Fish Sticks and Fries


So, I was in the process of planning out my post about the different things we can all do with end-of-the-season kale when I had a moment. As I was sitting and writing the post, our dinner of fish sticks and french fries was cooking in the oven behind me. I have a stomach bug […]

Dear Pumpkin,

yellow pumpkin on old weathered wooden background

I think it’s time we talked. Starting at the end of August, I see signs of you everywhere. “Pumpkin Bread”…. “Pumpkin Spiced Ale”… “Pumpkin-Filled Pasta”… “Pumpkin-Flavored Pumpkin.” I’m going to just say it: there are some things that pumpkin has no business being in. Pasta is one of them. Beer is another. And no offense, […]

Making Your Own Tomato Sauce


This is the time of year when gardeners can happily find themselves up to their ears in tomatoes. As an Italian, I don’t ever have a problem making those bad boys disappear. However, sometimes we find ourselves needing a change from fresh caprese and bruschetta or desiring to save some of our tomatoes to enjoy […]

How I Save Time in the Kitchen

Vegetable soup, slow-cooked in a crock pot, ready to serve.

This weekend, I had the house to myself — three blessed days of no work, no husband, no kids… no adulting necessary! And I have to admit, just between us, that it was intoxicating to be able to do what I wanted with my own time. I’d get up when I felt like it, walk […]

Eat More Ugly Food!

Fruits and vegetables on a supermarket shelf.

We sit here and talk about food and recipes every week, and every now and then I’m struck by how lucky we are. The fact that we can run up to the grocery store at a moment’s notice to grab a gallon of milk or a bag of apples can often be taken for granted. […]

Baking for Food Allergies


You know the feeling: it’s time to host a party, you prepare the menu, you ask the guests if there’s any food allergies. One replies back with a big “Yes,” and adds, “I can’t eat dairy.” Dun dun DUUUUUN!!! Suddenly you have to rethink all that you’re putting in your food. You have to scramble […]

Making Artisanal Butter

Buttered Bread Roll

It never fails: I go into the fridge to retrieve the butter for baking, only to realize that I don’t have an entire stick left or that it is gone entirely. It also never fails that I realize this at a time when running out to get some is not an option. Well, never again […]

Turkey Meatballs


Now that my 10-month old daughter Elle is eating solid foods, I’ve been introducing her to a variety of meats. She has four little teeth and she loves to eat chicken and turkey, well-cooked and chopped into small pieces. Elle is getting very dependent and wants to pick up her own food, inspect her food, […]

Lettuce Bombs

Hand holding a green plant on soil

So, I got a little ahead of myself when I took a jaunt to Tractor Supply Company with my son a few weeks ago. Winter was long, the sun was shining, my son had just picked out the most perfect windmill birdfeeder, and the organic seed display was freshly stocked. That being said, I went […]

Seasoning Your Pan Like a Pro

Kitchen Utensils

Coconut oil is right up there with vinegar on my list of go-to household items. From cooking and baking, to lip balm and lotion, coconut does seem to be a bit of a miracle worker, so when I endeavored to season a recently-purchased cast iron grill pan, I looked no farther than my trusty tub […]