Rhubarb Gin Fizz (+ a Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer)

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Happy Fourth of July, all! Question…what are you bringing to your neighborhood barbecue or fireworks celebration? If you’re not sure yet, I have the answer. This refreshing, simple, and utterly unique summer cocktail is a crowd pleaser. I LOVE these for big social gatherings because everyone can enjoy them – and honestly, the non-alcoholic spritzer version is every bit as yummy as its ginned up cousin. Tart, sweet rhubarb-lemon simple syrup brings a flavor punch as well as visual payoff with its festive Nantucket red hue, while the sparkly club soda refreshes and hydrates. If you can’t find rhubarb, substitute raspberries for an equally beautiful and delicious simple syrup. Read More



Sip | Bourbon Smash + Writing for a Magazine

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The August issue of Sheridan Road hit mailboxes yesterday. It brings me so much joy to create cocktails and recipes for the magazine each month, and choosing what to make is a big part of the fun. The magazine’s fabulous editor (and I’m not just saying that – she really is a dynamo), Dustin O’Regan, will share with me the stories she plans to feature, providing me with a springboard for ideas. From there I develop recipes that marry what’s happening in the magazine with ingredients that highlight the current season. Read More



Taco Night | Grilled Swordfish Tacos with Lemon Herb and Wild Wood Sorrel Crema

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If you’re thinking the tacos above look as though they’ve been sprinkled with weeds just pried from a garden, you are correct. And no, I haven’t lost my mind! A few years ago, I read an intriguing article on foraging in the wild and was surprised to learn how many edible plants we overlook. My favorite, and pictured above, is the wildly abundant Yellow Wood Sorrel. Also known as Oxalis Stricta, it has heart shaped leaves that grow in sets of three with tiny yellow flowers, and tastes deliciously sour and lemony. If you’ve never noticed it before, you’ll see it everywhere now that you’ve read this. Read More


Entertain | Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon, Fennel and Parsley

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Happy Summer everyone! I hope the sun has been shining in your corner of the world. Construction on the kitchen is moving along, though I am absolutely dying to get in there and cook. Three and a half more weeks, if all goes as planned! Luckily, the weather has been incredible, so we’ve made good use of our grills. I thought I’d share my recipe for Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon, Fennel and Parsley, posted last summer on the aesthete and the dilettante. It is simple enough for a weeknight family meal, yet perfect in presentation for your next get together. Be sure to choose a fish with firm flesh, clear eyes, and a super clean smell – don’t be afraid to ask for a closer peek! I chose trout because it was fresh and local, but snapper would be a great substitute.

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(Mostly) Make-Ahead | Seared Salmon and Lemon Dill Sauce with Red Rice, Pistachio and Arugula Salad

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Seared salmon is a staple in our home. In fact, it’s the only fish preparation my definitively non-fish loving son will eat without complaint! Once you make it this way, I doubt you’ll ever go back.

I created this dish for the February 2016 issue of Sheridan Road magazine as a make ahead pre-theatre menu. The salad is best at room temperature, so you can serve it immediately or prepare it a day in advance and set it out an hour before serving. The salmon isn’t make ahead, but it cooks in eight minutes max! By the time you set your table, the entire meal is ready. Read More


Simple Supper | Bucatini with Mixed Herb and Walnut Pesto

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When most people think of pesto, the traditional version made with basil and pine nuts comes to mind. Did you know you can make pesto with many herb and nut combinations? You can even use blanched spinach, kale or arugula instead of, or in combination with, fresh herbs. Mixed herb pesto is one of my favorites, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover tender herbs in your fridge. I used a combination of basil, parsley and chives, but a handful of fresh mint or a smidge of tarragon would be wonderful additions as well.

Here the pesto is served over bucatini, but it’s also a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables, meats, fish, and shellfish. Everyone in my family loves a dollop stirred into mayonnaise for sandwiches (especially roast beef), and I love it in place of tomato sauce on homemade pizza. So versatile! Read More