Blasted Broccoli with Bagna Caudo

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Bacon Gruyere Thumbprint with Orange Fig Compote

Bacon. Cookies.  Two things that I adore and today, they are bound together by rich earthy gruyere and a bright and zesty  compote.  Savory loves sweet and the two call out for a sparkling glass of bubbly!    Place a platter by the drinks at the holiday party as these keep you in the mood […]

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 […]

Macarons~ An Autumn Trio

Let’s face it, macarons are chic little buggers.  How can we even think of calories when something is this adorable and well dressed?  With a few basic tools and a little finesse, macarons are simple to execute.  Below is the my Basic Macaron Recipe.  The recipe provides a solid base structure to customize anyway you […]

Food Fit For Fashion

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, […]

MasterChef Season 4 Auditions Coming Soon

Check out http://www.masterchefcasting.com for all the details.  MasterChef will be in Boston November 3rd.  Be bold, be yourself and go get ’em!

“Barefoot or Tux, Everyone Eats” ~ Fable Farm

A crisp fall night, a cauldron of “Stone Soup“, al fresco dining family-style with neighbors and a play in the midst of the sunflowers, apple trees and hay bails… I must be dreaming. AJ and I own a small piece of land in the beautiful Town of Barnard, VT located in the Upper Valley Region […]

My Kitchen or Yours?

An afternoon of tasty bites, decadent sweets, a splash of vino and some girl talk? I’m there! I recently had the pleasure of hosting a private cooking lesson in our home.  If you’ve seen our kitchen, you know that it’s cozy.  It cranks and bakes and refrigerates proudly chanting Gordon’s quote, “the best food comes […]

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 […]

Raw Summer Squash and Cucumber Salad with Shaved Fennel and Mint

Sometimes the best souvenirs come  in the most delicate of bites.  Last weekend, AJ and I ventured seven hours north by car, then by ferry to Vinalhaven, Maine for our friends, Katie and Peter’s, wedding.   Vinalhaven feels genuine and authentic and the wedding was a reflection of the close knit community that Katie’s family […]

Cocoa -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 […]

Pesto ~ A love story.

It’s the first week of August and basil is in abundance.  Not only is it thriving on our back patio, it has also arrived spilling over the top of our Farm Share from Siena Farms for the past 2 weeks.  That’s my queue to whip up some PESTO!  I first learned how to make pesto in […]

Ultimate “Turkey in the Orchard” Burger – As seen on MasterChef on FOX

AJ and I love spending time in Vermont during the fall.  One of our favorite places used to be the Barnard General Store, just outside of Woodstock, VT.  The General Store was run by three ladies, all confident behind the grill, and was packed with delicious local sustenance. Perched right on Silver Lake, the modest […]

Judy’s Famous Dill Pickles!

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 […]