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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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,
For whatever reason, my wife and I have been on a heavy (and delicious) seafood kick lately. I suppose all of these bright and refreshing dishes are thanks to the beautiful Summer weather we’ve been having. The countdown to our Key Largo/Miami beach vacation the end of this month might also be to blame. I
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
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
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…
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
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)
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
Ohhh lying on a beach in a tropical oasis, how I long for you. I remember coming up with this pistachio-crusted halibut with pineapple recipe shortly after my wife and I returned from our honeymoon in Hawaii… since that time, we’ve had a baby (now a three-year-old), a cross country move, a graduate degree, and
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
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
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
They say that nothing can help prepare you for parenthood. It’s unpredictable, frustrating, beautiful, empowering, exhausting, soul satisfying… it’s the most rewarding aspect of my entire life. And even though there have been (and will be) times in my daughter’s life that are more challenging than others, nothing breaks a mother’s heart more than when
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
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.
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!
If there is one thing that my wife and I love more than eating food, it’s eating ethnic food — and Ethiopian food is one of our absolute favorites. I knew I was falling in love with her when I took her out for Ethiopian food when we were first dating. There are few women who would enjoy eating curry with
If I haven’t said it enough, I LOVE fall/winter produce. I think it’s because the complimentary flavors and spices remind me of family, warmth, and the holidays… basically nostalgia in a bowl. So when we had a dinner party with friends this past weekend, I wanted to make a dish with all of my favorites.
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
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
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
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
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
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