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Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

ShareTweet Cooking for 60, even when a time tested family recipe for Sloppy Joes, is never easy. Fresh from spring break on Monday, with suitcases still full of dirty clothes, I spent the day cooking dinner for 60. I was nervous. I wasn’t throwing an elaborate party, but I knew the crowd would be fullContinue Reading

The Secret to Great Homemade Fondue

The Secret to Great Homemade Fondue

ShareTweet The secret to homemade cheese fondue? No fondue pot necessary. Now that we’re officially in spring, it seems funny to be talking about fondue, a winter comfort food. But we fly West for spring break, to hit the slopes with fleeces and sun glasses, returning home proudly with raccoon tans. And when I’m skiing,Continue Reading

Wild Boar Rack with Whiskey Apples

Wild Boar Rack with Whiskey Apples

ShareTweet Wild boar is something we look forward to eating every time we visit my mother in France. She pulls the boar leg out of a chest freezer, still covered in its coarse hair, saved up for us from the fall hunting season. It’s not only thoroughly entertaining to watch her butcher the beast, itContinue Reading

Roasted Pork Loin with Cider Cream Mushroom Sauce

Roasted Pork Loin with Cider Cream Mushroom Sauce

ShareTweet Something magical happens when you roast meats or vegetables. All the flavors intensify as the sugars caramelize and instead of getting dry and tough, everything becomes more delicious. And as a technique, it’s hard to find one with lower maintenance: just preheat, season, and roast. Using the same technique for both main course andContinue Reading

Cookbook Review: Sunday Roasts

Cookbook Review: Sunday Roasts

ShareTweet When I first heard about Sunday Roasts by Betty Rosbottom, I wasn’t excited. A cookbook entirely about Sunday Roasts sounded dull and dreary: same old, same old. But on a whim, I requested a copy, and soon found myself flipping through it, salivating, and attaching bookmarks to page after page. Turns out a cookbookContinue Reading

Coconut Milk Chicken Pot Pie

Coconut Milk Chicken Pot Pie

ShareTweet A million years ago, when I gave birth to Juliette in New Jersey, my friends kept us fed with homecooked meals for over a month. Every other day a new meal would be delivered, complete with kid-friendly desserts, bread, and salad. It was amazing, like a long draw-out community hug that ended right whenContinue Reading

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooked Brisket

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooked Brisket

ShareTweet Happy new year to those of you who celebrate Rosh Hashanah. L’Shanah Tovah! Last night, we sat around our beat up kitchen table, the same one Steve and I had in our tiny NYC apartment, now marked by over a decade of scribbles and tasty spills, and ate this tender brisket. It was ourContinue Reading

Coffee Chat and Bouillabaisse with Paul Kahan

Coffee Chat and Bouillabaisse with Paul Kahan

ShareTweet Last night, I was lured out of my newborn nest to attend an irresistible foodie event: an intimate discussion and recipe demonstration with Paul Kahan, executive chef and partner of Blackbird, Avec, and Publican, three delicious trendsetting restaurants in Chicago. For those of you out of the Chicago area, Kahan was noted in theContinue Reading

a Summer Grilling Feast to Beat the Heat

a Summer Grilling Feast to Beat the Heat

ShareTweet I love to cook, but I really, really, really love to cook with friends. There’s something beautiful about everyone pitching in together, sharing their techniques and their mother’s secrets. I got together with Michelle from Honest and Truly, Hyacynth from Undercover Mother at Melissa‘s house to grill up a Mediterranean summer feast. The heatContinue Reading

Wild Boar and Relaxation in La Campagne

Wild Boar and Relaxation in La Campagne

ShareTweet As our plane to France was circling over Charles de Gaulle airport, I glimpsed fields of golden wheat and got that rush of being home feeling. Even though I grew up in Paris, it’s the French countryside where I spent weekends as a child that really resonates with me. There’s something about the colors,Continue Reading

Clams Casino Summer Pasta

Clams Casino Summer Pasta

ShareTweet One of my favorite aspects of summer, other than the lazy days spent at the pool, is how easy it is to throw together a great summer pasta dinner. Produce is so fresh and tasty that there’s little that needs to be done to create a dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds.Continue Reading

Ancho Chili and Tomato Goat Cheese Souffle for a Light Summer Dinner

Ancho Chili and Tomato Goat Cheese Souffle for a Light Summer Dinner

ShareTweet When people think of souffles, they usually picture dessert souffles, lighter than air chocolate concoctions that just melt in your mouth like a silken kiss. Savory souffles don’t get nearly enough attention and praise. In the summer, when even lifting a fork seems like too much effort, a cheese souffle paired with a niceContinue Reading

Queso Fresco Transforms a Boring Late Night Dinner

ShareTweet For the last few months, I have fallen ever increasingly in love with queso fresco. It may seem funny to rave about such a basic ingredient, but I find myself adding it to more and more dishes as of late, always with delightful results. Queso Fresco is a very generic Mexican cheese that canContinue Reading

>Fill your Kitchen with Warmth with this Exotic Pot Roast

ShareTweet >Yesterday we woke up to winter. When we lifted the blinds, the world had turned to gray. Snowflakes were everywhere, twinkling softly in the muted morning light. Our breath fogged up the cold windowpanes and this new world made us all react differently. The kids sprang into action, tearing apart closets for snow bootsContinue Reading

>Italian Picnic Chicken

ShareTweet >Chefdruck’s Tasty Tuesday For this week’s Tasty Tuesday, I’m featuring a recipe from Gina Von Esmarch’s new cookbook, Taste This! There are two types of cookbooks: those with easy recipes destined to go into your weekly line up and those with recipes you need an entire day to achieve. There’s a time and aContinue Reading

>Short Ribs and Crock Pots: a Marriage Made in Heaven

ShareTweet >Our driveway is now covered with a treacherous mix of ice, slush, and powdery snow. My pants are constantly wet and stained from dragging in the slushy mix. And our house is becoming an island because of the large pond of semi-melted snow at the end of our driveway. I’m so ready for winterContinue Reading