Simple Summer Steak and Potatoes ~ Fire up the Grill!

Grilled Strip Steak with Thyme Orange Shallot Compound Butter and Grilled Potatoes with Crumbled Bacon Vinaigrette.

I love simple food with big flavor!  Grilling wins my heart every time with its ability to elevate great ingredients and limit the time I spend in the kitchen.  AJ and I really stepped up our grill-game in collaboration with Fire Magic Grill.  If you are in the market for a state-of-the-art grill, this beauty is a work […]

Watermelon Mojitos …for the ‘Rents

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AJ shook up this rockin’ Mojito at the peak of summer last year.  At the time, I was 28 weeks pregnant. (By omitting the rum, this drink makes a fantastic MOCK-tail that certainly delighted this Baby Mama!)  Back by popular demand, and with rum in-tow this summer, we are ready to toast the sun, the […]

Master Your Holiday Meal!

On Set with Brian Dunn, Corporate Development Chef of Roche Brothers at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor

‘Tis the season for big family dinners and holiday entertaining!  Are  you hosting this year?  If you are looking for some last minute inspiration for your holiday meals, check out the Master Your Holiday Meals web cooking series that Brian Dunn, Corporate Development Chef at Roche Bros and I put together with 5 home cooks across Massachusetts! […]

Car Seat Safety 101 TONIGHT! 9/25 9pm EST #UPPAchat

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Tonight is a big night!  Join me and UPPAbaby on Twitter tonight 9/25 at 9pm EST (6pm PST) for the Car Seat Safety 101 Chat #UPPAchat!  Child Passenger Safety is a topic that AJ and I are passionate about and are thrilled that UPPAbaby is facilitating this important conversation.  A lot of you have asked […]

Buckling Up for Parenthood: Reflecting on Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week

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PSA: New and Expecting Parents ~ mark your calendar! For more information on Car Seat and Child Passenger Safety, join UPPAbaby’s Child Passenger Safety Advocate, Daniella Brown @UPPAcpsa and me @MC3Anna next Wednesday September 25th 9pm EST/ 6pm PST on Twitter #UPPAchat!  Bring your questions and join the Twitter Q&A.  The chat will be a great opportunity for […]

BDC Style Watch: Living Room Design with Dennis Duffy

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Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group shares with us a beautiful living room in Weston, MA.  I LOVE that the Client’s original inspiration came from a hotel suite in San Francisco.  Can’t we all think of a hotel room we wanted to go “Eloise” over?!  I love the reminder that inspiration for our homes can come anywhere, […]

September Roasted Peach Cake

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I’m 34 weeks pregnant and love the extra 300+/day calories the pregnancy books all agree I should be consuming!  It’s September in New England and peaches are ready for  pickin’.  This Peach Cake is a dense and moist homage to the dog days.   The majority of the peaches are roasted off in the oven […]

BDC StyleWatch: Designing a Small Space

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This week on BDC StyleWatch, we talk fine dining in a small city apartment.  Sally Wilson of Wilson Kelsey Design shared with me some great choices she made in a Client’s beautiful Back Bay apartment.  The Client loves to entertain (she is also a MasterChef fan!) so nothing was to be overlooked in the kitchen […]

Pineapple Coconut “MockMosa”

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AJ and I are expecting a baby boy this October!  I am finally lacing up my MasterChef boot straps and reclaiming my Brave Apron after months of “non bloggable” dishes.  Thanks Annie’s Mac and Cheese and Trader Joe’s Corn Bread for getting me through the first few months- I’ll see you again in a couple years.  Alas, […]

Oh MAMA! AJ and I are “fluent” in Italian

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This past Spring, AJ and I took our dream trip to Italy!  We  literally ate our way across Rome, Positano and Abruzzo.   Among our culinary adventures was a 7 day 7 night all inclusive culinary program with Leonardo de Flaviis at Abruzzo 1.  Leonardo has since become a wonderful friend and AJ and I daily […]

Boston Strong – Marathon Recovery

To learn more or to donate, you can do so here: http://onefundboston.org

Like for so many, the bombings during Monday’s marathon have impacted me and AJ on a profoundly personal level.  Marathon Monday is a fantastic day in our neighborhood as we have the thrill of watching the runners race by, just two quick turns from the finish line.  It’s a day of innocence, of drive, of […]

Blueberry Avocado Detox Smoothie

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AJ and I are lovin’ our morning smoothies.  This Blueberry Avocado Smoothie has become another one of our regular favorites.  I can’t wait to pick and freeze my own berries this summer!  The avocado adds a beautiful creamy texture and the mint makes this a refreshing *spa~like*  way to start the day:)  Surely summer will […]

Fennel Risotto with Saffron Wine Reduction and Seared Phillips Grouper ~ The International Restaurant and Food Service Show of New York

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AJ and I had were honored to be invited up on the Main Stage as presenters at the International Restaurant and Food Service Show of New York at Javits Convention Center last weekend.  We had a blast doing what we love to do best together… cooking and dishing about MasterChef:)  With over 18,000 attendees and […]

Blasted Broccoli with Bagna Caudo

Blasted Broccoli with Bagna Caudo and Marcona Almonds

Blasted. Broccoli.  Just the name alone makes me feel like an empowered, bad-ass, healthy-greens-eatin’ Goddess.  Resolutions, I see you and raise you an extra side of ruffage.  Hear me chew!  This dish was inspired by a side AJ and I had with my folks at the Agate Pass Cafe in Suquamish, Washington over the holidays.  There’s […]

MasterChef Mango Chutney

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I loved Curry Nights growing up.  Imagine Trader Vics- 1969- San Francisco- style.  My dad would enthusiastically prepare a huge crock of aromatic yellow curry with chicken and coconut and pot of rice.  What would begin as a simple dish would take on an explosion of texture, color and flavor as we chopped, sliced and […]

Green Mango Tahini Smoothie

Green Mango Tahini Smoothie

AJ and I are detoxing!  As if there is any question, I love to eat:)  I’m not one to “diet”, I don’t like feeling deprived and, while no saint, I keep a balanced nutritious diet.   However, a couple weeks ago, I woke up groggy and realized the “moving parts” in our lives were starting […]

Panko Crusted Sicilian Olives with Herbed Goat Cheese

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Hot olives, creamy goat cheese and a crisp panko crust?  Yes, I’m in love.  Go beyond the cheese board and crudite- think hot, toasty amuse bouche and give your guests an extra bite that says you were expecting them.   We all know the kitchen (no matter the size) is the favorite hang out in […]

Extra MasterChef Footage Revealed

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As they say in Reality TV,  if it didn’t air, it didn’t happen.  Well, now this really happened.   No doubt for dramatic effect, these ego-boosting clips had been left on the edit room floor.  Husband verses wife?  Game on.  While AJ’s Dirty Lobster earned a resounding “YES” from all three judges that aired triumphantly […]

Maple Walnut Granola with Cranberries and Flax

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I love a rich, nutty granola.  The deep flavor of the antioxidant-rich Grade B Maple Syrup balanced by the earthy-ness of the walnuts, flax and wheat germ make this a special treat on top of greek yogurt.  I even keep a baggy of this in my glovebox for when I get tied up doing errands […]

Grapefruit Rosemary Sugar Scrub

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My friend Kirstie posted on January 1st a fantastic summation of 2012 come 2013, “Last year my good friend Molly proclaimed 2012 the year of doing…and we did. We did many things. But it was more like the year of building the scenery. Setting the score. Building the foundation. So let 2013 be the year of accomplishment. This year […]

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