Chicken Enchilladas

An Ode to Unwritten Recipes 2013

There are a lot of reasons not to write about what you’ve cooked, but it is a little sad to see all the photos of food made that will never get a day in the sun. So, here, I’ve collected are many of my 2013 recipe “fails,” or those simply not quite good enough yet…

Christmas Breakfast - Eggs Benedict!

Christmas Morning: Eggs Benedict & Nog

Whoops, this post was just sitting in my “to publish” queue, forgotten. Please enjoy! This is easily the best way to wake up on Christmas morning… for grown-ups. Poach eggs in water and a splash of white vinegar until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft, toast some English muffins, and heat…

Seared Tuna wrapped in Boston Lettuce

Feast of the Seven Fishes 2013

Previous Steps: Prep, The Plan The Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve 2013 Menu Shrimp Cocktail with Two Sauces adapted from Poached Shrimp by Tyler Florence and featuring my own Spicy Cocktail Sauce Baccala Mantecato on Crostini adapted from Lidia Bastianich’s Baccala Mantecato Sardine Bruschetta adapted from Sardines on Toast (MarthaStewart.com) Seared Tuna & Avacado in Boston Lettuce Cups Baked Bay Scallops…

Hot Sauce Heaven

Jungle Jim’s | Cincinnati, OH

This place was bananas. I’m just going to say that we found several things we’ve been looking for–for years–here. Such as: El Yucateco Hot Sauce Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero – A bright green habanero sauce that Joe has been looking for for as long as I’ve known him. At least six years. You should…

Possibly the perfect bite.

Skyline Chili | Cincinnati, OH

This was the inspiration for the Cincinnati Chili we made recently. We go to Skyline Chili every time we’re in Cincinnati for delicious and unique fast food. And every time we’ve been, the place has been packed. Anthony Bourdain has said that when traveling you should always go to the place with the long lines. In Cincy, that’s…

Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

In anticipation of our Thanksgivikkuh trip this year, we recently made Cincinnati Chili. This excellent recipe is courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law. And, isn’t this adorable? For their wedding, they each chose a regional speciality from where they grew up, researched and prepared recipes, then created spice mixes for each and put them in tiny…

Crock Pot Venison Stew

Slow Cooker Venison Stew

Early winter at our house generally means the return of venison to the table. Here is a simple slow cooker venison stew that is in our regular/easy recipe rotation. The smaller you dice the veggies the more elegant this will look. We tend to leave it pretty rustic, i.e. very rough chopped, as you can…

Roasted Baby Potatoes and Carrots

Roasted Baby Potatoes and Carrots

There is not much to say about these except that they are f-bombing delicious and I make them all the time, on request, for family near and far. Besides French fries and chips, this is the only way my little one (who is eight) will eat potatoes. This recipe is a real treat with new…

Italian Zucchini Boats

Italian Zucchini Boats

These yummy boats are a pretty and easy veggie-centric way to use up an excess of zucchini in late summer. They are super flavorful and light, but filling. My Slow Chunky Tomato Sauce has ground beef in it, but these would also be excellent filled with sauce made with un-cased and cooked hot or sweet…

Brick oven pizza

Bar Lucca | Conshohocken, PA

We recently went out to dinner with two friends who recommended Bar Lucca in Conshohocken, PA. Overall a terrific night out, great food. The service is tapas style so the food comes out as it is finished, so there might be a traffic jam on the table, but if you are a group that likes…

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Soup

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Soup

This is the best damn mushroom soup I’ve ever had. The basis for the recipe is Creamy Mushroom Soup with Velvet Chicken from Williams-Sonoma’s Soup & Stew, which, if you are serious about making soups, you should go out and buy it immediately.  I adapted the recipe by poaching chicken thighs, which cooks them and makes broth for the…

Merrymead Farm

Merrymead Farm | Lansdale, PA

Merrymead Farms in Lansdale, PA, is such a lovely place to spend an early fall morning. We make it an annual outing with our friends-with-kids and there is genuinely enough going on that kids from two to thirty-two (or more) find something fun to do. This year, we spent most of our time slinging apples…

Turkey Club

Gypsy Saloon | West Conshohocken, PA

Gypsy Saloon is a cozy little restaurant in West Conshohocken, PA. We recently went for brunch with my mother- and sister-in-law. None of us tried their all-inclusive brunch menu–starting at $20.00–which includes unlimited Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas, assorted bread basket and assorted desserts, but only because we were driving. Anytime I see “all-inclusive brunch with mimosas”…

Sausage Pot Pie - Finished!

Easy Savory Pie Crust (for Pot Pies!)

The nip of fall is in the air and I’m about to make a million* pot pies. To get started, we’ll need pie crust dough. This is a fantastically easy recipe that yields perfectly savory pot pies with light, flakey crusts. What should I put inside? Please share your favorite pot pie recipes in the comments, I’m…

Wolffy's from the boat docks.

Wolffy’s Grill & Marina | Seneca Falls, NY

My family recently bought a boat–a motor boat. Initially, I was against this: stinky motor polluting the pretty lake, expensive dockside gas fill-ups, the hassle of putting it in and taking it out, never-ending requests from the eight-year-old to go tubing… A book on the beach for me, thanks. However, the boat has also given…

Grilled Whole Snapper

Summer Grilling Party

For this great late summer grilling menu, we travelled to Maple Acres Farm and the Lancaster County Farmers Market for all the veggies. We got this gorgeous whole snapper Bywood Seafood Market in Garrett Hill, PA. It’s a treat to have such a great little seafood shop within walking distance. We’ve had nothing but excellent experiences with their…

Piles of tomatoes at Maple Acres Farm

Maple Acres Farm | Plymouth Meeting, PA

I recently went on a dinner scouting trip with two of my favorite people, M and B, to Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting, PA. We were looking for inspiration and ingredients for the Summer Grilling Party we were planning. We came up all aces. Piles of tomatoes, basket upon basket of zucchini, onions, carrots,…

Big heirloom tomatoes.

Lancaster County Farmer’s Market | Wayne, PA

The Lancaster County Farmer’s Market in Wayne, PA, was a revelation to me. In spite of the fact that I love great, fresh food, I regularly drive past this market to go to the Whole Foods down the road in Devon. Why? I think it’s because it’s open odd days and not exactly work-friendly hours.…

Roasted Red Peppers

Mom’s Roasted Red Peppers

These are my Mom’s popular roasted red peppers. You will find them at almost every party she hosts because she roasts peppers in huge batches when they are in season and freezes them in appetizer-sized portions so they are always ready to whip together. They are great as part of an antipasti set up or on sandwiches, but…

Pear & Chicken Salad Sandwich

Pear and Chicken Salad Sandwich

Everyday I make lunch for my 8-year-old son. He loves pears, loves them! However, only about 1/2 a pear’s worth of slices fit in the designated (by me) fruit space in his (reusable, highly recommended) Easy Lunch Boxes lunchbox, so I am frequently left with half a pear to eat for my own boring breakfast…