Movie Posters

Giving Thanks – and meaning it

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Of course I would post a Thanksgiving post the week AFTER Thankgsiving. That’s just how I roll. Actually last Wednesday morning I was in a car accident. I was riding in a taxi and someone ran a red light going way too fast. They tore the whole front off the cab before hitting a parked car and stopping. A half second later and I wouldn’t be here to write this. A half of a second… I have so many moments in my life that I’m grateful for, so many laughs and smiles, but this year especially I have... 

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Ceviche

Rest and Inspirations – Mexican Ceviche Verde

Monday, November 18, 2013

You’re probably knee deep in turkey roasting ideas right now and probably not looking for a seafood recipe, but maybe the stress of the holidays makes this a perfect time to think back on your last great vacation and a no-cook light meal. Bon Appetit helped me find the perfect vacation dish. This summer I got to spend a week on a white sand beach under palm trees. It was not the most perfectly planned vacation, but I was so tired by the time I took it I didn’t care. I threw some clothes in a bag, packed... 

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Memories of Brunch – Berry Compote

Friday, October 11, 2013

I have been thinking a lot about dinner parties lately. I love to cook for people. I love getting to test out new recipes and ideas. But mostly I love to entertain because eating can bring us together like nothing else. Looking back through my cookbook I decided to make a video for one of my older recipes. This new twist on my Berry Compote reminds me of some of the very best friends and brunches I’ve made since moving to NYC. http://www.vimeo.com/76714195    Read More

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AIK Broccolini Pasta

Rainy Day Comfort Food – Garlic Broccolini Fusilli

Thursday, September 26, 2013

As the weather turns colder my thoughts always turn to comfort foods. These days comfort foods need to come in several categories – they can’t all be slow cooked or baked – I still need comfort foods that take 5 minutes and can be cooked for one. That’s probably what keeps pasta on my ready to grab shelf. It’s homey richness that fills your stomach with warmth is hard to beat. I’ve recently discovered fusilli pasta. Now most of the time that name refers to what I had always known... 

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Balsamic Reductions Granola Bars

Leftover Overload – Trailmix Granola Bars

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Truth be told – I have a lot of peanut butter around my office these days. As a food photographer I’ve had my share of post-shoot abundance. As a food commercial director the leftovers pile pretty high.* So after 4 days of peanut butter shoots we didn’t really know what to do with it all. I’ve made everyone in the office PB Chocolate Smoothies but our basket of apples and afternoon sandwiches will hardly make a dent in the pile of jars left. So I started baking. I didn’t want to replace... 

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Lemon Polenta Cake

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I love this cake. I wanted to find a recipe for a cornmeal cookie when I came across recipes for this classic Italian dessert. I originally printed out Nigella Lawson’s recipe to try, but I didn’t want to pour a lemon syrup over my cake. I just added the lemon right into the batter and ended up with an amazingĀ  pound cake with a crumbling texture and lemon kick, that’s incidentally entirely gluten free! I guess I like dense cakes. This one definitely competes... Read More

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Dinner in 10 Minutes – Mustard Crusted Salmon

roasted salmon salad

Spring and summer are great seasons to make lighter dinners and start getting into salads again. I, for one, can’t stand a salad in the winter, but a few days of warm sunshine and I’m crazy about them all over again. So I’m getting ready for the fresh seasons again with my old stand-by recipe of Mustard Crusted Salmon on salad. It’s ready so fast that you don’t even have time to crave it – you just eat it. http://www.vimeo.com/40228289 Mustard... Read More

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My Life in a Pie

Gorgonzola Pistachio Apple Tart

As soon as Where Women Cook posted their contest for a pieography – your life explained in a pie, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. After walking around with this analogy in my head for a couple weeks here are a few things I know for certain: My life is not a pie as much as a rustic tart, a little bit messy and definitely not put together around the edges. I’ve been self-employed for a decade as a creative professional. It has not been an easy path, but... Read More

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The Breakfast/Dinner Love Child – Fresh Corn Pancakes

Corn Pancakes

Santana: Breakfast confuses you. Brittany: Sometimes it’s sweet, sometime it’s salty. What if I have eggs for dinner? What is that? What if you have pancakes for dinner?!?! It’s not just my favorite Glee quote, it’s true – it is confusing. Binner? Breakner? Brinner? …whatever it is – it’s clearly not as catchy as brunch and it doesn’t get nearly enough creative attention. I may be of the school of thought that says the best... Read More

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The 3 Bean Posts – #3 Refried Beans: try these and you’ll never turn back

Black Beans

So by popular demand (aka one roommate’s insistence on having this recipe) I have picked an old favorite to finish ranting about beans with. Black beans: the little black dress for any pantry. For many of my friends who never thought about cooking beans at home this has been their introductory bean of choice. These tasty treats will win you over. Flexible and approachable, you can rinse them straight from the can and pour them over a salad or nachos and be done. You can... Read More

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Hey Ma Thanks for the Bounty – Yellow Tomato Jam

Yellow Tomato Jam

I need to interrupt my 3 Bean posts to tell you about a present I got from my mother. Mama is kind of a domestic genius. She can cook, sew clothes (my childhood princess dresses were to die for), make just about anything, was a boy scout leader, home school-er, and gardener. When I fly threw town for a minute to go to a friend’s wedding she sent me back with bounty from her garden. “I want to see recipes posted! I need ideas…” She calls to me as I head... Read More

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Cocktails

Congratulations and a Toast – Champagne Cocktail

AIK Champagne Cocktail

I am so wildly proud of my sister. She is an amazingly talented fashion designer and I’ve pretty much relied on her fashion advice since she was born (literally at 3 years old she could put together a better outfit for me than I could put together for myself at 23… I’ve gotten a bit [...]

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Cravings

Rest and Inspirations – Mexican Ceviche Verde

Ceviche

You’re probably knee deep in turkey roasting ideas right now and probably not looking for a seafood recipe, but maybe the stress of the holidays makes this a perfect time to think back on your last great vacation and a no-cook light meal. Bon Appetit helped me find the perfect vacation dish. This summer I [...]

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Thoughts On Life

Giving Thanks – and meaning it

Movie Posters

Of course I would post a Thanksgiving post the week AFTER Thankgsiving. That’s just how I roll. Actually last Wednesday morning I was in a car accident. I was riding in a taxi and someone ran a red light going way too fast. They tore the whole front off the cab before hitting a parked [...]

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The Dinner Party Regular

Memories of Brunch – Berry Compote

I have been thinking a lot about dinner parties lately. I love to cook for people. I love getting to test out new recipes and ideas. But mostly I love to entertain because eating can bring us together like nothing else. Looking back through my cookbook I decided to make a video for one of [...]