The first time I ever cooked mussels was when I was in culinary school. We learned to cook them simply with butter, shallots, parsley, and white wine. But then again, I went to a French school and it seemed like we always used those ingredients! I just remember thinking that it was one of the easiest and quickest dishes I ever made, and yet, it looked so fancy. The key is to make sure they aren’t overcooked and you’re good to go. There’s a world of a difference between a supple tender mussel vs. a tough rubbery one. Read more
What is it about winter that makes us buy clementines? For me, it’s almost an automatic impulse. Lately, anytime I go grocery shopping, before I know it, I have a bag of clementines in my cart. I even have some in my fridge right now, and I bet you do too. Maybe it’s because they’re one of the only fresh fruits in season this time of year, or it’s because they’re so sunny and bright, and that makes us think of warmer weather. Read more
Okay, so I have something to confess. We filmed this video with the intention of posting it during the holidays, because to me, puff pastry screams “holiday entertaining.” It’s usually during the holidays where we’re all like, “buttery flaky goodness stuffed with cheese? Sure… bring it on!” And then after the New Year, we’re usually like, “oh man… hand me some green juice!”
I know, and I get it. I totally have kale in my fridge right now too. But in case you didn’t read my previous entry, we’ve been a little busy. So we filmed this video before Christmas and then didn’t have time to edit it until now. Eeeks! Read more
Joe and I were going to a Christmas potluck party, and we were (or should I say, I was) in charge of bringing one of the main dishes. But since there was no real “theme,” to the evening and I didn’t know what everyone else was going to bring, I initially felt stumped about what my dish would be. My general feeling about potluck parties is that I try to bring something that can universally play nice among all the other food on the table. Read more
Don’t you feel like eating a salad right about now? I know I sure do. I’ve been eating Thanksgiving leftovers all week and I’m filled to the brim with butter. Time to detox! But for those of you who fear healthy food, don’t worry, there are yummy garlic croutons involved. Crunchy, olive oil-drunk, garlic kissed homemade croutons.
Everyone’s doing the kale thing, and I’ve always been in love with it, so I thought it was the perfect time to post a kale salad recipe. That, and the fact that I somehow ended up with 4 blooming bunches in the fridge. The best part of this salad is that the leaves are so hearty that they can take a beating and still come out looking fresh and cheerful. Read more
For those of you who absolutely love brussels sprouts, and those of you who don’t, you can find peace and break bread together over this dish. The truth is, I myself am reformed. When I was a kid, I ate a really gross brussels sprout that was flavorless, mushy, and smelled like feet. I felt the tears well up in my eyes as I fought to choke it down. But oh how I’ve wasted many years avoiding them for no good reason. I’ve since then gotten over my issues and am quite obsessed with them. Right now brussels sprouts are everywhere, and when they are kissed with garlic, sprinkled with salt, and lightly sauteed, they’re truly scrumptious and exciting. Read more