Easy Homemade Roasted Red Peppers

Homemade roasted red peppers are so much better than store-bought! Sweet, smoky, tender, and easy to make, they’re a delicious addition to salads, sandwiches, sauces, and more! Ditch the jarred roasted red peppers from the grocery store for these homemade ones! Jarred roasted red peppers often have vinegar in them as a preservative that unfortunately gives off a metallic taste. Not sure about you, but that doesn’t sound appealing at…
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Poached Salmon with Black Currant Bacon Vinaigrette

This recipe was my first blog post over 3 years ago. It was also my first YouTube video (it’s hilarious), and my first TV cooking appearance. It’s a super special recipe! It’s one of those recipes that transports you back to a place, you know? I decided to bring it back to life in a new post with a new picture (not taken on my iPhone 5) that truly does…
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Olive Oil Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Horseradish Aioli

Crispy, caramelized, and salty sweet potato fries with a simple garlic-horseradish aioli: OMG! These olive oil-based sweet potato fries are easy to make and absolutely delicious. Obviously what makes these fries over-the-top delish is the garlicky aioli with a touch of lemon and horseradish. Talk about a lovely fall-time combo! Arrange your fries in a pretty wax paper-lined glass or just eat them straight off the baking sheet. They’ll probably…
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Apple Butter Toasted Shallot & Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

Buttered bread and melted cheese: when in doubt, grilled cheese. You can’t go wrong. As a kid, I would’ve eaten a grilled cheese for every meal if my mom allowed it. Now as an adult, those kiddo cravings still rage on. This “adult” version of grilled cheese brings me back to childhood with just a dash of sophistication. Crispy prosciutto, shallots tossed in a bit of apple butter and balsamic,…
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Scallops with Toasted Coconut Butternut Squash Cream

Who says seafood is just a summer thing? These scallops are autumn on a plate! Seared in brown butter, the scallops are placed on a bed of pureed butternut squash scented with toasted coconut and nutmeg. With a few seared shiitake mushrooms and spoonfuls of black rice, this dish has an earthy dimension that’s so different and delicious. Although it sounds complicated, this dish has the “wow” effect but can…
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Healthy Banana Pancakes

Pancakes without the food coma: count me in! These 5-ingredient healthy banana pancakes include just a dash of flour (or no flour if you choose!), and are packed with protein to kick-start your day. They’re the perfect healthy, quick, and delicious breakfast! I LOVE pancakes but every time I eat them, I need a nap. These healthy banana pancakes are so tasty without the belly bloat! They’re naturally sweet, scented…
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Not Your Grandmother’s Pasta alla Norma

This take on the classic Pasta alla Norma is untraditional without straying too far away from Grandma’s recipe. It’s got puréed eggplant (instead of fried chunks), fresh tomatoes (instead of tomato sauce), roasted shallots, and julienned spicy salami – all gloriously tossed with egg noodles. Although I wasn’t anticipating this reaction, my family declared it one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever made (including from my crazy Italian fiancé). Topped…
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Brown Butter Miso Glazed Carrots

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston is Myers and Chang, an Asian-fusion hip restaurant in the South End by the incredible Joanne Chang. With COVID, I haven’t been there in WAY too long. One of my favorite dishes on the menu is miso-glazed carrots. They are one of the single best veggie preparations (and side dishes) I’ve ever had. I’m pretty sure I’ve had dreams about them. I recreated…
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Classic Negroni

My fiancé Eric introduced me to the classic Negroni when we first met. I was always the girl who went to a bar and didn’t know what to order (and never liked what I ordered). Eric took the reins and ordered a Negroni for me and it’s been our favorite drink ever since! In fact, it will be our signature cocktail at our wedding next summer! Eric is 50% Italian…
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Chinese Five Spice Rubbed Wings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sauce

Chicken waaaangggs. Yum! My fiancé Eric is originally from upstate New York where a major food group is chicken wings. These are fiancé approved which is quite an honor! The Chinese five spice dry rub on these wings is made of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds. What’s so delicious about this spice is it incorporates all five elements of taste: salty, sweet, our, bitter and umami.…
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