Rigatoni with Crumbled Sausage and Shaved Cabbage

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that no one ever knows what to do with. Besides a St. Patty’s day dinner, Corned Beef and Cabbage, or Cole Slaw, how many times do you see cabbage on the menu? Never ever, ladies and gentleman. I’m about to add cabbage to your shopping list with one of my all time favorite pasta dishes. When you sauté cabbage with some garlic and shallots,…
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Dark Chocolate Ganache

Ganache: frost a cake, top on ice cream, roll into truffles, eat with a spoon. Ganache is simply liquid chocolate thickened with cream. Growing up, spoiled me would get a homemade birthday cake every year. My parents would ask me what kind of cake I wanted, and although I’d change up the cake flavor, the frosting was always “chocolate ganache.” Here’s how I eat my ganache in every season (because…
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Cod ‘alla Puttanesca’ with Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

“Puttanesca” was invented in Naples, as an intense tomato, olive, caper and garlic sauce typically mixed into pasta. With the weather in the 90s now, seafood is what I’m craving! So instead of mixing this succulent sauce into pasta, I’m topping it on flaky, fresh cod. Topped on a fillet of cod I got from my local fish market (this fish was caught less than 24 hours ago…OMG!), I’m roasting…
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Chinese Five Spice Scallops with Sweet Corn Purée

Today I’m making Chinese five spice dusted scallops with an earthy, sweet corn puree, crispy pancetta, and fresh chives. I know scallops can be intimidating to make but this recipe is restaurant quality without the million steps! Summer is also the perfect time to make a recipe like this because you can often get fresh corn, which makes all the difference in this recipe. In New England, corn usually is…
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Caramelized Onion & Kalamata Olive Pastry Twists

When I was in my teens, I had the luxury of traveling to France, and I vividly remember the delicate pastries that I enjoyed almost every day that I was there. Although some pastries were stuffed with fruit or something sweet, my favorite pastries were savory, formed into these beautiful, rustic twists. Walking into a French bakery and watching the baker tenderly mold together beautiful layers of pastry with fresh…
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Blueberry Lemon Scented Muffins

“I want blues!” When I was little, I remember begging my parents to go blueberry picking in the summer months. It was always a sweaty activity but running around with a plastic pail and hearing the “kerplunk” sound as I dropped fat, juicy blueberries in my bucket was one of my fondest summer memories as a kid. To this day, the sweet yet tart taste of native blueberries brings me…
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The Trials of Finding the “One”

Every life decade has its own set of challenges. My mom always said the 20s are the most turbulent, and I’m finally really understanding what that means! At 25, I feel like I’m steering a paddle boat through a thunderstorm (can anyone relate?!). I’m three years removed from college and I’m still finding my sea legs. I’m experimenting with careers, my parents are getting older and I’m realizing life is…
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Greek Pasta Salad

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Like me, I’m sure many of you are headed to a picnic at some point this weekend. It’s not always easy to find something to bring that’s portable, delicious, and summery. This pasta salad is all these. AND it’s quite healthy (which is a major plus when you’re already sipping beers, eating ‘dogs, chips, dips, and shoving desserts in your mouth like me!). Get all…
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Yesterday I Quit My Corporate Job

  Today feels like the first day of my life. Yesterday I quit my job, and today I’m starting my dream career. I grew up in a family where cooking was the absolute center of everything. I still remember the smell of Sunday mornings in the kitchen, when my dad would prep an elaborate “family dinner,” as we called it. Oftentimes the aroma of braised meat would permeate the whole…
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Scallops with Basil Sweet Pea Puree, Pancetta & Balsamic Cipollini Onions

Spring has sprung in New England. I went to a farm stand for the first time since October this past weekend. There’s something weirdly magical about the first time driving to the farm stand after a long winter and thawing spring. This time I picked up some fresh sweet peas and basil that was so aromatic, the scent perfumed my car as I drove home. With the sweet peas and…
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