Chicken Tortilla Soup

You know those blogs where everything is perfectly staged and every day is a photoshoot but when you actually read the recipe, it’s just how to make store bought hot chocolate? This is not that kind of website. What I lack in photography skills, I make up for with awesome from scratch recipes. Like this…

Serendipity Style Turkey & Brie Sandwich

I’ve said before that there are meals worth getting on a plane for. Lunch at Serendipity 3 NYC is one of them! It’s been years since I’ve had the pleasure of visiting New York City and eating an epic open-faced sandwich at Serendipity but it remains one of the best lunches of my life. We…

Lamb Meatballs

My regular readers know that Greek food is my absolute favorite. I’ve been making these lamb meatballs since I was a teenager. I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe before! I serve lamb meatballs all sorts of ways: with tapas, in gyros, on pasta, and in salads. The key here is fresh mint, fresh…

Simple Squid Ink Pasta

My friends were so nervous to try squid ink pasta! It sounds terrifying but trust me, squid ink really just gives pasta a brilliant black hue. It does not taste fishy at all, I promise! I love making squid ink pasta because it’s so dramatic looking but it’s especially satisfying in October when you want…

Caprese Salad

I make so many dishes like this that I don’t even consider a recipe but it’s occurred to me lately that it’s shockingly difficult to find basics like this on the internet. The key here and with so many great dishes is the ingredients. I only make this when I can get great tomatoes, high…

Greek Orzo Salad

I hope y’all aren’t sick of reading about chilled pasta salads because I’m certainly not sick of eating them! They’re just so convenient for outdoor dining, which as you know is my favorite way to eat. I whipped this dish up to take on a lovely vineyard picnic with my friend Sarah when she was…

The Rose Table Season One

Season one of The Rose Table premiered in May and ran through July. I wanted to show my readers how to make some of my favorite summertime recipes, including rosemary grilled salmon, chilled cucumber soup, and stracciatella ice cream. We went boating, enjoyed a vineyard picnic, dined in the garden, and even traveled to the…

Chilled Cucumber Soup

I could not love this recipe any more. I spent years whipping up variations of chilled cucumber soup and this is hand’s down my favorite. Creamy and flavorful with crispy cherrywood smoked bacon, this is really everything I want in a summer dinner! This is an especially great recipe for summer entertaining because you make…

Rosemary Grilled Salmon

Practically everyone who’s had dinner at my house has had my Rosemary Grilled Salmon. I make it all the time because I don’t have to think twice about it and it always turns out perfect. This recipe easily doubles or halves. You can even make just one packet for yourself! I often pair this main…

Fideos with Chorizo and Mussels

This was my first attempt at making the Spanish pasta FideosΒ at home and I can honestly tell you this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made. Creamy, smoky, with a touch of heat from the chorizo, this is a winner. And it’s so simple to make! The garlic paprika aioli really sends it…

Seafood Chowder with Mussels

The only thing better than a Sunday is a rainy Sunday. Those close to me know to drop by my house when it’s raining. I get into so much trouble in my kitchen on rainy days! This weekend I had a craving for seafood chowder. Here’s what I came up with. This is not a…

Bell Pepper Tilapia with Basmati Rice

This is a happy, easy weeknight dish. I say happy because it’s bright, colorful, full of nutrients and bell peppers always taste like sunshine to me. This is the kind of dish I like to cook during the week when it’s just me because it’s healthy and easy. (Contrary to popular belief, I don’t cook…