Roasted Broccolini

RECIPE

If you’re looking for the quickest/easiest way to make a veggie side, roasted broccolini is your best friend. It tastes great a little under cooked, or a tiny bit burned… so you can’t really go wrong. Plus broccolini is naturally a little sweet which makes it inherently more delicious than other vegetables.

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches of broccolini, washed with the tips of the stems removed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • a big pinch of salt

  • 1/4th teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/4th of a lemon

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

  2. Throw down your broccolini on a baking sheet covered in tin foil (you know, so you don’t have to clean the pan)

  3. Sprinkle salt, red pepper flakes and olive oil over the broccolini and toss to coat

  4. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes until the tips are slightly darkened but the stems are still bright green

  5. Squeeze lemon over the broccolini just before serving!


Brunch's Best Friend: A Seasonal Frittata

 

RECIPE

There are a few things that are crucial to making an epic frittata...

  1. Sauté your vegetables before adding the eggs (helps remove excess liquid and build flavor)

  2. Whisk your eggs before adding them into the pan (aerates and helps keep the frittata fluffy)

  3. Cook your eggs low and slow (because no one wants tough bubblegum textured eggs)

  4. Slow the cooking process of the eggs by adding fat (milk, sour cream, or butter) in 2 stages

The frittata you are about to make incorporates all 4 principles, resulting in what could be your favorite frittata of all time. Great thing is, you don't need these veggies, herbs or cheeses, you can use whatever you have lying around.

This recipe proudly features some of my favorite OXO products including their garlic press, salad spinner, mixing bowls, frying pan and whisk.

[SERVES 6]

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 small butternut squash, with skin removed and diced into ½ inch cubes

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 bunch of chard, washed and cut with stems separated from leaves

  • 10 eggs

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • ¾ cups mozzarella (or any cheese you have on hand), shredded

  • 2 ounces goat cheese (plus a little extra for the top of the frittata)

  • 1 tablespoon of parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

  2. Heat half of the olive oil in a 9 inch-ish pan over a medium flame

  3. Saute onion, butternut squash and a big pinch of salt, for 5 minutes until the onion becomes translucent

  4. Add in the garlic (followed by a touch more salt) and stir

  5. Thinly slice the stems of the chard and add those into the mix

  6. Once the butternut squash is soft (about 8 minutes or so) chop up the chard leaves and add those in with another big pinch of salt

  7. Remove all the veggies from the pan and set them aside in a mixing bowl

  8. Whisk the eggs with the remaining salt and half of the milk

  9. Pour the rest of the olive oil into the pan and reduce heat to low

  10. Add in the eggs and constantly move them around until they begin to set

  11. When they set they will begin to look a tiny bit like a very lose cottage cheese

  12. At this stage add in the rest of the milk, all of your veggies and cheese

  13. Mix it well to evenly distribute the cheese and veggies

  14. Use a spatula to smooth out the top, as if you were smoothing frosting onto the top of a cake

  15. Move the pan to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until the center is set and there is some caramelization happening around the outside of the frittata

  16. Let the frittata sit for a few minutes, as it will continue to firm up

  17. Carefully lie a plate upside down on top of the pan and use oven mitts to invert the frittata onto the plate

  18. Top with goat cheese, sea salt and anything else you’ve got lying around

  19. You can also eat the frittata right out of the pan if you’re nervous about flipping it

 

Three Fancy Toasts

RECIPE

I have a problem, personally, with it being OK to go out and purchase a $15 slice of toast. I'm not saying I never do it, but I'm saying I think it's a problem. I'm an enormous fan of the artisanal bread movement, but when they'll sell you one slice of toast with some avocado on it for the same price, or even more frequently, a higher price than the entire loaf, that seems excessive . Toast is SUCH an easy and fun thing to make at home, and when it's done well it's impressive (as you've seen) and extremely comforting. I hope you'll try these three recipes and find the joy in sharing a meal at home and having people feast on your fancy toast!

