a secret? I don’t normally care for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I know they’re America’s Darling, and a Blank Canvas, and Good For You. And all of those are good things to be, I’m sure. But chicken breasts are just […]

Cucumber Gin / Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumber Gin / Cucumber Gimlet

I’m growing cucumbers for the first time this year, and holy crap did I underestimate the amount of cucumbers that I would yield from that single plant. After already making plenty of tzatziki, raita, cucumber salad, cucumber sandwiches and cucumber sorbet, I was out of […]

Grilled Salmon Cobb with “Green Goddess” Buttermilk Dressing

Grilled Salmon Cobb with “Green Goddess” Buttermilk Dressing

  This time of year I feel like a young Julia Roberts — I’m just a girl, standing here, complaining about how hot it is to anyone who will listen. It’s oppressive, and I can’t take it. And I’ll tell you (and everyone else) all […]

Southwest Steak Caesar Salad

Southwest Steak Caesar Salad

  Everyone loves caesar salads, right? That’s why they’re a presumed legal requirement on every restaurant menu. But caesar salads can be so BORING. There are just so many bad ones out there that I can’t help but give it a little side-eye when I […]

Strawberry Tequila / Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry Tequila / Strawberry Margarita

The place that taught me how to make liquor infusions had a beloved phrase that divulged all the secrets of the craft. Do you want to know what it is? Are you sure you’re ready? Just put the fruit in the booze.     Seriously. […]

Olive Oil Ice Cream with fresh berries and Strawberry Balsamic

Olive Oil Ice Cream with fresh berries and Strawberry Balsamic

  I hesitated for quite some time before buying an ice cream maker. It just seemed like a bulky, one-trick pony of a kitchen appliance. Would it be used often enough to sing for its storage space in a kitchen already bursting at the seams […]

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp

Okay, I know. If you don’t have any southern roots, the name “pickled shrimp” might not sound that appetizing. It conjures up images of all the notorious pickled fish out there that make noses wrinkle at the very mention of them: pickled herring…lutefisk…I know.   […]

Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Does anyone remember the strawberry and goat cheese rage? It’s so crazy how food trends come in and out of style, over and over again. I remember when sun-dried tomatoes came to a screeching halt, only to return fairly recently, wandering back onto the food […]