• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Protein Packed Snack

  • French Apple Tart

    Tarte Aux Pommes

  • tuna tartare

    Homemade Tuna Tartare

  • Chocolate Mouelleux

    Just a Simple Little French Cake: Moelleux au Chocolat

  • strawberry yogurt cake

    Strawberry Yogurt Cake: Great for Breakfast or Afterschool Snacks

  • Chocolate Pudding

    Milk Chocolate Pudding

True Gazpacho For One

True Gazpacho For One

I lived in Barcelona during my junior year in college and that beautiful city by the sea has a special place in my heart. It was the first place that I pretended to be a grown up, staying out all night dancing at discotheques, seeing dawn bloom while sipping coffee on Las Ramblas. The tomatoesContinue Reading

A Real Corn Boil on the Farm

A Real Corn Boil on the Farm

My sister Jessica and her daughters come to visit us every summer from California. For a week, we enjoy the miss and you’ll blink it Chicago summertime, spending lazy days at the pool, and showing these California girl that the Midwest is not the worst place in the world to live. This year, their visitContinue Reading

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

We are a dairy loving family through and through. Our fridge shelves and lined with yogurts, butters, and cheese. Dairy is my go to comfort food, and the same goes for most of my children. But when Sophie was born, we discovered that she was lactose-intolerant, we had to make some attitude adjustments. The hardest thingContinue Reading

The Summer Reading War and a Few Great 3rd and 4th Grade Titles

The Summer Reading War and a Few Great 3rd and 4th Grade Titles

Last year my summer reading strategy was simple. Bribery. Big reading goals tied to one big prize per kid: 10 books. 2 oral reports. 1 final prize. Judge me if you want. I don’t care. Last summer’s bribery success justified its questionable moral platform. The kids devoured their books, we had great discussions about them, andContinue Reading

Caramelized Cherry Tomatoes: a Thrill to Cook and Eat

Caramelized Cherry Tomatoes: a Thrill to Cook and Eat

Summer is here and with it comes its greatest gift: summer sweet tomatoes. We love tomatoes in all shapes and sizes. Sliced and slathered with burrata. Caramelized into tomato tarte tatin. But on quick and easy dinner nights, before a late night dip in the pool or after a long trek to a distant baseball orContinue Reading

Chilled Nectarine Soup with Caramelized Croutons

Chilled Nectarine Soup with Caramelized Croutons

My husband and I had only been dating for a few months, when I brought him to the South of France to meet my extended family. It was a curious time in my life. I was fresh out of college. New to the work world. And wildly in love. Straddling two realities, I felt too young toContinue Reading

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

When opportunity knocks, you say yes. No matter what else is going on. Then you juggle things around to make things work. That’s the philosophy I try to embrace, no matter how busy things get. Say yes, worry later. That’s the philosophy that brought me to serve my favorite summer salad, Salade Nicoise, to Black-ishContinue Reading

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

Along the same vein as my slow cooker pulled pork recipe, I have an oven roasted baby back ribs recipe for you today. It’s another cheat, a summer bbq recipe that doesn’t use the grill, and that’s easy to incorporate in the unpredictable days of summer when you’re not sure when you’ll next be runningContinue Reading

Caramelized Summer Corn Succotash

Caramelized Summer Corn Succotash

A few summers ago, we hosted my 18 year old french cousin, the daughter of my cousin and thus still my cousin. During her time here, attendance at our public pool saw a steep rise. Reading dog-eared paperback Sartre plays in a beautiful white bikini, she brought the french femme fatale stereotype to life to thisContinue Reading

A Summer Sign

Three days into summer break and I’m deep under water, drowning in the tedium of car pools and whiny complaints of boredom. I’d kept the week clear of camps and activities to leave room for adventure, but doctor’s appointments, playdates, and car pools crept in instead. Next week, all the camps begin and the carContinue Reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Barbecue tastes like summer nights, like long slow days next to the grill, checking on the meat, perfuming the neighborhood. I know that’s how the purists do it, but sometimes, that reality just cannot be. During the mad dash that is those last few weeks of school, there is no relaxing by the grill. It’s go, go,Continue Reading

Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

When Bella and Jack were small, Little Bear was their favorite TV show. That bear must have given Jack his wanderlust that now make Steve and I track him down all over town as the sun sets. The show’s draw for Bella must have been Little Bear’s mom and her constant baking. She always hadContinue Reading

Unexpected but Highly Addictive Grilling Favorites

Unexpected but Highly Addictive Grilling Favorites

Every year I swear to myself that I’ll grill all winter. And sure enough, my trips out to worship with Weber decrease as the temperature drops. By the time February rolls around, my grill is covered with a thick casing of ice and I soothe my longing for carbon striped protein by baking Nutella rollContinue Reading