PLEASE NOTE - I think it's best to try each of these toasts on different days, no need to stress, try em out when you feel like it and find your favorite!

[EACH TOAST SERVES 4-6]

Cinnamon Crunch Toast: "SF STYLE"

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons room temperature salted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 thick slices of bread
  • sea salt

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pan over a medium heat
  2. Beat together the butter, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla
  3. Spread a 1/4th inch layer of butter mixture onto one side of the toast
  4. Place the buttered side down onto the pan and cook for 3 minutes until a crust begins to form and it’s golden brown with some caramelized areas
  5. Flip and lightly toast the 2nd side for minute or so
  6. If the toast isn’t as crispy as you want when you take it out of the pan fear not!  It can take a few minutes to really crisp up once it’s removed from the pan
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt (and if you like a touch more cinnamon and sugar)

Avocado Toast: "LA STYLE"

Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (heaping if you like it spicy)
  • ½ teaspoon chives, thinly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + extra olive oil for making the toast
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • 2 ripe avocados, with pit and skin removed
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl (or mug) combine the red pepper flakes, chives, 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon zest
  2. Pour a very thin layer of olive oil into your pan over a medium heat (about a teaspoon)
  3. Toast bread for about 2 minutes on each side until they’re crispy and just a little bit golden
  4. Throw your avocado into a mixing bowl and use the back of a fork to smash them
  5. Smash until their aren’t any chunks larger than a 1/2 inch (if you’re concerned at all about browning toss in a good squeeze  of lemon juice from the lemon that you zested earlier)
  6. Layer 1/4th of a cup of avocado onto each toast, followed by a nice spoonful of the olive oil mixture and a generous sprinkling of sea salt

Everything Bagel Toast: "NY STYLE"

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • 2 teaspoons capers (divided evenly between toasts)
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, sliced into thin ribbons (using a mandoline or a veggie peeler)
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning (from Trader Joes)
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, chives and red onion
  2. Pour a very thin layer of olive oil into your pan over a medium heat (about a teaspoon)
  3. Toast bread for about 3 minutes on each side until they’re crispy and just a little bit golden
  4. Give the toasts a few minutes to cool off, otherwise the cream cheese will run
  5. Spread 2 (ish) tablespoons of cream cheese onto each toast
  6. Toss a few capers onto each toast, followed by a few ribbons of cucumber
  7. Top each toast with a generous sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning and sea salt

 

Zesty Peachy Shallot-y Summer Salad

RECIPE

If I'm going to be turning on the grill at all (and by "turning on" I mean prepping the charcoal and crossing my fingers that it gets hot) I like to utilize it as much as possible. I learn a lot by just throwing random things on the grill. It's sort of miraculous how much a fruit or vegetable can change simply by being grilled... sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much. The peach is one fruit that really really changes and becomes seductive on a grill. The caramelized sugars mixed with how richly smoky they become, and how the texture becomes almost like butter (even if your peaches are slightly under ripe) is pretty special. This salad is a great way to utilize the peach, get in some greens, and still keep all your friends happy.

[SERVES 4]

ngredients:

  • 2 ripe peaches, halved with the pit removed
  • 2 large juicy tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces fresh arugula (the amount that comes in 1 container)
  • 1 large ball of burrata
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 chives, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon thick good quality balsamic vinegar 

Directions:

  1. Turn on your grill, or grill pan, and get it as hot as it can get
  2. Toss peaches in the canola oil and a pinch of salt
  3. Oil your grill if it looks dry (OR ELSE YOUR BEAUTIFUL GRILL MARKS WILL BECOME SUCH GOOD FRIENDS WITH THE GRILL THAT THEY CAN NOT BE SEPARATED) and grill peaches for about 5 minutes until they have good thick char marks
  4. Set peaches aside to cool
  5. In a small bowl combine the shallot, chives, a big pinch of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil
  6. Once the peaches are cool enough to handle slice them into slivers (I like to cut each half into 4 slices, but you can do whatever feels right for you)
  7. On a serving platter make a layer of tomatoes, followed by a layer of peaches
  8. In a mixing bowl combine the arugula with the rest of the olive oil, all of the balsamic and another big pinch of salt
  9. Put the arugula on top of the peaches
  10. Carefully rip open and lie the burrata on top of the arugula
  11. Finally, spoon a generous portion of the shallot-y olive oil over the burrata
  12. Serve with some fresh cracked pepper if you want

