Vegetables

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.

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, […]

Chard, Leek, and Feta Quiche

Chard, Leek, and Feta Quiche

January is the worst. I’m sorry, it just is. Without the holidays to blur the sharp glare of winter, January is like that first week back in the office after a month-long tropical vacation. The good times are over. There’s nothing to look forward to. […]

Berry & Green Smoothie

Berry & Green Smoothie

Last weekend was wonderful. I got together with friends, we ventured to an adorable winery about an hour outside the city. We sipped, we ate, we laughed. There were crisp whites, deep reds, blueberry wines, spiced apple wines… and delicious grappa, cognac, and whiskey. And […]

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 […]

Creamy & Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Creamy & Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Alright, guys. Let’s talk about pasta. It’s a glorious thing, right? Chewy, carby goodness. Growing up, we had pasta for dinner on a semi-regular basis. My older brother hated it, which to this day I’ll never understand. I thought he was crazy. It was always […]

Late Summer Vegetable Soup

Late Summer Vegetable Soup

Finally, fall. I know it hasn’t quite arrived in all of it’s crisp, foliage-wrapped glory, but it is peeking around the corner. You can smell it in the air, feel in the mornings, and I? I. Can’t. Get. Enough. That period right between summer and […]