Bacon, Egg, and Brie Buckwheat Crepe

Bacon, Egg, and Brie Buckwheat Crepe

One of the most challenging things I learned as a young chef (and still work on today) is the act of simplicity. Even from the home cook’s perspective, “fine dining” or “gourmet” recipes seem to correlate to ingredient lists a mile long. And while in some cases that may be true, I find that some

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Juniper Spiced Leg of Lamb with Fennel, Rainbow Chard, Blackberry-Corn Relish

Juniper Spiced Leg of Lamb with Blackberry-Corn Relish

Hokay so… wedding cake is finished (yay!) and on its way to Florida now! Which means two things: 1) it’s almost vacation time!!; and 2) my family gets to eat fresh, homemade food again. Not that we didn’t enjoy all that pizza. But considering how much I love to cook needless to say I’m happy

Halibut with Beets, Radish, and Salsa Verde

Halibut with Beets, Radish, and Salsa Verde

Well, it seems as though Summer has officially arrived in New England!! And other than vacations, beach days, and lots of ice cream, what that also means is that I find myself wanting to spend fewer hours in the kitchen. Which is kind of a bummer because I love cooking! But its very challenging to

Jungle Curry

Jungle Curry

Alrighty folks, its go time! For those following along at home, it’s cake week! And by that I mean I will elbow deep in buttercream and cake batter as I prep for my cousin’s wedding cake! We are t-minus 7 days away from the destination wedding in Florida. Which means I have 4 days to

Farmer's Market Tartine

Farmer’s Market Tartine

Happy Friday y’all!!! Oh man, this one feels good. My poor family has been battling colds so we are looking forward to a quiet (somewhat, I’ll still be in the middle of cake prep!) and restful weekend. But despite having these nasty colds, we still got out of the house to enjoy one of my

Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw

Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw

I used to hate raw fish. I was a I’ll-eat-fried-shrimp-and-nothing-else kinda girl. Now I love it! So it’s funny to now look back and wonder when that switch to raw fish lover happened. My first raw fish memory is slightly blurry. My dad was most definitely there, so it must have happened early in my

Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables

Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables

Ok so right off the bat, I know this recipe doesn’t scream “Summer”. The inspiration for this dish came mostly because I was wanting a dish that would leave me with delicious leftovers. The downside to all of the fresh and crisp Summer recipes I’ve shared lately is they dont have a long shelf life.

Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones

Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones

I’m a huge advocate for “breakfast for dinner” meals, especially on nights when I don’t feel like cooking. They’re satisfying, quick, and require very little use of the hot oven (perfect for warm summer nights). And with the upcoming wedding and cake prep (did I mention I’m making a 3 tiered wedding cake next week??)

Warm French Chicken Salad

Warm French Chicken Salad

Welp, I hate to break it to you but we thought it was time to take a little break from Fish Week. The heat in the kitchen (and outside) was starting to clash with the constant aroma of fish. So we decided to head to France… by way of this Warm French Chicken Salad.

Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach

Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach

Fish Week at the Farmstead house continues! And I’m probs going to confuse a few people with this dish. If you remember yesterday’s post I mentioned that fruits and vegetables that grow together, go together (despite the bizarre-ness of combining sweet fruit with savory dishes). What that means is that all fruits grown within the

Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo

Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo

If you caught yesterday’s post you’ll know that my wife and I have found ourselves in the middle of a seafood binge. I mean, you cant blame us. The simplicity and bold flavors associated with great seafood dishes are hard to pass up, especially now as the weather is getting warmer. And duh, it’s Tuesday,

Slow Roasted Salmon with Spicy Fennel-Asparagus Salad

Slow Roasted Salmon with Spicy Fennel-Asparagus Salad

You know I love a good salmon dish, but this Slow Roasted Salmon with Spicy Fennel-Asparagus Salad is a doozy. Not in the overly complicated, spend all day in the kitchen, with a bazillion techniques and steps kinda way. No, its a doozy in the I-got-dinner-prepped-so-fast-I-was-able-to-take-a-nap kinda way. I even mentioned to my wife during

