espresso-rubbed sliders with cherry jam and bacon

espresso-rubbed sliders with cherry jam and bacon

  SPRING BREAK = free time = nonstop cooking! i made these sliders in the midst of a cooking frenzy, somewhere in between baking a five-layer apple cake and a kosher-for-passover chocolate roll. the desserts are a bit seasonally inappropriate — the apple cake has a thanksgiving vibe, and the chocolate roll looks like it belongs in a christmas dinner [...]

spring risotto

spring risotto

everyone always laughs when i say i want to be a firefighter. i do, though! i know it's a super strenuous job (both physically and mentally), but i think it'd be incredibly rewarding. also it would be cool to live with all my firefighter friends and slide down poles and shout "mayday!mayday!" when there's an emergency. segue >>>>> today [...]

roasted sweet potatoes with figs, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction

roasted sweet potatoes with figs, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction

    the middle east has mastered cuisine in a way unparalleled by any other region. most dishes are extremely healthy, consisting of seasonal produce, fresh meat, local cheese, or a combination of the three. middle eastern flavors are vibrant, diverse, and loaded with character. no offense to france, but i would much rather go on a [...]

gorgonzola dolce risotto with mushrooms and charred pistachios

gorgonzola dolce risotto with mushrooms and charred pistachios

in greek mythology, gods and goddesses eat ambrosia as their primary form of sustenance. it's never clarified what ambrosia actually is, physically, but i'm betting that it changes based on the preferred tastes of the consumer. i'm thinking that this risotto is probably what ambrosia tastes like to gaia (mother earth). it tastes like.. a forest? a creamy, [...]

deep-dish granny smith chicken pot pie with a cheddar crust

deep-dish granny smith chicken pot pie with a cheddar crust

makes four servings This autumnal entrée takes everything you thought you knew about apple pie and throws it out the window. There's no cinnamon, no nutmeg, no sprinkling of turbinado sugar to make for a caramelized crust. Instead, we're taking onions, thyme, and sautéed chicken and sealing them in a flaky, buttery, made-from-scratch dough. I pressed the [...]

caramelized onion and goat cheese empanadas

makes six (one empanada each) servings The best appetizer I've ever eaten was a caramelized onion and goat cheese cheesecake. I experienced this sweet-but-not-dessert cheesecake on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Almost every restaurant on the island had a menu of twenty variations of fish & chips, and after the nausea-inducing ferry ride, seafood was not something [...]