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. Read More


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. Read More


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. Read More




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. Read More