 

Basillion Dollar Watermelon Salad

RECIPE

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn or julienned 
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, salt, apple cider vinegar and garlic
  2. In a large bowl toss the dressing with the watermelon and basil
  3. Select a serving vessel and pour in the watermelon, followed by the cucumbers, feta and green onion
  4. Serve COLD

Rosemary Smashed Potatoes (SSRI substitute potatoes)

 
 

RECIPE

If you love potatoes and you like to smash things this recipe is for you.  

This recipe has only 5 ingredients and is an amazing side dish.  Plus it’s therapeutic to take all of your frustrations out on the potatoes. All you need is your favorite flat kitchen tool to smack. I usually use a fish spatula, but you can use basically anything. Honestly, even though it’s not flat the underside of a ladle works. 

So have fun and you can thank me later.

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

  • 10 small yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maldon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • A few sprigs of rosemary

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees 
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment
  3. Throw the whole potatoes on there 
  4. Use a lil knife to poke some holes into each potato
  5. Toss in half of the olive oil and all the salt and pepper
  6.  Bake until they’re fork tender, about 40 minutes
  7. Smash those potatoes with a flat object
  8. Once they’re sufficiently put in their place drizzle with the rest of the olive oil
  9. Toss rosemary onto the baking dish 
  10. Cook until the edges begin to look crispy, another 15 minutes or so
  11. Finish with a little more salt, and perhaps some red pepper flakes

Vanilla Bean Café au Lait

RECIPE

If you're looking for an easy way to mix up your morning coffee routine, this is for you. It's also great to serve a crowd on a Sunday morning. Use the leftover simple syrup for cocktails later on in the day!

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 vanilla bean

Café au Lait:

  • 2  cups 2% milk

  • 2-3 tablespoons vanilla simple syrup

  • 2  cups strongly brewed coffee

  • whipped cream (optional)

  • cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small pot combine the sugar and the vanilla bean

  2. To ensure maximum vanilla flavor, open up the bean, scrape out the seeds and add the seeds and vanilla bean both to the sugar

  3. Rub the sugar between your hands well to incorporate the vanilla into the sugar

  4. Add water and salt to the pot and bring to a boil

  5. Boil until all the sugar is dissolved

  6. Transfer to a small container and keep in your fridge until it’s all used up

Café au Lait:

  1. Combine your desired amount of sugar with the milk into a small pot (if you just made your simple syrup you can use that pot without cleaning it before use)

  2. Heat it up until it’s really hot but hasn’t yet boiled

  3. If you have a large teapot, chemex, coffee pot or french press you can also combine the milk and coffee before serving and let everyone pour their own, which is what I like to do

  4. Or, if you’d like to serve it in individual cups, pour ½ cup of coffee and ½ cup of vanilla milk into each cup and top with whipped cream and cinnamon (if desired)

Olive Oil and Summer Strawberry Breakfast Cake

RECIPE

How come you can have pancakes for breakfast, but not cake? I think we bring back cake for breakfast. Who is with me?

This guy here is one of my favorites because it's incredibly moist, easy to make, and the fruit can be swapped out based on the season.

