Nibble | Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Carrot Hummus with Toasted Almond and Carrot Top Gremolata

Did you burst out of the gates with a new-year-new-you attitude on New Year’s Day? Full disclosure: I’ve lost my resolve as January comes to a close. Our family just returned from a ski trip to Telluride where we indulged in everything from an in-room dinner of beef short ribs over mushroom risotto to a mountain top lunch of cassoulet (seen below) at Bon Vivant. ‘Dry January’ came to a screeching halt as well, but I digress.

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Warm Up | Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Sage

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This hearty butternut squash soup appeared in my first cooking and entertaining feature for Sheridan Road Magazine. Created for a relaxed fireside gathering, it was  served in my great grandmother’s espresso cups (shown below) as a starter. I like it best, though, ladled into big bowls and served piping hot alongside a loaf of crusty bread. Continue reading “Warm Up | Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Sage”

The Breakfast Table | Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Five weeks ago exactly, we dropped our fourteen-year-old daughter off to board at a fine arts high school where she is majoring in ballet. My heart aches when I think of how much I miss her, but the pure joy in her voice every time we speak says it all. She’s in the right place. Continue reading “The Breakfast Table | Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting”

Entertain | Apricot Glazed Spring Lamb Chops

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Lamb chops are a favorite spring starter or main for me when entertaining. They are elegant yet simple – who doesn’t want that? But you don’t have to wait for a party! These are so easy to put together, you can have them on the table for a weeknight dinner in less than half an hour. I created this recipe for the March issue of Sheridan Road magazine, thinking they would be perfect for an Easter celebration. Continue reading “Entertain | Apricot Glazed Spring Lamb Chops”

Pantry | Oats and Honey Granola Bars

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These wholesome, honey-kissed granola bars have become a favorite of my daughter Hannah and her tight-knit crew of friends. In fact, one has been patiently waiting for me to post this recipe (Julia, this is for you!). Perfect as an anytime snack or crumbled over yogurt for breakfast, they are leaps and bounds better than the store bought version, and a fraction of the price. Continue reading “Pantry | Oats and Honey Granola Bars”

Bread Plate | Blackberry Quick Jam and Sam Beall’s Skillet Corn Bread

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Sam Beall, the adored California Culinary Academy and French Laundry trained proprietor of Blackberry Farm, died tragically in a skiing accident on February 25th. The 39-year-old father of five was a true visionary, turning his parents’ Walland, Tennessee farm into a world class inn and culinary destination, gathering three James Beard Awards and the designation of Best Hotel for Food Lovers by Bon Appetit magazine along the way. Beall’s cookbooks and his rustic, loving approach to food has provided great inspiration for me over the years. Continue reading “Bread Plate | Blackberry Quick Jam and Sam Beall’s Skillet Corn Bread”

Light Bite | Thai Summer Rolls with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Summer rolls are one of those snacks I frequently picked up at the market but never took the time to make. Until now! I don’t think I’ll ever buy them from the store again. Putting them together is so easy and they are wonderfully versatile – just fill with what you love or have on hand.  Here I used shrimp, red bell pepper, scallion, cucumber, carrot, and thinly sliced jalapeño.  Avocado, bibb lettuce and lightly blanched asparagus would be great additions as well.  Just don’t leave out the mint and cilantro – they are the ingredients that will elevate your rolls above the ones from your corner grocer. Continue reading “Light Bite | Thai Summer Rolls with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce”