Easy Stovetop Mussels

I really like ordering mussels off the appetizer menu at restaurants and having it as my meal. It’s an especially good move for me since I’ve inherited my grandmother’s habit of extremely slow eating. I can get mussels eaten in a reasonable time, it looks like I accomplished a lot, and my dinner companions don’t have to…

Tzatziki or Cucumber Yogurt

First off, let me say that grandparents are amazing. They love you unconditionally and yet without enforcing any rules like a parent. Basically you can do no wrong and every choice you make is fabulous. I remember in Elementary School we had Grandparent’s Day and you could bring a grandparent to school with you. Why…

An Ode to Devils on Horseback

The hubs and I recently went to Key West and had an amazing time. We rented a mustang convertible in Fort Lauderdale and drove all the way down the keys. Of course we had amazing seafood along the way from delicately cooked mahi-mahi, to conch fritters and spicy tuna sushi. YUM. Our favorite meal was…

Baked Coconut Shrimp

I first had coconut shrimp in Aruba on my honeymoon so needless to say I simply LOVE it. Shortly before the wedding, while discussing Aruba and some of the seafood I wanted to eat (obvi), my dad mentioned he really liked coconut shrimp and that I should try it. Duly noted pops. After cruising around…

Lemon Buttermilk Cake

This is an excellent cake for when you have company over, or, if you have more English sensibilities, with an afternoon tea. It could also be a delicious dessert, perhaps with some vanilla or pistachio ice cream. It went so quickly that I did not even get a picture of it until half was already…

Baba Ghanouj

I love baba ghanouj. Baba ghanouj…it makes you feel exotic just saying it. I’m lucky enough to live near a great Middle Eastern restaurant called Zaytoon’s that got me hooked on baba ghanouj. I took my brother-in-law (who has been abroad) there and he verified their authenticity. If you’ve never had baba ghanouj it is similar…

Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers

I love shrimp. I love that “jumbo shrimp” is a perfect oxymoron. My Grandma makes a mean shrimp scampi and I’ve had some other killer shrimp pasta dishes (Bar Tabac). Shrimp is delish on it’s own too. After getting the best burger, chocolate shake and fries in the world at Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack Friday…

Beyonce’s Guacamole

Beyonce, at times formerly known as Sasha Fierce, is one heck of a woman. She can sing, dance, act, and my goodness… she actually looks like she knows how to eat (now I just need to spot her at Frankie’s 457 on Court Street). So when my mom took out a recipe BY Beyonce for me to whip up…

Simple Salsa

Sometimes, it’s really, really simple. This salsa recipe comes to you from my uncle Paul, who farms the 160 acre Foggy Meadow Farm in Benson, VT. I’m pretty sure he won’t mind me sharing this with you.

Caprese Salad

Some nights, this is all you need…Homegrown basil, fresh mozzarella and 1 vine ripened tomato. Chop up some salami or dry sausage. If you are going the extra mile… some Bastone bread and Quadrello and Mahon cheese from Stinky Brooklyn. Life’s good.

Not-so-Blasé Salad

Miracles happen every day. Today I had salad. I have really been inspired since eating at http://www.thistlehillbrooklyn.com/ Of course, I’m not a completely changed woman. I ate the salad with some chicken. Below is an easy throw together meal that packs a flavorful and refreshing punch. If you ask me, the cheese and the pecans…

Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas

 I really did not know what to expect making this. It sounded good – but I was still a little scared. I love apples, and somehow the idea of mixing apple slices with cheese was a little… egh. However, it was delicious! I would suggest it for a fancy brunch. We had it for dinner…

Savory Sweet Potato Fries

A week or so ago, I bought two sweet potatoes on a whim. They’ve been sitting on my counter ever since. I was a little frightened to do anything with them. Sweet potatoes are an ugly…root? tuber? vegetable? Whatever. They intimidated me.