Braised Lamb with Caramelized Shallots

Dinner parties are one of my favorite activities. There is something about a house full of people eating and drinking together that just can’t be beat for me. I love to cook a big meal while everyone settles in. The one problem is that means I might miss out of on catching up with my…

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Cantaloupe. To me, it seems like the white bread of melons. No one really likes it but no one really dislikes it either. It’s just filler in a fruit salad. Nothing to write home about. For some as yet undetermined reason, I bought one at Whole Foods for the first time in, well, probably ever.…

Swiss Chard Pesto

I have so much chard growing in my garden. I have actually had to ask friends to come and pick it. Our household just can’t eat it fast enough. Honestly, we have been getting kind of sick of it. Chard is one of those greens that just grows and grows and grows without any sign…

Rustic Butternut Squash Soup

There is only one real benefit of hurricane season in Hawaii – soup weather. Before the storm, the weather is crumby and humid. After the storm, we are right back to our tropical sunshine. During the storm? Rain, wind, flooding, and no good reason to go outside. That means wine, friends, Netflix, and, most importantly…

Beet & Goat Cheese Tarts

I love butter. No matter if it’s cooked into things or slathered onto things. It’s that simple. I just love butter. There is something so satisfying about the smooth luscious texture butter brings to dishes that other fats just can’t mimic. Pastry isn’t the same without butter. Just try and picture a baked potato without…

Caprese Stuffed Portobellos

A fresh new recipe for a fresh new look! After well over a year of the original style I designed for my blog, today was the day for a long overdue update. The new format is a bit cleaner and features the food instead of my writing. My favorite new feature? I added a feedback…

Hot & Sour Soup

My mom sent me this picture this morning. She went for a walk on the mountain overlooking my childhood home. It was so beautiful but so desolate at the same time. In the winter in Maine, there really isn’t such a thing as a fresh vegetable. Everything is shipped thousands of miles. Yes, the peppers…