We just spent an evening with our friends who are in the restaurant business, and they put out this fantastic condiment on the table that they said they eat with everything. It’s just yogurt or sour cream (they suggest a thicker yogurt, or a Greek yogurt–or sour cream if you’re not worried about the fat […]

cauliflower 1

Last night I pulled out some old cauliflower and knew it had to be used immediately, or tossed.  I trimmed it, cut the florets into smaller pieces, and added some cherry tomatoes into the pan. I added some course salt, black pepper, and a couple of pinches of cumin. Then I drizzled it with some […]

potatoes mimi

Last summer we spent some time with our dear friend Mimi Thorisson (Manger blog, author of this book) in the Medoc region of France. We had a casual Sunday afternoon lunch at her friends’ house, and she made these amazing potatoes, which couldn’t be simpler. You just get the best quality little potatoes, cut them […]

bobby flay

I love the March issue of Bon Appetit–it’s their “favorite family dinners” issue. Normally I just tear out a page with a recipe I want my husband Matt to try–but this issue there were so many that sounded good that I am just saving the whole thing. Last night Matt tried these spice crusted carrots […]

spicy cucumbers

Our friend Liana is an amazing cook. Last week she made a Korean feast, and promised she would give us her recipes. We just had to share…they really aren’t as hard as you would think! Korean meals are always accompanied by banchan which are side dishes to complement the main dish. One of my favorites […]

ricotta salad

Our friend Anna brought this amazing salad to a dinner party last weekend—it was so fantastic—we had to get the recipe from her. It’s from an Australian cookbook called Where the Heart Is, by Karen Martini. It’s such a good cookbook (Anna lent it to us) but it’s impossible to find (for less than an […]

Gourmet Gardens (15)

Reader tip: “I always buy parsley for cooking, use a tiny bit of it, and then it wilts in my fridge. Also with my toddler clinging to me in the kitchen I’m kind of over washing and chopping it, at the moment. 

I just found this organic parsley paste at Fairway. It lasts for months! They have other fresh herb pastes, too.” […]


It’s about that time of year when we’re all looking for twists on what we make at least once a week. We just tried this recipe out, which is roasted cauliflower with lemon, cilantro, and curry, and it was fantastic. It came from the Meatless cookbook, and we modified it ever so slightly. Ingredients: 1 […]


It’s challenging for me to find vegetable sides that my daughter will eat without having to be pushed. Last night, I was trying out the new Meatless cookbook and we tried the Swiss chard recipe from it. It was maybe the first time I had served chard to Clara, and now she says it’s her favorite. […]


Our friend Alex made these potato wedges this weekend, and they were amazing—he put smoked paprika on them, and that was what took them to a whole other level. Basically, all he did was cut up the potatoes, sprinkle a course salt, some olive oil, and some smoked paprika, and put them in the oven […]


Our friend Steve just turned us on to a cauliflower recipe that’s so good that we’ve made it twice in one week. It’s the easiest recipe, but the fennel and coriander really elevates it. Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes One head of cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets One pint sized container of grape tomatoes Toss everything […]

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