Grapefruit Rosemary Sugar Scrub

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anna & AJ chat with Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery

AJ and I are passionate about seafood.  This was our first year participating in the Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery out of Gloucester, MA.   Their direct-to-you model has been awesome, allowing us to chat with Fisherman Nick when he comes into Cambridge on Monday afternoons for the weekly share drop and enjoy […]

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 […]

Pan Roasted Monkfish with Siena Farms Summer Vegetables

Monkfish, or  “poor man’s lobster”, came in our Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF this week!  Monkfish are opportunistic feeders and have a sweet tooth for shrimp, shellfish and sand eels.  The flavor  is rich, sweet and succulent reminiscent of lobster, without the hassle of a shell.  The texture of the meat is more firm than […]

Braised Bluefish with Baby Bok Choy in Saffron Jus

Braised Bluefish with Baby Bok Choy in Saffron Jus We received a whole Bluefish last week in our Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF.  Bluefish is another great example of why buying whole fish really works to your advantage when it comes to quality and flavor.  One of the reasons why this delicious fish has a […]

Guilt Free Fish and Chips with Cape Ann Fresh Catch Pollock

Fish and Chips are one of my favorite flavors of summer.  I love this recipe because it is a healthy, “bikini approved” alternative to the often deep fried version.  And, the clean up is quick and painless as you do not have a vat of oil to dispose of.  I also love the use of […]

My Elimination Recap: MasterChef S3 Ep9 Thanks Kaimana Chee!

What a night! My friend Kaimana Chee just sent this over.  Not only is he an incredible cook himself earning a spot among the Top 100 best home cooks in America, but he also has the ability to bring light to even the most difficult of evenings.  Thank you, Kaimana, for adding a little levity […]

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 […]

Red Porridge with Cream (Rød Grød med Fløde)

When I was 16, I lived in Denmark for 6 months.  Some of my nearest and dearest friends are Danish and I grew up with special Scandinavian traditions and specialities mixed into my life back on Bainbridge.  I think “rød grød med fløde” or Red Porridge with Cream is the prize of Denmark…well, at least […]

Anna’s Molten Lava Cake…approved by Joe Bastianich

Pressure test? psssh! This dessert will wow🙂  My recipe is quick and easy.  The trick is to measure and prep every ingredients so you can quickly combine once you get moving.  This chocolate heaven is best served immediately out of the oven…(as you will appreciate if you watched episode 7 of season 3 of MasterChef) […]

Thyme Ginger Sole with Roasted Kohlrabi Fries and Sorrel Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Fisherman Nick brought us 4 gorgeous whole grey sole this week from our Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF.  If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a whole fish, here is a great fillet demo from their website.  Flat fish have a different bone structure than cod or salmon so the technique is slightly […]

Cherriette Radishes with Anchovy Butter and Fluer de Sel

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: […]