Leek and Fennel Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms

Fennel Leek Risotto

I love risotto because it’s one of the dishes I can cook without a recipe. It stands up to many different kinds of alterations and mix-ins, and will probably turn out fine as long as you have the right ratio of rice to liquid in mind (and even that, you can fudge a bit and […]

Creamy Zoodles with Leeks and Mushrooms

Creamy Zoodles with Mushrooms and Leeks

I mentioned in last week’s What’s in the Box? post that I used my zucchini from the delivery to make a creamy zoodle dish. Well, this is that recipe. Normally I’d serve zoodles with a hearty tomato and meat sauce, but I decided to try something different. I took a little inspiration from Gordon Ramsay’s mushroom, […]

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Spaghetti carbonara is an old favorite that I’ve been meaning to reblog for some time now. The original recipe comes from Solo Suppers and I’ve featured it on the blog before, but this is my doctored version, the way I make the dish most. Adjustments I’ve made […]

Brown Butter Lemon Asparagus Polenta

lemon asparagus polenta

I don’t know about you, but I feel like we’ve skipped over spring completely. One minute it’s 40 degrees out and raining, the next it’s 80 and thunderstorming. What? The unseasonably warm weather put a stop to some of my winter soups and stews, but hasn’t kept me from cooking up plenty of spring produce–artichokes, parsnips, leafy […]

Zucchini Noodles & Turkey Meatballs

Toss the zucchini with some sauce before plating, then top with two meatballs. Add a little extra sauce and some Parmesan cheese if you want.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This post is a culmination of a couple of things that happened over the holidays: Some new kitchen toys I received for Christmas, including a lovely set of stainless steel cookware (thanks Mom!) and a very useful yet very terrifying slicer called a mandoline (thanks Aunt Cindy […]

Foolproof Gnocchi

Sweet potato gnocchi with a sage butter sauce.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This recipe for foolproof gnocchi is based on one from My Italian Kitchen by Luca Manfé. (See one of Luca’s risotto recipes here.) The original is Spinach Gnocchi with Smoked Ricotta, which sounds delicious, but I’ve never made it! I have, however, used Luca’s gnocchi method on […]

Risotto Cakes & Stuffed Mini Peppers

Risotto cakes are an easy way to revitalize your leftovers.

Yesterday I posted this recipe for Asparagus and Lemon Risotto, a recipe from My Italian Kitchen by MasterChef winner Luca Manfé. That recipe made enough risotto for about 4 people, which means Paul and I were left with about 2 cups of leftovers. Rather than reheat it and eat sub-par leftover risotto, I came up […]

Asparagus and Lemon Risotto

This asparagus and lemon risotto is rich and creamy but with a bright lemon flavor.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  If you were reading the blog last summer, you probably know I’m a big fan of MasterChef, Fox’s cooking competition show for amateur home cooks. (The new season starts Monday at 8 pm EST–check it out!) Well, the cookbook from Luca Manfé, the Season 4 winner, just […]

Avocado Spinach Dip

Reminiscent of spinach artichoke dip, this vibrant, cheesy dip gets its creamy richness from avocado.

Sometimes, you get stuck in a rut. Sometimes, you need a change. This post is about three game-changers: A new camera! Since starting this blog, I’ve evolved from taking all the photos on my iPhone 4, to an iPhone 5, to my Fujifilm point-and-shoot. However, last week I bit the bullet and bought a full-blown […]

Homemade Pizza

This is my go-to recipe for homemade pizza.

Way back when I started blogging, the first recipe I posted was for homemade pizza crust. Well, it’s time for an update. Since I posted that recipe, I’ve made many, many pizzas. We probably have homemade pizza once a month, at least. While the crust method described in the first post is more or less the […]