Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy October! Every year, without fail, I get on a bit of a baking kick once fall begins to set in. There is just no better way to spend a brisk Sunday afternoon. As discussed previously, I am one of those people that goes crazy for seasonal foods. I once put pumpkin ice cream on hold at Trader Joe’s with this girl… Go ahead and judge us. It was the best Friday night ever. Continue reading

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Cucumber-Chive Greek Yogurt Dip

Tzatziki is always my favorite part of any Greek meal. Tangy and refreshing, even the most delicious pita bread becomes a mere vehicle for the tzatziki. This weekend, I created my own version of the Greek classic to usher in summer. This was absolutely perfect alongside steak and Italian-style potato salad (no mayo — it’s the … Continue reading

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Ina Garten’s Croque Monsieur

I discovered croque monsieur on a rainy February day while I was a sophomore in college. I came into the city early on a Saturday morning to cover an event for a class and afterwards, met up for brunch with one of my high school friends that lived in the West Village. He took me to the most adorable and elegant brunch spot, Cafe Cluny, where we sipped bellinis and ordered croque monsieurs and cappuccinos. I’ve never been to France, but I imagined life there was as fabulous as I felt in that moment. Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Israeli Couscous, and Dried Cherries

My obsession with brussels sprouts is not a secret. I could go on forever about how roasted brussels sprouts are simply the best of winter produce. I desperately try to convince even the most avid brussels sprouts haters (I’m looking at you, Dad) that they just haven’t eaten them the right way and it’s not the sprouts they hate, but the bland preparation. Roasted brussels sprouts are usually my weapon for conversion from hater to lover, but I think this recipe is something special, too. It starts with bacon, after all. Continue reading

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Recently, I’ve been having the urge to bake. Perhaps it’s the change of season that has been motivating me to make warm and delicious treats. Or the fact that my birthday is this week and I wanted to bring goodies with me to work as a nod to the days of elementary school, when bringing in cupcakes to share was practically required. When I came across these cookies on Pinterest, my heart skipped a beat. Chocolate chip cookies stuffed with nutella? Is this possible? Continue reading

My Favorite Kale Salad

My Favorite Kale Salad

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Kale. Not sautéed or steamed, but Raw kale. You’re probably wondering… how can a person be utterly obsessed with kale, let alone raw kale? I don’t know why, but I find it completely delicious and I always feel as though I’ve done some kind of good deed unto my body after eating a bowlful of kale. I’m heading down South tomorrow evening, and I have a feeling this kale salad will be the first thing I prepare when I return back to NYC after a week of Lowcountry specialties. Continue reading

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Greek Dinner Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen

One of my more recently-realized goals for my 24th year has been to educate myself more about food. I’m a pretty decent cook but I’m no chef. My knife skills, preparation, and presentation techniques definitely leave room for improvement. So when my friend (and fellow food blogger) Kayla suggested we get together a take a class at Brooklyn Kitchen, I jumped at the chance. The schedule for August had some exciting offerings, and we eagerly decided on a Greek Dinner class. Continue reading