Grapefruit Chia Jam

Here’s a variation on my standard chia jam recipe, using a big beautiful grapefruit! I wanted to punch up the flavor a little in this batch, so I added about a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger. I liked the result, but feel free to omit it. And fair warning, this grapefruit jam is a bit thinner than […]

Thermos Oatmeal

thermos oatmeal

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” “People are idiots, Leslie.” –Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson, Parks & Rec I love breakfast. I love the food (pancakes? coffee? eggs?) and I also cannot function without a solid meal to start the day. That’s why shortcuts like this […]

Mustard-Roasted Turnips

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. Quality time spent with some high heat in the oven transforms bitter, bland or even wilted vegetables into tender, slightly sweet and caramelized versions of themselves. In the case of turnips, the peppery roots become milder, soft and even a little crisp during roasting. The mustard […]

Lentil & Sausage Soup

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This soup is a mishmash of a couple of different things. It started out as a vegetarian recipe for lentil and tomato soup taken from Food + Wine’s Best of the Best cookbook. After making it the regular way a few times, I tried adding fennel seeds to shake […]

Bailey’s Hot Cocoa

Bailey’s hot cocoa is one of our favorite hot beverages in the winter. It’s easy to make with common ingredients (no fancy chocolate or heavy cream required) but the shot of Bailey’s takes it over the top into a decadent boozy treat. You can also leave it out to make a tasty standard hot cocoa. (Why is […]

French Baguettes

Fresh baguettes--kind of a pain, but mostly worth it.

I had a day off of work earlier this week for President’s Day, so I decided to take on a cooking project. When I found this baguette recipe from Food52, it seemed like a perfect challenge for a snowy day. I’ve tried making bread from scratch before (most successfully with the no-knead ciabatta recipe) but […]

Sweet Potato Gnocchi & Sage Browned Butter Sauce

Sweet potato gnocchi with browned butter and sage.

The posts have been few and far between, but with good reason: Paul and I recently moved! We’ve got our first “grown-up” place: a two-bedroom condo in West Chester (a suburb of Cincinnati). I’m in love with the hardwood floors, and the kitchen, though small, is serving my needs just fine (but I will always […]

Chicken & Bread Soup

Chicken and bread soup. Lent is coming up and I’ve been putting some thought into what I’d like to do for it. Most people think of Lent as a period of deprivation–fasting on holy days, avoiding meat on Fridays and Ash Wednesday, and denying yourself something you enjoy like chocolate or Facebook. It is those […]

Ricotta Gnocchi

I have a problem: I love pasta. I know it’s not the best thing for me and all that, but I can’t help it. It’s delicious. I especially love stuffed pastas–ravioli, and tortellini, and their friends. I only order them at restaurants though, because if you’ve ever looked at those little refrigerated packets of Buitoni […]