Nibble | Italian Sausage and Herbed Ricotta Crostini

These easy to make crostini are an elevated, bite-sized play on Italian sausage sandwiches. They are ideal for a Superbowl spread or as a starter for your next casual get together. Make a few without sausage  – your vegetarian guests will thank you.

Warm Up | Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Sage

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…

Greens + Things | Creamy Basil Avocado Dressing and Dip

The upside of feeling tied to the house during the kitchen renovation  – time spent in the garden! Tending to it diligently along with cooperative weather have the vegetables off to a great start and the herbs in plentiful abundance.

Entertain | Apricot Glazed Spring Lamb Chops

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…

Pantry | Oats and Honey Granola Bars

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…

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

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…

Light Bite | Thai Summer Rolls with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce

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…