Grilled Turkey Burger with Basil-Peach Compote

I dont know about you but I’ve been really jonesing to pull out the grill for good. I know I’ve tinkered with it a little already this year but nothing screams Summer more to me than having that grill as a key focal point of my yard. And is there any better way to christen

Oysters with Kimchi Mignonette and Miso Slaw

Inspiration for my recipes can literally come from anywhere. Like this recipe for this Oysters with Kimchi Mignonette and Miso Slaw recipe, which was created when I failed to properly read a menu. Slightly embarrassing to admit, yes, but at least I got this tasty recipe out of it! Here’s a little backstory…

Old Bay Black Eyed Peas, Peach Chow Chow, and Collards

I have a confession: I’m a closeted Southern food fanatic. And not because I’m ashamed or embarrassed. Quite the opposite actually! I say I’m closeted because, despite my in-depth search, I continue to find it difficult to access Southern food. Think about it, how many Italian restaurants are available within a 10 mile radius from

Blackened Pork with Lime Corn and Avocado Salsa

I used to hate corn. My only positive memory of it comes from meals spent with my grandparents. My grandfather ate corn like it was going out of style. Anytime it was on the menu, he passionately devoured that cob of corn so ferociously that it was inevitable to spot one or two (or 10)

Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Blueberry Nuoc Cham

If you remember yesterday’s post, I’ve started to sift through our kitchen pantry in an attempt to jump start packing for our move to Maine. It’s quite amazing how much stuff actually piles up in those dark crevices. But the upside is that I’m scoring a bunch of interesting ingredients that I forgot I had!

Seared Salmon with Lentil Pilaf and Mint Yogurt Sauce

Since returning from our house scouting trip to Maine I became increasingly aware of how much stuff we have. As excited as I am for this next adventure, I am equally dreading the act of packing our house. But it’s happening, hafta do it, so might as well start. And since the kitchen is my

Japanese Ceviche with Baked Lotus Root Chips

Ceviche has to be one of my favorite go-to meals during the warmer Spring and Summer months. Because it is a 100% “raw” preparation meal, I not only get more time to enjoy the outdoors but I dont have to turn on the stove/oven when the temps are already uncomfortably warm in the house. AND

Green Tea Poached Fish with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

I remember first discovering how versatile, complex, and exciting food could truly be. I was amazed when I first tried a dish similar to this Green Tea Poached Fish with Carrot-Ginger Sauce. Poaching a protein in anything other than stock was so foreign to me at the time and yet, when I learned about this

Poached Chicken with Honey-Mustard Chicken Skin

This dish is all about the chicken skin. It’s a highly sought after snack in my house. I’ve heard the skin can be a major point of contention in others. Family wars have been fought over Thanksgiving turkey skin (not proven but sounds legit, right?). And let’s be honest, no matter what your dietary preferences

Smoked Chicken with Lemon-Sweet Potato Risotto

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not sure where the inspiration for this smoked chicken with preserved lemon-sweet potato risotto and artichoke came from! I’m not one of those chefs who’s obsessed with smoking things. And unless thrown into a salad, I could leave canned artichokes alone. But for some reason, these ingredients

Low Carb Lomo Saltado: A Weeknight Dinner Hack

This low carb lomo saltado dish is easy. Like ridiculously easy. Like it should be illegal how easy it is considering how much flavor is packed into every bite. I forgot how delicious lomo saltado was until this week and now I’m making it all the time!

