Dinner

Butternut Squash & Kale Lasagna

Butternut Squash & Kale Lasagna

It’s finally fall, ya’ll. Sure, the calendar declared it months ago, but this year it took the world a little bit of time to catch up. We’ve had a lot of warm days lately, but today, I opened my window and I could smell it, feel it, breathe it in with a big, lovely sigh. It’s here. Fall.

I just adore this time of the year. The colors, the crispness, the shift we all make when summer fades out and the cool season fades in. I don’t know if it’s my Nordic heritage or just years of conditioning in upstate New York and New England, but I’ll take cold over heat any day of the week. Somehow summer heat just seems too stifling, but a deep gulp of brisk, cool air opens me right up – it feels life-affirming. The time of the year is always a reminder that world keeps turning, and to make the most of each and every season. And with fall, that means long hikes, family get-togethers, cool nights, and some really amazing season food that taste just like Fall feels – utterly wonderful.

Pain de Viande

Pain de Viande

Ah, the humble meatloaf. It’s hearty, it’s a classic, and it’s a go-to comfort food this time of the year. But despite its unassuming intentions, we can all agree that your average meatloaf can be a fickle, tricky old lady — out of nowhere, she can turn on you, ending up dry, and a little bland, and just plain… blah. Ho-hum. And a little ugly to boot. But then, what do you expect with a name like meatloaf? It’s a loaf of meat. Doesn’t exactly sound like a lively dish, does it? The poor thing hardly stands a chance.

Luckily, this is by no means your average meatloaf, because this isn’t just any loaf of meat. Studded with gorgeous, rich, classic French flavors — mushrooms, lentils, mustard, a hint of thyme, and the the pièce de résistance, a red wine glaze — its name should appropriately be French as well, c’est non?

Norsk Quinoa Salmon

Norsk Quinoa Salmon

I’ve been to Norway only once in my life, but it’s been a part of me since I can remember. My grandmother’s homeland, I was brought up with its customs and traditions and as a child, I remember thinking that it must be some kind of magical Neverland. In 2012, I finally travelled there and amid the mountains and fjords, I discovered that I was right.

So much of Norway is about what’s just below the surface. Deep glacial inlets filled with blue waters, lush green forests teeming with northern wildlife, and quaint homes with sod roofs placed within the country’s many hillsides. Its people are kind, genuine, and rooted to the land, the water, and their history. We visited family who greeted us with open arms and a celebratory feast, and I like to think I got a glimpse of the country through my grandmother’s eyes when I visited her home in Bergen. Everything there just seemed richer — the colors, the culture, and definitely the flavors.

Best Veggie Burgers Ever

Best Veggie Burgers Ever

To all the veggie burger haters out there – I hear you. No one trusts those compressed patties of indeterminate ingredients. All those mass-produced phony “burgers” are just masquerading as one of the world’s most iconic comfort foods, but you can see right through it. […]

Chicken Street Tacos

Chicken Street Tacos

The business of cooking is a tricky one. It’s not one-dimensional. Depending on the day, just finding your rhythm in the kitchen can be a formidable task. It’s a messy undertaking for sure (especially in my kitchen), but it’s also precise. It demands your patience, […]

Open-Faced Chicken Caprese

Open-Faced Chicken Caprese

There’s just something about pairing food with seasons. Pumpkins and fall. Winter and soup. They’re inseparable, like sweethearts through the ages that come round once a year. Spring and summer are all about freshness – berries, vegetables, herbs. But when its the thick of summer, […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Soup

Even though I love to cook, dream about it (…some great ideas have come to me in my sleep, although I have a recurring nightmare about chocolate seizing. I think its post-culinary-school-trauma related. Another story for another time.), and live for it…sometimes I just don’t […]

Turkey Chili with Sage, Spinach, and Roasted Butternut Squash

Turkey Chili with Sage, Spinach, and Roasted Butternut Squash

Well friends, it’s here. December. Fa la la. Ho ho ho. Yadda yadda yadda. That came out wrong. Let me start over. I adore the holidays. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. If it were up to me, it would start […]

Roasted Vegetable and Harvest Grains Salad

Roasted Vegetable and Harvest Grains Salad

There is a version of myself, tucked deep inside, that wishes I didn’t care so much about food. She gets fed up with my daily internal struggles over what constitutes a “normal” amount of cheese, and is annoyed by just how much I love wine […]

Sage, Apple, and Sausage Sauté with Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Sage, Apple, and Sausage Sauté with Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Yesterday was a good day. Odd for a Monday, which in itself added a little unexpected delight to the whole thing. Good Mondays are like unicorns. Not to mention that it was a Monday following a weekend out of town, which usually feel like stolen […]