[SERVES 8]

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice

  • ¾ cup organic whole milk vanilla yogurt

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 5-6 strawberries, cut into quarters

  • loaf, cake or bundt pan

  • whipped cream with maple syrup and orange zest for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Coat your baking pan with a bit of olive oil, and if you have the time, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper

  3. Place the cut strawberries in the bottom of the pan

  4. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk

  5. In another medium bowl combine 1 cup sugar and orange zest, use your hands to incorporate the zest into the sugar  

  6. Add orange juice, yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract

  7. Scrape all the goodness out of the insides of vanilla bean and add that to the party

  8. Mix until well combined

  9. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet

  10. Once the ingredients look fully incorporated add the olive oil and gently fold it in  

  11. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes

  12. Cool for 20 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter for added drama

  13. If you’d like this would be a great time to whip up some cream or serve with extra strawberries and powdered sugar

 

Horseradish and Arugula Salad

 
 

RECIPE

I love to serve a great crisp and simple green salad with a zingy dressing to balance the delicious unctuousness (my boyfriend's favorite word) of a dish like short ribs or beef bourguignon.

If you wanna chat about horseradish let me know, I always love to turn new people on to one of my favorite roots!

[SERVES 6]

Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh horseradish, zested
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tangerine juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Salad:

  • 3/4 pound baby arugula
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine all salad dressing ingredients in lidded jar 
  2. Shake well  
  3. Taste to make sure you don’t want to add any more salt, sugar or acid
  4. Grab your favorite salad bowl 
  5. Toss all salad ingredients together before serving (BORING) or slightly salt the arugula, dress the greens, sprinkle with a big pinch of salt and the parsley.

Torn Sweet Potatoes with Chili and Lime

RECIPE

They're great hot, they're good cold. They're sweet, salty, a little spicy and pair like a dream with a grilled skirt steak or a summer BBQed chicken. What more could you want?

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 juicy lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or less if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Poke a few holes in each potato and roast in the oven until super soft, about an hour
  3. Set aside to cool and turn on your broiler
  4. Once cool enough to handle, tear each sweet potato into 5 or 6 chunks and put under the broiler until they begin to caramelize and get a little blackened in a few areas
  5. Pile them high on a plate and drizzle olive oil (or butter) over the potatoes, give 'em a big squeeze of lime, a generous sprinkling of chili powder and season with salt and pepper to taste. If you want cilantro, you can throw that on as well.

 

 

 

Charred Corn Salad with Cornbread Croutons

RECIPE

If you live in LA, than you've been to a Hillstone Restaurant. There are like a billion of them and they're always crowded. You might walk in and think "WHY IS THIS CHAIN SO CROWDED ALL THE TIME?!?" ... but then you eat the food and you're like "OH YES THIS FOOD IS SO GOOD." Where was I going with this? Oh yes, the cornbread. They have THE BEST cornbread, so I found the recipe and yoinked it.

In trying to come up with a really delicious salad to highlight summer corn, I thought, why not up the corn salad with my favorite cornbread croutons. Corn on corn on corn.

[SERVES 5]

Ingredients:

For the Croutons:

(This portion is NOT my recipe, it's the recipe for the cornbread at Hillstone... my favorite cornbread)

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of creamed corn
  • 1 4.5 ounce can of mild chilies, chopped
  • 1 1/2 ounces shredded white cheddar
  • 1 1/2 ounces shredded jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • cooking spray

For the Salad:

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4th teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4th teaspoon rosemary, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

For the Cornbread Croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 with your cast iron skillet in the oven, if you don't have a cast iron skillet a 9 by 9 baking pan will work
  2. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt into a small bowl
  3. In another, larger, bowl beat together the eggs, creamed corn, chilies, and cheeses
  4. In a totally separate bowl (I know, it's a lot of bowls) mix together the butter and sugar
  5. Pour the butter into the egg mixture and combine until just incorporated
  6. Then gently fold the fold the flour in until, again, the mixture is barely incorporated 
  7. Spray the hot, hot pan with a thin layer of cooking spray and pour in the batter
  8. Cook for about 30-35 minutes until the cornbread doesn't jiggle when you touch it on the top
  9. Once the cornbread has cooled, cut it up into cubes to sprinkle on top of the salad
  10. If you want to make the cornbread a day before serving, simply cut up the cornbread just before assembling your salad and broil to crisp it up and give it some new life