Pork with Gingered Rhubarb, Watercress, Fennel, and Yogurt

Recipe creativity aside, my favorite part of building a dish is the design. I am not artistic at all. Like not one bit. I still struggle with pastry design if its anything beyond a minimalist-clean line design. I even drew a person the other day and my (almost) 3 year old looked at it with

Chicken Saag with Tomato Raita and Lemon Rice

I really started falling in love with Indian curries about 6 years ago. I wasn’t exposed to it growing up so when my boss asked me to create more Indian-inspired dishes I was slightly paralyzed with ignorance. But once I educated myself about the cuisine, I was amazed at how complex and beautiful Indian food

Halibut with Gooseberry Agrodolce and Millet

I learned so much from my short time in culinary school (more on that backstory later). Shockingly, very little had to do with food! Since I already worked in the industry for several years, the food stuff wasn’t as foreign to me as it was for others. There were, however, a couple concepts that I

Corn Gazpacho with Seared Scallops and Harissa

Scallops and corn go together like peas and carrots. And I cant think of a recipe that epitomizes early summer vibes more than this recipe for corn gazpacho with scallops and harissa. OK so it may not feel like summer where you are (it’s been dark and rainy for at least 2 weeks here) but

Green Mole Chicken with Black Bean-Zucchini Salad

You guys, there are exciting things happening in the Farmstead Table house! Without going into too much detail yet, know that the upcoming change of scenery will be well documented here! Until then, a quick and tasty meal is necessary to keep our excitement (and now detailed planning) going strong. This Green Mole Chicken with

Honey Chipotle Chicken with Mango Salad and Feijoada

My family (especially the munchkin) has been all about the chicken lately. I know its typically not the most exciting protein to work with but I actually think its one of the more versatile ingredients out there. It’s the perfect blank canvas for all kinds of spices and techniques, making it a perfect protein for

Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato

Ok I definitely understand that, outside of Thanksgiving, turkey has a pretty bad rap. I suppose it’s arguably not that great during the holidays either. Unless its drenched in gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce turkey seems to be more for show than for it’s taste. But trust me, this Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg recipe

Lamb and Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Mint Zhoug

In case you didn’t know, I love bread. I love making it almost as much as I love eating it. So you better believe that when given the chance, I’m going to try and incorporate it in as many meals as I can. Which is why this Lamb and Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Mint Zhoug

Buttermilk Chicken with Lemon Poppy Vegetables

We eat a good amount of chicken in my house. It’s one of the few meals that the munchkin will consistently eat. So when I had a request to write an easy chicken and vegetable recipe, the difficulty wasn’t in coming up with one but narrowing down my favorite! And this buttermilk chicken recipe is

New Orleans Creole Shrimp with Maque Choux

Is it possible to love a city without ever visiting? While there is much debate about which cities are the best in the country, I’d argue that New Orleans has to be one of the top. And yes, I feel confident saying that even though I’ve never been… yet. I mean, it’s not difficult to

Grilled Whole Fish With Red Curry and Coconut

Welp, apparently the entire US is battling some sort of end-of-winter type storm right now but the gradual rise in warm spring temps has sparked all kinds of excitement for the upcoming seasons. Spring and summer are looking to be very busy (and fun!) for my family! But between planning birthday parties, going to soccer

Pork with Yellow Romesco and Rainbow Vegetables

Welp, its finnnnallllyyy feeling like spring, the crocuses are starting to bloom, and I’m almostttt over this nasty cold I’ve been battling for what seems like years. And the produce! You guys, have you seen the colors in the market lately? It means its almost Farmers Market season too so you better believe my inspiration

Roasted Moroccan Chicken with Carrot Top Pesto Couscous

I never thought I’d “grow up” to be a traditionalist. Sure, we had rituals when I was younger (cinnamon rolls on Thanksgiving, church on Easter, watermelon seed spitting contests on 4th of July…). But for the longest time, I thought my life was far from the Sunday-night-Roasted-Chicken-dinner kinda life. However, it wasn’t a surprising revelation-

Seared Salmon with Black Rice, Yuzu, and Wasabi

I remember first discovering forbidden rice when I was a chef at a tech company in California’s Silicon Valley. Rice had always been a kind of throw away element to me. It certainly has its place on specific dishes (paella, curry, sushi, etc.) but I never really understood the purpose of putting a dome of

