The Pretty Margarita

When you make a martini, you use a pretty glass. When you pour champagne, you use a pretty glass. So why do people reach for a boring, low-ball water glass when making a margarita!? I just don’t think it’s fair to this delicious and – dare I say – elegant cocktail. So I’m making a…

Crispy Herb Chicken

My mother loves chicken, my husband loves chicken, but I’ve always thought it was pretty… meh. I do enjoy a whole roasted chicken on occasion, but that’s mainly for the crispy skin and juices – and who has time to be roasting a whole chicken on the regular? This crispy chicken with sage recipe gives…

Mediterranean Steelhead Trout

Smoked salmon. Roasted salmon. Grilled salmon. Poached salmon. Cedar plank salmon. Salmon dip. Salmon roll. Salmon eggs. Sometimes I feel like I’m ALWAYS eating salmon! Even the ladies at our farmers market fish stand make fun of me for getting salmon every Sunday. Well, just to show them, this week I opted for something new:…

Tart Cosmo for Mom

My mom and I love sipping on cosmos. TART cosmos. However our quest to find the perfect tart cosmo has been pretty illusive. That, and my mother is… particular. Well Mom, I think I’ve cracked the code! This recipe was especially fun to master. So put on your Manolos and pull out those martini glasses…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Just because you can’t have people over right now doesn’t mean you can’t serve appetizers! Crostini are a traditional Italian appetizer that are small toast rounds (smaller than its cousin bruschetta) that are topped with seasonal spreads and meats, like pesto, white beans or even chopped chicken livers. For this recipe I’ve used tangy goat…

Galette: A Hostess’ Secret Weapon

Part of being a perfect housewife is making everything look effortless. You want to come over for dinner TONIGHT? No problem! How did I have time to serve up speciality cocktails, appetizers, and 3 courses? It was nothing! Is that a tart baking in the oven for dessert? Why yes, yes it is. My secret…

White Bean & Herb Salad with Seared Scallops

When I first started cooking scallops, I would have sworn they must be sooooo bad for you, because the are sooooo good. How can something from the sea taste so buttery?! Luckily, I was relieved to find they are very low calorie (minus the butter and olive oil I cook them in). But in all…

Saturday Morning Swedish Pancakes

I love Paris. It’s probably my favorite city in the world. I love the art, I love the fashion, and I adore the food – especially crepes. But for someone who has no time in the morning (or patience), crepes are really annoying to make. You have to chill the batter for at least an…

Broccolini & Sausage Rigatoni

Tired of always topping pasta with marinara sauce? Time to move on from the first meal you made in college and try on your big girl apron. This elegant and simple meal will elevate your palate and make you – and your guests – feel like grown ups. Broccolini and sausage is a very traditional…

Chicken with Peppercorn Sauce

One of my FAVORITE weekly meals is chicken piccata. I love mixing the acid of lemon and white wine with the brininess of capers. This recipe is very similar, but instead of capers I used brined green peppercorns! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE capers, but I just needed to spice things up this week…