For the Salad:

  1. Coat the corn in the canola oil and sprinkle with salt
  2. Grill or broil the corn until charred on one side (I only char the corn on one side because I like it still crisp, but if you like a more cooked corn, have at it)
  3. When the corn is cool enough to handle, cut the corn off the cob
  4. Combine the corn, red onion, lime juice, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste
  5. Just before serving top with cornbread croutons and fresh rosemary

Overly Dilled Tzatziki with Crudités

 
 
 
 

RECIPE

This is a real easy recipe, basically the only technique here is to remove excess liquid from the cucumbers so that the yogurt remains creamy and thick. To get the excess liquid out of the cucumber put the cuc bits in a colander and sprinkle with a little salt. Let the salt pull out the water from the cucumber for a few minutes and then ring em out between paper towels like a true animal.

It's best coooollllldddd. Serve with some carrots, cucumber & radish.  Or with pita bread.  Or as a side for chicken.

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub full fat greek yogurt (I am basic, so i like Fage)
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • A few sprigs of mint (chopped)
  • Lots of dill (chopped)
  • A few sprigs of parsley (chopped)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 persian cucumber (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. In  a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and stir 
  2. Add more salt, pepper or lemon to taste

The Easiest Pancakes Ever

 
 
 
 

Pancakes are a magical food in that they basically taste good with everything. You could probably put a shoe on top of a pancake and it would taste alright.  These pancakes here are awesome because they can be made in a blender and kept in the fridge overnight for easy morning pancake action. So if you’re in a huge rush you CAN cook them ASAP, but if you wait until the next day they will be SO VERY fluffy and spectacular.  And make your morning easier.

These pancakes are adaptable and can go sweet or savory.  Top with maple syrup/bananas, blueberry compote/whipped cream, with a fried egg on top, with a little cinnamon and sugar or anything else that you have hanging out around your house.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth
  2. Oil or butter a pan over a medium-low heat
  3. Cook until small bubbles appear on top
  4. Flip and cook until golden brown on both sides
  5. Top with whatever you want

Spatchcock Chicken with Wine Braised Asparagus

 
 

If you’re squeamish you can purchase your chicken spatchcocked, if you’re a freak like me you'll want to do it yourself!!! First, you’re going to want to make sure you have a good pair of kitchen shears, if you don’t have these then the task at hand isn't going to be very pretty.  Place the chicken breast side down on a clean plastic cutting board, then using the shears you’re going to want to cut out the backbone. Cut from the tail to the neck as close to the backbone as possible on one side, and then repeat on the other side. Once the spine is out, twirl it around like a lasso and then keep it for chicken stock.  There is only one step left and it’s the yucky one...press down on each of the wings at the same time pretty firmly to crack the breastbone, allowing the bird to lie flat. You did it!  Now, onto the recipe...

4-6 depending on your hunger and the size of your bird

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 1 chicken (spatchcocked by your friendly butcher, or yourself if you’re brave)
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature butter (grass fed please)
  • 1 tablespoon chives (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  • 1 clove of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • A big pinch salt
  • A few grinds pepper

Asparagus:

  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine (something crisp and not too sweet)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 bunches of asparagus (with the ends snapped off)
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

Chicken:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees 
  2. In a small dish combine the butter, chives, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and a big pinch of salt and pepper
  3. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan and pat it dry with a few paper towels
  4. Gently slide your hand below the surface of the skin to loosen the area between the skin and the meat, THIS is where you want that delicious butter to live.  
  5. Evenly distribute the butter and then sprinkle the bird with a bit more salt and pepper
  6. Roast for about 40 minutes until your meat thermometer registers 155 degrees in the thickest part of the breast (careful not to cook it any hotter, or you'll have a dryyyy breast)
  7. Rest for 20 minutes before cutting and serving

Asparagus:

  1. Heat a large sauté pan with oil over a medium heat
  2. Add shallot, salt and pepper
  3. Sweat shallot until translucent and let wine flow in
  4. Reduce for 5 minutes over a simmer
  5. Add fresh lemon juice, start with ½ the lemon, add more to taste
  6. Remove from pan and put aside Add a touch of olive oil to the pan and add asparagus
  7. Cook for two minutes, add the shallot mixture back in
  8. Let asparagus finish cooking in the sauce until al dente
  9. Add a small pat of butter or a touch of parmesan, if you like

To serve, cut up the chicken and serve hot with the asparagus and perhaps the chopped salad or some roasted carrots.
 

