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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]