Mediterranean Harvest Salad & Homemade Focaccia

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This hearty salad is a nod to fall, from here in New England to travels along the Mediterranean.  The creamy butternut squash is roasted with aromatic cumin, sweet paprika and the goodness of Olivio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil then tossed with hearty lentils, refreshing mint and an earthy goat cheese which balances out the exotic.  Toasted almonds […]

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 […]

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 […]

Turkey Sage Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze

Turkey Sage Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze

This app is a shout out to the Queen Bird and her favorite Berry.  As AJ and I will be heading down to Connecticut to celebrate with the in-laws this year, we wanted to have a little get-together with some friends up in Boston.  Pavlov got it right…there is something about the flavors of the […]

Food Fit For Fashion

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Last Friday, we kicked off Fashion Week in Boston!   I had the thrill of partnering with Roffi Salon and Day Spa for an evening that brought together two of my greatest pleasures- food and fashion.  The Hair and Beauty Stylists at Roffi hosted  HauteItIs.com to create the ultimate “girls night out”…couture clothing and accessories, […]

Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup with Lime Roasted Black Tiger Prawns

Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup with Lime Roasted Black Tiger Prawns

Cool and creamy soup with a snappy bite of citrus-spicy shrimp…sink your teeth into the last week of summer.  This soup is a mood and complexion booster thanks to the cukes and avacodo.  Serve it as a satisfying starter or as an appetite whetting amuse bouche in a shot glass or demitasse…great for passing as […]

Cocoa -Figgy Scone Rolls

Chocolate-Figgy Scone Rolls

This is an adaptation of my Oma’s Basic Scone recipe.  Just for fun, I rolled the dough like a jelly roll loaded with some yummy Ficoco spread slathered inside.  I loved the sweet treat but could also see going savory with cheese and herbs.  So fun to twist it up every now and then and […]

Judy’s Famous Dill Pickles!

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I grew up next to Judy.  She is one of the many gems on Bainbridge who I wish still lived a stones throw back in Boston.  Anyone who knows Judy, knows that she is an extraordinary, generous and enthusiastic woman and is a force of inspiration and skill in the kitchen.  Among her circle, she […]

Lime Infused Watermelon Cubes with Minted Feta

Lime Infused Watermelon with Minted Feta

Guilty pleasure confession: I love to sit with an entire, chilled watermelon half on my lap and chow.  Give me a spoon and 15 minutes and there will be nothing but rind and one happy soul left over.  However, that’s when I’m alone, without a witness, as it looks like I am about 7 months […]

AJ’s Duck Prosciutto

AJ's Duck Prosciutto

AJ and I love curing our own sausages and meats.  As we live in the Back Bay and have a “galley” size kitchen, duck proscuitto has become a superb “alternative”  to making room in our fridge for an entire dry cured ham.  (Trust me, if it was up to AJ, our produce and condiments would […]

Cherriette Radishes with Anchovy Butter and Fluer de Sel

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I am in Farm Share heaven right now, thanks to Siena Farms.  I just picked up this weeks CSA box and am blown away by everything that is pristine and thriving right now in New England.  First out of the box were gorgeous Cherriette Radishes.  The sophistication of this “amuse bouche” comes in it’s simplicity: […]

Ground Beef Challenge – Tarragon Beef Stuffed Onion Wrap with Shallot Vinaigrette and Horseradish Creme

Tarragon Beef Onion Wrap with Shallot Vinaigrette and Horseradish Creme

For the Top 36 Elimination Challenge on Master Chef, the judges launched Ground Beef at us.  I typically only buy ground beef if I am grilling burgers out back.  Instead, I like to use ground turkey, pork, chicken or a mix for most of my cooking (chili, meatballs, bolognese, meatloaf…you name it.)  I thought “Hamburger” […]

Goat Cheese Pomodoro with Olive Tapenade on Focaccia and Arugula

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So far, Barbara is batting 1,000 in our kitchen.  Here is another inspiration from STIR: This dish was soooo amazing (like, bread soppin’, spoon lickin’ amazing) and literally took me only 30 minutes from the time I started, until it landed on the table.  AJ and I enjoyed this as our dinner last night but […]

Savory Pecorino Thyme Shortbread

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This is another easy and delicious recipe that is great to have on hand, ready to go in the fridge. The dough keeps nicely for over a week making it ideal to bake on demand when friends swing by for cocktails.  I also love recipes, like the Baked Eggs, that give you the basic “structure” […]

Pret-a-fete #1

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is an impromptu get-together with good friends!  Now that our halls are decked, I loaded up the fridge and pantry with a few fun nibbles that keep well and are a deluxe treat, not to mention- EASY to whip out when the doorbell rings! My first […]

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