Saturday Night Turkey Burgers

RECIPE

What words come to mind when I say turkey burger? Bland? Dry? No thank you? Yeah, I figured. Luckily, there are a few tricks to ensure that your turkey burger will be deliciously moist. Even though they won't have that beefy taste that you might crave from a traditional hamburger, I've found ways to dress em' up so they're incredibly satisfying.

The grated onion and eggplant ensure moist burgers and the Worcestershire adds an umami element that makes these turkey burgers craveable!

[SERVES 6-7 ]

Ingredients:

For the burgers:

  • 1 pound dark meat ground turkey
  • 1 globe eggplant
  • 1/4 cup grated onion (you can use a cheese grater or a microplane zester)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • a small bowl with salt and pepper
  • oil for the pan

For the All American

  • tomatoes (sliced)
  • pickles (sliced)
  • sliced cheddar
  • butter lettuce
  • red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ketchup
  • mustard

For the Mediterranean

  • tomatoes (sliced)
  • tzatziki
  • arugula (or butter lettuce)

For the BBQ

  • bbq sauce
  • coleslaw (homemade or you know, from the deli counter at your local grocery store)
  • pickles (sliced)

Directions:

  1. Set your oven to broil
  2. Poke the eggplant a few times with a knife 
  3. Broil the eggplant on a tin foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes
  4. Flip the eggplant and broil for another 20 minutes
  5. Yes, your eggplant is burnt to a crisp, this is good!
  6. Once the eggplant is cool enough to touch strip off the skin and stem and discard
  7. Place the eggplant flesh in a colander to and press our any excess liquid 
  8. Combine the eggplant, Worcestershire sauce and grated onion in a large mixing bowl and stir
  9. Add the turkey meat and gently fold to combine with the eggplant, try not to overwork your meat or your patty might be too dense
  10. Refrigerate for 1 hour
  11. Heat a large saute pan over a medium-high heat and cover the bottom of the pan with a very thin layer of oil
  12. Divide turkey into 6 or 7 portions and form each into a patty, making sure to push your thumb into the center of the burger on both sides just a little so the patty is thicker on the outside of the burger than it is in the center (this helps it cook more evenly)
  13. Sprinkle each burger generously with salt and pepper on both sides and put them in the hot pan
  14. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side (if you like to flip your burgers often, that's fine) until the internal temp reaches 155 degrees
  15. Rest for 10 minutes and serve with the toppings of your choice and a green salad or sweet potato fries!
  16. If you're feeling fancy while your burgers are resting toast the buns with a little bit of oil or butter in that pan you just cooked the burgers in.

Honey Jalapeño "Refried" Beans

 
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RECIPE

This is a recipe that I make all the time. My boyfriend and I go through a ridiculous amount of black beans, it's a good alternative protein source. I serve them on brown rice with some roasted vegetables, in a taco, tossed under a salad, or hell, straight out of the pot. The longer you let the beans cook the more they develope  a texture that mimicks refried beans.

[SERVES 6]

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of black beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Juice of one lime
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat
  2. Once hot add the onion and a touch of salt
  3. Let the onion sweat 
  4. Add the garlic and jalapeno  
  5. Cook until aromatic and everything is soft
  6. Add the honey 
  7. Add black beans 
  8. Add the rest of the salt, pepper and lime juice 
  9. Put lid on pot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  10. Beans should almost become the texture of refried beans, if this isn’t happening just add a little more olive oil and let them sit a bit longer
  11.  Once soft and a mashed consistency add the cilantro
  12. Add salt, pepper, and lime to taste
     

Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Party

RECIPE

Originally I made this recipe for Passover since it's sans dairy and made with almond flour, but I've had so many people enjoy making it year round that I've decided to let it break free from the chains of Holiday oppression. From now on, it's just called a Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Party and you can eat it whenever. you. like!

