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
I get asked all the time what my favorite recipe is or what’s my style of cooking. I see that as a complex question because one of the most fulfilling aspects I find by being a chef is the ability to constantly learn and grow. So my style, passions, and knowledge changes constantly. However, one
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
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
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
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.
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??)
Welp, it’s Monday. Ugh. Thank goodness I have a fabulous ocean-side vacay to look forward to in 2 weeks (!) . I know that wont help your Monday blues but it’s seriously the only thing that got me out of bed this morning. Hopefully you can find your vacation-type energy to get you through Monday
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
Grilled Octopus Salad
Ok so I get that it’s Friday and having a healthy bowl of veggies in your shrimp pad thai is maybe not what your stomach had in mind. But we’re literally days away from Spring (thank goodness!)…. which means lots of spring vegetables….. which also means beach season..? (I dont know, I dont particularly care