Recipe #20: Spicy Sweet Potato Empanadas

I have had this recipe earmarked for awhile. When I was invited to a chili cook-off, I thought it would be an excellent time to try this dish. The recipe is from Ina Garten’s newest cookbook Cooking With Jeffrey. I have loved digging into the cookbook and trying the recipes. I have tried many new…

Recipe #19: Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe

Warning: Spaghetti Carbonara was only the beginning of my many pasta posts that will be coming over the new few months. I am running the Chicago Marathon in October, and lean towards eating pasta the night before long runs. I picked this dish because I would also be making sweet potato empanadas (post to come)…

Recipe #18: Espresso Chocolate Sables

Patrick and I got back from our long run a couple of weeks ago to find an Amazon package waiting. I hadn’t ordered anything so I immediately assumed it wasn’t mine. SURPRISE – it was for me….and in it was Dorie’s Cookies! Yep, he knows me well. (Or when I talked about getting it from…

Recipe #17: Shakshouka

Have you heard of shakshouka? I had not until a few months ago when my sister made it for dinner and it looked delicious. The dish is eggs in a tomato sauce, often served with a side of bread for dipping. YUM! The dish has a Tunisian origin and can be found in the Middle…

Recipe #16: Sebastian’s Remarkably Wonderful Brownies

My family has only used one brownie recipe ever: the brownie recipe from The Silver Palate Cookbook. This recipe is so well known in my family one of my sisters can make it from memory. The cookbook has even fallen apart at that page. But what’s not to love about, it’s easy, requires few, easy…

Recipe #15: Spaghetti Carbonara

Studying abroad in Florence introduced me to cuisine I would never have thought to try. Pappa al pomodoro. Negroni and Limoncello. Panettone. Neapoltian Pizza. Pasta as a first course followed by an entire meal. Eating and drinking in Italy was an entirely new experience for me – and included my introduction to the classic spaghetti carbonara….

Recipe #14: Challah

Being in the kitchen for me is not about the act of keeping myself fed, that’s just the benefit. For me it’s the act of creating a dish that brings me joy. Whether it be attempting a new recipe, playing around with new ingredients, or whipping up a dish I know in my sleep. I find…

How I Make: Black Beans

I never liked black beans, until my sister made them a few years ago. They were delicious, looked easy, and on the less expensive side. So I decided I would try what she does, and over the years perfected them more and more. Typically I eat them over rice, but recently I have discovered they…

Recipe #13: World Peace Cookies

“Mother says I was a dancer before I could walk” are lyrics from an ABBA song. I think about these lyrics when I think about myself, cooking and baking. I could bake LONG before I could ever cook. Some of my fondest memories growing up are helping my mom bake anything. Cookies. Zucchini Muffins. Banana…

Recipe #12: Perfect Tomato Sauce

The first thing I began to experiment with in the kitchen was tomato sauce. It began with me mixing my mom’s homemade pesto with jarred tomato sauce and has evolved into a mix of ingredients based on what I want to eat. My time studying abroad is the closest I have ever come to using…

Recipe #11: Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi are not like mashed potatoes. Don’t believe anyone when they try to convince you otherwise. It sounds crazy that someone would every try to say so, but this is what was said to me when mashed potatoes were being replaced with gnocchi at a family Christmas meal. I believed the tale and engaged in…

Recipe #10: Super Tuna Melts

When I hear the name Tuna Melt, I picture my family kitchen when I was younger with my mom taking a Tuna Melt out of the toaster oven as they are on their way out, leaving us with a sitter. It was one of those meals I had no favorable opinion of, and never felt…