Braised Spinach and Chickpeas with Lemon

We love this stew. It has truly become a staple in our house. I know that I’ve talked about different dishes becoming staple foods. Sometimes that’s true and other times I go back and read an old recipe where I tout the deliciousness of the dish and exclaim that “this is a staple!”…when in fact…it…

Crustless Vegetarian Quiche

Every other month a group of friends and I get together for brunch. In the alternate months we get drinks. So we have a good system in place to get together, talk, eat and drink. But when we get together for brunch, we bring our A Game. Look at this spread: fresh peaches, carrot quick…

Butternut Squash Soup

A few weekends ago I went to a great brunch with great friends. On the table (which was a refurnished wood farm table. I’m not sure why I had to add that detail, but the host’s boyfriend refurbished it! I’m always impressed with crafty people.), we feasted on zucchini bread, a fritatta, fruit salad, corn bread,…

Lentil Goat Cheese Bruschetta Dip

Remember that time back in March, a few days after we brought Max home, I wrote in this space that I thought I had time to work on a few side projects while on maternity leave? Welllll…… if my lack of posting on this blog in the last two months is any indication, almost none…

14 Bean Soup

Winter just won’t quit! Just when you think spring is about to spring, a cold front moves through and puts a (literal) damper on things. But don’t let that bring you down — instead, use it as an opportunity to try those final soup recipes before cleaning the grill and making trips to ‘pick your…

Artichoke Soup

Recently, temperatures here are dropping into the single digits as a result of a polar vortex. It’s gotten so cold even my dog wants to go on short walks and get inside as soon as possible. However, cold is relative. The other day, family friends from Minnesota were in town and told us that their…

Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other night I made lasagna. James loved it. Then I told him it was made with gluten free pasta. He said in the future he wants regular pasta. I still doubt he could really tell the difference, but he swears he prefers one over the other. That story aside, it led to a discussion…

2014 Here I Come!

It seems as though I took an unintentional two-month hiatus. At the end of November we moved and then the holidays hit and we didn’t have an oven (which is getting replaced next week). All that to say, I’m back! The next few months will be equally busy as work kicks back into full gear…

Spinach Mushroom + Onion Quiche

Nine days ago our nephew Noah was born! He is the first nephew/grandchild in the family and we are so in love and excited. My brother Jeremy and his wife returned from the hospital after two nights and are settling into their new life with their baby boy. As aunt and sister to the growing…

Fig Tomato Arugula Salad

Two weeks ago we spent the week at the beach. This past week we spent the week at my parents because construction unexpectedly began in our house after some other unexpected flooding two months ago. We finally “moved back in,” as it were, to our place tonight and it felt so good to be home….

Kale Soba Noodle Salad

When I told James I was joining a Mahjong group he asked, “What are you, the Future Old Jewish Grandmothers of America?” We like to start early. We meet once a month and each person who hosts the game also provides the food.  As a group of Jewish women, we take the food part seriously….

Thai Grilled Tofu Kale Salad

The first time I heard about a “massaged kale” salad, I didn’t believe it to be true. What do you do? Massage the kale? [Pause] Yes, in fact, that’s exactly what you do. De-stem it, chop it and massage. Kale – in it’s many varieties – is a tough, leafy green that is packed with…