Spring is coming and other thoughts

Hello there! Is anyone else dreaming of spring? In some areas of the world spring is already in full swing. Here, where I live, the first day of spring is fast approaching but the weather is far from "springy". We had another sprinkling of snow last night. That isn't keeping me from thinking of nice … Continue reading Spring is coming and other thoughts

Pasta asciutta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and parsley

Pasta with fresh tomatoes and garlic

This pasta recipe is incredibly easy and very flavorful. If you'd like to switch things up a little, this is a light and fresh take on tomato pasta. Pasta of choice (enough for about 4 people)2 cups fresh tomato, 4 or 5 fresh parsley sprigs, chopped2 or 3 cloves garlic, dicedolive oil (2 Tbsp or … Continue reading Pasta asciutta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and parsley

Swiss roll cake with raspberries and creme patisserie

Swiss roll cake with raspberries and creme patisserie

Here is my husband's favorite cake. Well, one of his top two favorite cakes. It's sweet, but not overly so; simple and classic. The homemade creme patisserie is smooth and creamy and the fresh raspberries add the perfect amount of tartness. I guarantee you, this cake is amazing! For the creme*: 1/3 cup + 1 … Continue reading Swiss roll cake with raspberries and creme patisserie

Broccoli rabe frittata with garlic butter

Broccoli rabe frittata (omelette)

Anyone else really like broccoli rabe? It makes a great addition to an omelette or frittata. Here's an easy broccoli rabe frittata recipe: enjoy! 4 cups chopped broccoli rabe1 clove garlic2-3 Tbsp buttersalt, to taste1/4 tsp ground black peppersplash of water or broth4 jumbo or 5 large eggs Stove temp: medium / medium-low Wash the … Continue reading Broccoli rabe frittata with garlic butter

Simple Florence fennel and tomato salad

Florence fennel and tomato salad

Fennel has a delicate, aromatic flavor that works really well with tart tomatoes and apple cider vinegar. This recipe is incredibly easy to put together. But, don't let its simplicity deceive you: it's a truly special dish and makes a light, healthy, and flavorful side. Equal parts: Florence fennel (finocchio) Equal parts: tomato (I used … Continue reading Simple Florence fennel and tomato salad

Spiced orange carrots with reduced balsamic drizzle

Plate of carrots with orange spice sauce and balsamic drizzle

Carrots are good. Can't they feel a bit ordinary at times, though? Here's a fun carrot recipe to spice things up a little. 3 medium carrots2 Tbsp butter1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice1/8 tsp cinnamondash clovessalt, to taste1/8 cup balsamic vinegar"glug" maple syrup (about 2 tsp, or so) Cut the carrots into batonnet … Continue reading Spiced orange carrots with reduced balsamic drizzle

Classic chicken roast: just like Grandma’s Sunday dinner

Baking a whole chicken is not something I do often. Believe it or not, it is actually cheaper to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store than it is to buy a whole uncooked chicken, generally. How is that even possible? Here's the only conclusion that makes sense to me: the store must price … Continue reading Classic chicken roast: just like Grandma’s Sunday dinner

The myth of the perfect mom

Perhaps because raising a child is so all-encompassing and life-changing, the pressure to do it “perfectly” feels equally intense. Being a mom is such an incredible experience. You simply cannot imagine what it will be like until you’ve lived it. At times the rewards of being a mom can feel so much greater than expected, … Continue reading The myth of the perfect mom

Chicken drumsticks with warm spice – mandarin orange sauce

6 chicken legs (drumsticks)2 cloves garlic2 shallots1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil1 Tbsp butter1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)1/4 tsp allspice about 1/2 cup watersalt, to tastejuice from 1-2 mandarin orangesparsley garnish Cut the shallots into small sections, and slice the garlic cloves in half. Place them in a skillet or frying pan together … Continue reading Chicken drumsticks with warm spice – mandarin orange sauce