Provençal Baked Chicken

Still trying to cling-on to the last flavors of summer? Before the Farmer’s Market summer produce is replaced with their fall harvest, pick the ripe tomatoes & fresh basil to create this simple yet deliciously sophisticated and developed flavored dish. Serve along a side of Garlic Smashed Parmesan Potatoes or  a simple olive oil angel…

Egg & Pesto Toast

Have I mentioned how much I love having a Farmer’s Market outside our Boston apartment? Every Wednesday a collection of vendors gather literally right below us. Just-picked garden vegetables, fresh baked breads, recently laid chicken eggs, right off-the-hook fish… it’s a foodie’s dream. So yesterday, I selected a wonderful loaf of wheat bread, the most…

Tips on Hosting a Dinner Party

“It takes real planning to organize this kind of chaos.” – Mel Odom The beautiful illustrations in this section are painted by a very talented friend, Paige Smith Spearin. She is an accomplished illustrator, painter and print designer in NYC. Thank you, Paige! Check out her work!  Planning The key to a great party is…

The Art of Sabering a Champagne Bottle

Some celebrations just require that extra pop… Saber that Champagne Bottle! When a champagne bottle is struck at the right point with a sharp edge, the collar of the bottle will break-off with a clean cut and the cork still be completely surrounded by the glass. How does this work? A champagne bottle has roughly…

Sautéed Summer Halibut

We returned home to Boston today to an absolutely beautiful summer day. Having this be one of the true first summer days in our new Seaport neighborhood, I’m just starting to discover the summer happenings in our new hood. And being that this is a rather new neighborhood itself, new stores and activities are constantly…

Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Crostata

This recipe is my favorite go-to appetizer. It’s easy to make, it can be made in advance, and it’s impressive. Between the buttery dough and the fresh vegetables & herbs, the flavors are hard to resist. There are almost never any leftovers when I serve this at a party.  It can be served as one…

Healthy Tzatziki Sauce

When the summer grill is burning hot, grilled chicken can often be found on the household menu. This fresh dill & lemon zest sauce is a perfect compliment with it’s tangy zip to grilled chicken, as well as grilled salmon or swordfish. And by using non-fat Greek Yogurt, it’s a healthy way to add flavor….

Grilled Thyme Tomatoes

Summer tomatoes are so full of flavor, and therefore do not require much, if anything, to be a delicious addition to a meal. By simply grilling them and adding fresh thyme, they are easy and healthy. We ate them with grilled chicken and Healthy Tzatziki Sauce on pita – yum! For serving sizes, plan for…

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

As a tribute to our summer family trip to Sea Island, Georgia, I thought this week’s post should honor the Georgia Peach. This juicy fruit encapsulates the sweet joys and flavors of summer. While a peach pie is always a hit, sometimes it’s fun to change up the summer desserts to something unexpected yet with…

Smoked Lake Trout Dip

Our family has been spending the summer days in a small town in northern Michigan since my Dad was a young boy. The days are long with bright sunshine, the lake is busy with boaters & swimmers, and our plates are filled with the freshest fish. We are fortunate to have an incredible fishery in…

No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Bars

When your friends invite you to their summer home on the Cape, you cannot show up empty-handed. Of course you should bring some summer rosé, but a homemade dessert really says ‘thank you’. These no-bake bars are the perfect summer dessert with their saltiness from the almond butter, the sweetness of the chocolate, and of…

Orange-Ginger Halibut

Are you not only in charge of making dinner, but also on clean-up duty? Do yourself a favor and cook dinner “en papillote”, or in parchment paper. Cooking fish in parchment paper is quick, super-flavorful, provides a gourmet-looking meal but with a very minimal clean-up. Plus, it can be prepped ahead, and then thrown in…