Slow Cooker Carnitas with Homemade Tortillas

I have a confession. I’m a bit of a taco snob. Having grown up in parts of California where Mexican food was just about as good (and authentic) as it is in Mexico, I developed a taco palate that prevents me from enjoying just any taco thrown my way. The filling needs to smack me

Shakshuka… Or “Yay, we’re not sick anymore” dinner

The saga of diversifying the munchkin’s palate continues. This week’s chapter unfortunately includes a painfully long family battle with an ugly virus so introducing any new flavors had to be put on the back burner. However, we all seem to be coming out of the dark as of last night (ish) so I jumped at

Fresh and Easy Green Papaya Salad

I’m not sure why I ended up becoming a chef. It’s not like I grew up in a family with a rich culinary history. In fact, to this day my mom wonders how I “got to be so good” with food because she’s… well, not (her words, not mine).  Both my parents valued our family

Why I Left The Restaurant Industry

I used to be a restaurant chef. I hated it. Not because it wasn’t fulfilling…. It was. I actually thrived in it. It was hot, fast-paced, and loud. And I loved it. I was able to overcome the chaos and dive deep within myself to find clarity, peace, and creativity. I was nicknamed “ninja” because

Pho

Has anyone else had a crazy-busy January?? (Raises hand.) Where did the month go? Pink hearts and Valentine’s Day decorations adorn every store already and I’m over here like: “Wasn’t Christmas yesterday??” But despite the exciting schedule my family had this last month, I was able to spend some amazing quality time in the kitchen.

Rosemary and Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Welp… presents have been unwrapped, stockings are empty, and Santa is probably on his way to Hawaii for some much needed r & r. I don’t know about you but I had a great holiday season – lots of fun time with family, friends, and food. I even competed in a little stollen (traditional German Christmas bread) throw down!

Homemade Chicken Stock

Now that you’ve roasted the most delicious whole chicken and carved it to perfection, don’t be so quick to throw the bones in the trash. Even after you’ve wished upon that wish bone, the leftover bones are the beginning of many tasty soups, stews, and sauces… in the form of chicken stock, that is. Chicken stock

How To Carve A Whole Chicken

Carving a bird at the dinner table has been a role of great prestige in my family. I remember watching my grandpa cut into the turkey every Thanksgiving with the biggest smile on his face as he stood and cracked jokes with the family crammed around the table. And my dad always took pride as he

How To Truss A Chicken

Trussing a chicken can be a daunting yet one of the most important aspects of preparing a roasted chicken. Once you’ve mastered the technique, however, it makes the whole experience a seemingly easy and tasty one. A properly trussed chicken ensures an even cook throughout the whole bird while making it a beautiful centerpiece for the

Roasted Chicken

For my family, weekend activities range from hikes, day trips, and mini vacations to chores and cuddles in front of movies. But wherever the weekend takes us, we always like to close it out with a comforting and warm meal together. For us, the classic roasted chicken is our go-to most Sunday nights. And with cold

Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad with Sage-Brined Chicken

Now that fall has officially started, I’m diving in deep to all of my favorite fall foods. I was able to put down my pumpkin butter long enough to enjoy the fall produce at our local farmers market and came home with my favorite squash: delicata! The delicata squash has a sweet, nutty taste very similar

Artichokes

Every time I eat an artichoke, I can’t help but wonder how on Earth someone saw this weird looking food and decided it was edible. “Hey, check out this flower. Do you think we can eat it? What about if we cut the sharp, prickly tips of the leaves off, cook the whole thing, and

“Gourmet” Weekday Dinner

Ok, bear with me… This one is a doozy, but I promise it’s worth it… I may be a professional chef by day, but coming home after working all day in a kitchen to make dinner can feel quite daunting. Despite my lack of energy, I always strive to cook a fresh meal for my family. They