Raspberry Almond Olive Oil Cake with Agave

This cake came out of the need to find a low-sugar dessert for a birthday picnic. Talking through some recipes with a friend, I landed on my Berry Lemon Almond Tea Cakes, which I thought sounded like the perfect summer cake, and could easily be adapted to be low-sugar. This new version, is simply an… Continue reading Raspberry Almond Olive Oil Cake with Agave

Fennel and Apple Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette

Yes, there are tons of similar salads such as this floating around out there. But, what sets this apart, I think, is the inclusion of toasted pecans and the divine and oh-so light orange honey vinaigrette. A mandoline or food processor makes quick work of the slicing and the vinaigrette comes together in a jiff.… Continue reading Fennel and Apple Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette

A Little Feast: Chilled Pea & Mint Soup, Herb Marinated Chicken, Heirloom Tomatoes with Charred Baguette, and Lemon Thyme Gin Sparklers

These weeknight mini feasts have turned into a bit of a ritual between my girlfriend and I. We dash off to the market immediately after work, pulling the few things we need into our basket, and head to my house to make cocktails, bash together a meal, catch up over some long-overdue chitchat, and totally… Continue reading A Little Feast: Chilled Pea & Mint Soup, Herb Marinated Chicken, Heirloom Tomatoes with Charred Baguette, and Lemon Thyme Gin Sparklers

Jamie’s Apple and Blackberry Pie

This pie recipe has been sitting on the back shelf for almost a year. Every time I see a pint of blackberries at the farmers market, I’m tempted to dust off this recipe and bake. But, I don’t. Instead, I’m distracted by a shiny new recipe that I have to make, immediately. Like this, this,… Continue reading Jamie’s Apple and Blackberry Pie

Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

I’m a bit obsessed with coconut cake, or maybe it’s more the idea of coconut cake and the romantic notions of graceful southern living that I’m more enamored with. Really, I don’t care either way. A traditional dessert in southern American cooking, it’s nothing more than a simple vanilla cake sandwiched between tangy, sweet cream… Continue reading Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Fresh Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Wild Arugula Summer Salad

Eating corn raw, straight from the cob is one of summer’s pleasures. Perfectly sun-sweetened tomatoes are another. Paired together on a bed of peppery wild arugula with fresh basil and doused in a bright red wine vinaigrette and I’d say you’ve got yourself a winner of a summer salad. Naturally sweet without any coaxing from… Continue reading Fresh Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Wild Arugula Summer Salad

A Little Feast: Orecchiette with Simple Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Salata, Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon, and Roasted Peaches Stuffed with Amaretti Cookies

  This isn’t re-inventing the wheel, and I certainly don’t expect to win any prizes, but this meal was so simple, only requiring minimal input, but giving maximum output. With only a handful of ingredients per dish, this simple feast transforms a tired weeknight dinner into something rustic and very earthy. It’s a celebration of… Continue reading A Little Feast: Orecchiette with Simple Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Salata, Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon, and Roasted Peaches Stuffed with Amaretti Cookies