Quinoa, Edamame & Black Rice Salad

Do not mistake Red Split Lentils for Red Lentils! I repeat, do not mistake Red Split Lentils for Red Lentils. My PSA for the day ....more

Crostini with Salami, Pecorino, Walnuts & Honey

Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that are the best. Take this crostini, for example. A loaf of bread, thinly sliced Genoa salami, a chunk of cheese, a handful of nuts and a drizzle of honey ....more

Zucchini & Olive Oil Bread with Lemon Crunch Drizzle

Making zucchini bread has me feeling a little bit like a magician. When using the finer side of a box grater to shred zucchini, we can create a disappearing act so convincing, people will wonder if David Copperfield is in the room. As the bread bakes and becomes golden, the zucchini disappears and what we’re left with is a tender tasty bread with subtle zucchini flavor and little winks of green indicating that something earthy played a role here ....more

Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce

We’ve been to Italy twice but never during Carnivale. Ahh! What I wouldn’t do to participate in this grand winter festival ....more

Extreme Tater Tots

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~William Shakespeare So true, so true… This little baby went by a couple different names before I landed on Extreme Tater Tots. The last the kids knew – we were going with Trashy Tater Tots but I changed my mind in the final minutes ....more

French Toast with Caramelized Strawberry Sauce & Whipped Cream

“Family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” ~George Santayana Once upon a time our family took a very special trip to Paris. It was about five years ago that we celebrated Chelsea’s graduation in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Upon our arrival, we had to “waste” a little time before our apartment would be ready, so we walked the winding city streets toward the Eiffel Tower ....more

Nutty Apple Dip

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart: Your seeds shall live in my body, And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, And your fragrance shall be my breath, And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.” ~ Kahlil Gibran Beautiful… So by the time we get to Valentine’s Day, the sweet little apple is still coming down from its big show in the fall. With flannel pj’s, hot cocoa, favorite books, and remote in hand, it’s ready to brave the winter from a quiet cozy sleepy spot. Until today ....more

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate & Raspberry Glaze

If you look closely enough, I mean get your pretty little nose squished up to that screen…go ahead, I’ll wait… you will see one plate with two forks, one glass with two straws… That, my friends, is how romance is done. And Flourless Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate & Raspberry Glaze doesn’t hurt either. I’m not sure there’s anything else I could make for my guy that would make him happier… ahhh – my guy, my main man, my numero uno, my superman, my favorite Valentine…sorry – he’s just so easy to get carried away over… Dom is kind of a sucker for chocolate, and when I can make him a dessert that is this intensely rich, decadent and gluten-free – Jack ....more

Slow Cooker Dark Beer Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Red-Skinned Potatoes

You never know when inspiration will hit… Take this dish, for example…it results from not one, but two sources of inspiration. The first, my blogger friend, Andrea, from Cooking with Mamma C. Did you happen to see her delicious slow cooker recipe for Carolina Pulled Pork? ...more

Sweet Potato Fritters with Sriracha Mayo

We did it. We finally scored a reservation at the restaurant we’d been trying to get into for years. Our last visit to Lake Placid proved fruitful… It was during this weekend that we walked our beloved Mirror Lake, tried tomatillo salsa for the first time and treated ourselves to a luscious meal in the intimate setting of The Interlaken Inn ....more