Category Archives: Entrée

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Pepita-Cilantro Pesto

I’m deeply aware that the way I cook on a weeknight is a skosh more involved than the way most of America cooks.  One might even go so far as to call it convoluted.  Or even flat-out crazy.  Exhibit A.  Exhibit B.  Exhibit C. But I figure that, given my job, it’s justified.  It’s all […]

Cauliflower, Sausage, and Crawfish Soup

Fall, amirite? Seriously, though, let’s never speak of the weather again. Here are some phrases you won’t see me using on this site (and if I do, you are please requested to reprimand me): 1.  “nip in the air” 2.  “crunch of leaves” (that goes double if used in conjunction with the word “underfoot”) 3. […]

Roasted Delicata Squash with Avocado Sauce

Good lord, I love the colors this time of year. There’s a whole lotta green still, but you turn a corner and WHAM, there’s the most brilliant orange lit up in the crisp sunshine. If you happen to get my personal chef newsletter (ahem shameless plug), you saw that I featured pumpkins this month.  Such […]

Tuscan White Beans and Pasta (But Don’t Hold it Against Me)

Don’t tell my clients this, but much of the time, the “recipes” I use are little more than a list of ingredients, and the vaguest notion of a method. In putting a client’s weekly (or monthly) menu together, I pore over food preferences and sort through endless recipes, trying to find the one dish that will […]

Country Ham Pizza with Pickled Figs & Blueberries

Look at this pizza. Just look at it. Doesn’t that make you want to reach through the screen, pick a piece up, and eat the ever-lovin’ daylights out of it? That’s precisely what I want to do every time I see a picture of a crust like that.  Those uneven curves and bubbles.  That char. […]

Deviled Avocado Pasta

  On the first Saturday of May each year, I throw a Kentucky Derby party.  It might just be my second favorite holiday, a close second to Christmas, which has significant charms (the tree! eggnog! sparkly lights!).  Derby does have its significant charms as well (hats! Bourbon! ponies!). Every Derby, I make a ridiculous hat, […]

Spicy Kale Sauté with Cashew Butter

In my line of work, I always seem to have random bits and bobs knocking around in my fridge.  It’s half a chile here, a wedge of onion there, sometimes a handful of chopped kale.  Dinner, therefore, mostly ends up being a rough jumble of ingredients tossed together on a sauté pan and a prayer.  […]

Fennel and Beet Relish, with Salmon

My oh my, I haven’t given you all a recipe in ages, have I?  Poor darlings, here you go. Over dinner the other night, I helped a dear friend brainstorm ideas for her family’s Christmas feast.  They planned on salmon, but needed ideas for something festive to dress it up.  Fennel immediately sprung to mind, […]

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Beets, Oranges, and Black Olives

Dinner, from the book I cannot stop using: Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi.  I must be sounding like a broken record, but that cookbook has majorly influenced the way I cook, both at home and for clients. This is his Beet, Orange, and Black Olive Salad (and I didn’t send you, but you can find the […]

Radish Kimchi Rice

Did everyone get their fill of Halloween candy? Oh, good. And now for something a little virtuous on All Saints’ Day, to help bring you down from the sugar high: radishes sautéed with brown butter and a spot of anchovy, tossed with kimchi, radish tops, and brown rice.  Top it all off with a luscious […]