Chocolate-Peanut Butter Middles

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Middles
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Middles

Anyone else feel like this year flew by too fast??? A lot has happened since our move to Maine. And even though our move has been a positive one, moving a young family (with a baby on the way), starting new jobs, starting/moving a culinary company, and settling into our new schedule certainly has been challenging at times. Thank goodness our little family seems to have found peace in our new life just in time for my favorite time of year: cookie season! And I can’t think of a better cookie to christen the season than the champ of all cookies: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Middles. 

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Slow Roasted Salmon Tacos with Pomegranate-Cape Gooseberry Relish

Slow Roasted Salmon Tacos with Pomegranate-Cape Gooseberry Relish

This recipe needs little introduction because, tacos. Is there ever a bad time to eat tacos? Have your ever had a bad taco? Not only are they easy to prep but they are so freakin tasty! And talk about versatile! You can put literally anything in a taco and it’ll be delicious. And the more creative you can be, the tastier your tacos are. Like my Slow Roasted Salmon Tacos with Pomegranate-Cape Gooseberry Relish! This early Fall recipe is light, bright in flavor, and oh so satisfying. Plus, if you have extra time, you can wow the pants off your dinner guests and make your own corn tortillas. Check out my recipe for homemade tortillas here!

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Thai Curried Bass with Black Rice and Winter Squash

These days I’m all about the easy meals. Which is funny because finally, for the first time in my life, I have way more time to prep for dinner. Or so it seems. Long story short: I am now (mostly) a stay at home mom. Aside from working part time as a pastry consultant (and an aspiring food blogger!!), I spend most of my time with my 3 year old goofball. Which is amazing… and completely exhausting. I wouldn’t change anything about my daily life but I am surprised at how little time I actually get to put into my recipes. Which is why I love recipes like this Thai Curried Bass with Black Rice and Winter Squash. Visually, it’s quite stunning. But prep-wise, its a piece of cake! Especially if you read yesterday’s post and stocked up on my Panang Curry Paste!

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Harissa and Mint Flower Bread

Harissa and Mint Flower Bread

I love our new home. For those not really in the know, Maine is a wonder to behold. Not only do we get the breathtaking rocky coastlines and densely wooded forests outdoorsy folks drive for miles to see but we also have the thriving hustle and bustle of the big city in Portland (which also happens to be one of the most innovative and exciting culinary destinations in the country!!). But as happy we are here, one down side to our move is having to socially start over. Enter: my Harissa and Mint Flower Bread.

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(Guilt-Free) Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

If you’ve been following me lately (thank you!) I’m sure you’ve noticed the semi abrupt absence I took recently. It’s been… quite a month, to say the least. But I’m so excited to be back, and just in time for pumpkin season!! And don’t worry, these guilt free pumpkin pancakes are simple to make and can be enjoyed allllll season long ( and yes, I know its on the early side to get excited about pumpkin. I’m one of those pumpkin fanatics that can wait for pumpkin everything).

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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 of the most interesting and exquisitely prepared meals are those that practice restraint. It’s a hard concept to master because, as artists, our creativity tends to cloud our ability to think minimally. But when we do, the end result can be a masterpiece. This Bacon, Egg, and Brie Buckwheat Crepe is no masterpiece. But damn, its good.

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Kitchen Basics: Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde with shrimp

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 consistent in my kitchen is my desire to create everything I can from scratch. They may seem like a “duh” kind of statement. But unlike many chefs, I mean that to a T. Meaning I try to stock my pantry and fridge with homemade items that many others buy out of convenience, like vinegar, yogurt, butter, and sauces. This Salsa Verde is a favorite pantry staple in my kitchen. Its the easiest sauce that adds complexity to any dish in seconds.

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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 (eating, drinking, and swimming with sharks- all in excess); and had an eventful fourth of July weekend in Connecticut meeting a new addition to the family. But all of that time in vacation mode now means I’m feeling less alert and slightly more sluggish than usual. And the one too many tropical cocktails and decadent vacation food has definitely weighed down my usual hop out of bed this morning. Which is why this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Granola with CBD is a perfect meal to jump-start my post-vacation gears.

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Juniper Spiced Leg of Lamb with Blackberry-Corn Relish

Juniper Spiced Leg of Lamb with Fennel, Rainbow Chard, 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 to be back in the kitchen. And man, this Juniper Spiced Leg of Lamb with Blackberry-Corn Relish is the perfect meal to start off vacation.

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