September Roasted Peach Cake

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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.  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lime Infused Watermelon Cubes 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 […]