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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Lemon Blueberry Granola with CBD

Ohhhh man is it hard to be back after vacation, amiright?? These past few weeks have been an incredibly calming, jam-packed, sun-soaked adventure. We were in Key Largo for an amazing wedding (and yes, the wedding cake was a hit!!); spent a week in a condo overlooking the white sandy beaches of South Beach Miami

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

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

Basil And Olive Oil Macerated Raspberry Ice Cream

It is officially the beginning of Summer!!! And you know what that means? Lots and LOTS of ice cream. And since I live with two ice cream enthusiasts, making homemade ice cream is not only a joy but a monthly (if not weekly) occurrence. If you haven’t made ice cream from scratch before, you’re really

CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday was my wife and daughter’s birthday (yep, baby was born on Mommy’s birthday!) and with every birthday comes the time to reflect on the past year. And man, we’ve experienced a lot! Our tiny munchkin grew into an energetic, verbal, challenging, sweet, goofy little person; my wife received her graduate degree and accepted her

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)

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

Strawberry Basil Welsh Cake

This Strawberry Basil Welsh Cake recipe may seem simple. But these simple pastries hold so many personal childhood memories that it was on the “duh, of course I should make them” baking list this past weekend. I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived in a beautiful house minutes away from the lake in

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

Mexican Hot Chocolate Rotiboy (Coffee Bun)

I’ve been working as a professional chef since I was 17 and over the past 15+ years I’ve encountered a fair amount of baked goods. Whether I saw them in text books, on TV, or in the countless bakeries I’ve been to, I can confidently say I know a lot about baking. Which is why

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

Banana Cake with Garam Masala Buttercream and Honey Caramel

We’ve all been there: we pick up the perfect bunch of bananas at the beginning of the week expecting to pack them in lunches or have as an afternoon snack only to have them sit and turn brown as the week ends. No problem ’cause we can always make banana bread , right? True…I don’t

Maple Mustard Salmon with Lentils and Wilted Greens

My wife and I are blessed with a great group of friends and this weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a little dinner party. I spent all week planning the meal, shopping and prepping the ingredients. The day of was spent in the kitchen as well! Not that I minded, obviously- I feel most

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

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane

Even though Spring sprung a few weeks ago it didn’t truly feel like the warm weather was on its way until this weekend. New England was more like a tropical oasis than ever but this Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane and Fennel Dust is what really made me feel those Spring and Summer

Grapefruit “Black and White” Cookies

“Black and White” cookie? “Half and Half” cookie? The original German name “Amerikaner” cookie? Whatever you call them, the one thing we can all agree on is these cookies are freaking delicious, amiright?! Its like a soft angel food cake and a buttery shortbread cookie had a delectably chewy baby. And the frosting. It should

Blueberry Basil Brioche Swirl Bread

Fun fact: I’ve been baking since I was barely able to look over the kitchen counter. I was a 6-year-old who preferred to bake brownies and cookies than play with toys or run around with the other kids. I was drawn to the beauty and science of baking long before I fell in love with

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

Mango Margarita with Sriracha Salt

Cheeeeers to the weekend!!! If you’re like me and live in New England this will be an extra special weekend because of Marathon Monday! It’s unfortunately looking like another wet and windy one for the runners, but there will no doubt be any lack of support on the sidelines. And if you’re also like me,

Maple Pecan Swirl Sourdough

I love bread. I love eating it. I love making it. If I could, I’d do nothing but eat and make bread every day for the rest of my life. Homemade sourdough has to be one of the world’s most perfect foods. Just 3 simple ingredients, with a little manipulation and time, can produce a

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

Souffle Pancakes with Maple Caramel and Bacon Granola

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I first heard about the Japanese-inspired souffle pancakes social media was becoming obsessed with. In my opinion, pancakes are one of those foods that you really shouldn’t mess with. I mean, its such a emotionally-charged, nostalgic food that it’s almost a crime to change it! Especially because

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

Lemon Basil Cupcakes with Balsamic Strawberries

I have a confession to make: I dont have much of a sweet tooth. Ugh, I know. It’s actually something I’m not proud of. I wish I could look at a triple chocolate cake with the same ferocious desire that some people do (like my wife). That’s not to say that I dont enjoy sweet

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-

Chocolate Babka Muffins

I kid you not, trying to write a post about these chocolate babka muffins was challenging. Not because there isn’t much to say about them… quite the opposite in fact. It’s like listening to a Pink Floyd song or looking at van Gogh’s The Starry Night. You dont say a word, you just take in

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

Spring Cookies – The perfectly flaky picnic treat!

It’s Friday, Spring, (yay!), and I accomplished the following things: Spent more time in the kitchen than I have in a while (be on the lookout for more recipes soon!) Turned a neglected piece of land into a (potentially) thriving vegetable garden. Slept for more than 7 hours in one night. And watched (again) obscene

World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (Seriously)

I feel like I’ve been working on perfecting the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe for years. Since I was 6 actually. To me, there is nothing more comforting than a chocolate chip cookie. I’m sure the synonym for nostalgia is “chocolate chip cookie” in fact. And no matter how many times I thought I

Brown Butter Parsnip Breakfast Bread

One of the many reasons why I love cooking is the endless creativity. And one easy way to be creative in the kitchen is taking a standard, classic recipe and adding a fun twist to it. I’ve loved doing this ever since I started cooking when I was 6 years old. Granted, swapping out the

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