Panzanella Salad with Fresh Summer Tomatoes and Basil

It’s tomato season! And it’s garlic season. And basil, and, well, everything good basically. Panzanella salad is the ultimate way to combine the best summer ingredients. Panzanella, or panmolle, is a salad originating from Tuscany that has a base of bread and tomatoes. Other cultures have a similar salad, like the Mediterranean dish fattoush, that build a base from…

Happy New Year!

All around the world, people tie food to the New Year. I’m not referring to the cocktails and finger food served at the party you attended last night, though December 31st is National Champagne Day. No, I’m talking about the appetizers, entrées and desserts that will bring you prosperity and good luck in the New Year. These “good…

Lessons from the Kitchen

“So far, this has actually been the easiest part,” I said, chatting on the phone with my mother last week. We were talking about how my greatest hesitation, at the launch of this project, was coming up the recipes week after week, and how now, after two months, it has all gone smoothly. Until a…

More Orange Roughy, Please

I grew up in a family of self-proclaimed “foodies.” They watch cooking shows, read cookbooks for fun, and eat like it’s their job. My mother is an incredible cook, and her talent seems to have been handed down to each of my siblings in different ways. One of my brothers is a master in the…

Choose Local, Eat Clean

Buying local is important to me for several reasons. I love supporting small businesses: both of my parents are small business owners, and I understand how important it is for the local economy. I like knowing that my food was grown organically, and I like knowing where my food comes from. If you ask the…

Goodbye Blue Apron, Hello Farmers Markets

For over a year, my husband and I have subscribed to Blue Apron, the biggest name in delivery meal kits. I loved that the meals from Blue Apron included so many fresh, healthy ingredients, like kale and rainbow chard, and I loved that the box delivered to my house saved me a trip to the…