Spatchcocked Buffalo Chicken with Rosemary Oven Fries

Spatchcocked Buffalo Chicken with Rosemary Oven Fries A good roast chicken is a busy/tired/smart cook’s best friend. It’s a simple, satisfying dish that can feed a small family for days. If I make one on Sunday, Jason and I will eat what we can for dinner that night and then I’ll throw the leftovers in salads throughout the week. Rookie may get a few small bites, too…. 

Read More »

Potato Bread with Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese

Potato Bread with Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese

My parents stopped by our house this weekend since they were in the area. As usual, my mom asked if I needed anything (i.e., food from her most recent Sprouts or Costco run) before they hit the road. When she called, I was at the grocery store so couldn’t think of anything … except fresh rosemary… 

Read More »

Spanish Tortilla_close

Spanish Tortilla with Roasted Peppers and Peas

My first attempt at making a Spanish tortilla was a complete disaster. I was at my then boyfriend-now husband’s apartment. For some reason, I thought I could turn out a decent omelette using his cruddy cookware.

Vegetable Orzo Paella_plated_close

Vegetable Orzo Paella

I love paella – namely, the vegetable paella at Cascal Restaurant in Mountain View. It is amazing and I have yet to find another dish quite like it. That’s why my husband and I will drive 45 minutes just to get a taste of their “seasonal fresh vegetables and saffron rice, baked in a vegetable and herb… 

Read More »

Apple Challah Bread

Apple Challah Bread

Now that apple season is officially here, I’ve been making all kinds of appley things: apple pie, apple pancakes and this delicious apple challah bread. It may not look like your traditional braided challah, but it tastes just like it: eggy, soft and slightly sweet. And the best part? Cinnamony apple chunks nestled in the dough that become tender and… 

Read More »

Cubano_close

Grilled Cubanos + 3 Easy Dips

When you get an email from Pottery Barn with the subject line “Wine + PB + You!” you open it immediately and reply “yes, yes, yes” without fully knowing what you’re agreeing to. At least that’s what I did when the company contacted me in early August, a day before my birthday, asking if I’d like… 

Read More »

Roasted Brussels Sprouts_close

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey-Balsamic Glaze

I never liked Brussels sprouts as a kid. Maybe it was the way my mom prepared them – steamed and served with mayonnaise and soy sauce – or the way they smelled, but you’d never catch me reaching for these bite-sized buds. Now I can’t get enough of them, especially when roasted and glazed.