I usually finish the cake with whatever kind of vanilla frosting I have the ingredients for (a.k.a a little powdered sugar, vanilla and water) and toss some additional sprinkles around the edges of the cake.

[SERVES 6-8]

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs (separated)
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour (also called almond meal)
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 1/4th cup chocolate chips (preferably mini)
  • 1/4th cup rainbow sprinkles (plus extra for the top)
  • frosting ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Separate the eggs
  3. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
  4. Set aside the egg whites
  5. Beat together the egg yolks and the sugar until the color of the yolks turn pale yellow, about 2-3 minutes
  6. Add the vanilla
  7. Add in the almond flour and salt
  8. Slowly fold in the egg whites until the batter is uniform (by folding the batter you avoid deflating the cake by un-whipping the egg whites)
  9. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips and the sprinkles
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes until fully cooked through (you can poke a toothpick through the cake, and if the stick is covered in any batter you know it isn't finished baking)

 

Matzo Ballin'

 
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RECIPE

Here is the thing about making chicken soup, it isn’t a fast process. Maybe your mom used to basically add a few bouillon cubes to water, dump in some veggies and noodles and make instant soup, which honestly tastes pretty good- but that isn’t what we are going for here. We’re going for your great-great-grandma's version. You have to be patient and just let this happen slowwwlllyyyyy.  So make it on a cold day, start it early, go about your business. 

I like a stock that is made with roasted bones the best. If you happen to make roast chickens often I highly recommend storing the bones in a zip-lock bag in the freezer and pulling them out when it’s chicken soup time.  If you don’t have bones then you can just request that the butcher cut up a chicken into 8 pieces and maybe toss in an extra back bone and neck.

What’s a matzo ball you might ask?  In a word, a dumpling.  A dumpling that really absorbs the taste of your broth and is light yet filling, flavorful yet doesn’t overpower whatever veggie lives in your soup bowl.  

NOTE- if you don’t want to make the matzo balls from scratch you can buy a box of matzo ball mix in any grocery store, add oil and eggs and proceed. 

This stock freezes really well so I always make A LOT and keep it around for the next soup.

[SERVES 8]

Ingredients:

Stock:

  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 parts (make sure the butcher gives you the back and neck)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 parsnip
  • 2 stalks of celery ( don’t you wish you could just buy that?)
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns

Matzo Balls (this part of the recipe is straight up stolen from Joan Nathan’s NYT matzo balls because why fix what isn’t broken?):

  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup schmaltz (aka chicken fat)
  • 1 cup matzo meal (or ground matzo)
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley and dill (chopped)
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions:

Soup:

  1. Fill a BIG stock pot with water and add in the carrots, half the dill, half the parsley, onion, celery, parsnip, bay leaf, peppercorns and chicken and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce to a simmer and let it cook slowly for an hour and a half
  3. Chicken should be pretty tender, remove it and put aside
  4. Once the meat is cool enough to handle separate the meat from the bones and throw the bones back into the pot
  5. Put chicken meat in fridge
  6. Simmer for a few hours until it’s a luscious golden color (NOTE-good time to start making your matzo balls)
  7. CAREFULLY strain the liquid into another large pot and discard the soggy sad limp vegetables and bones that are left in the strainer
  8. Salt to taste (you're going to need lots of salt) and serve with the matzo balls, or reheat whenever you want 

Matzo Balls:

  1. In a big ass bowl combine all the matzo ball ingredients
  2. Mix it all together and refrigerate for a few hours, if you’re in a rush, you can also put it in the freezer for a bit 
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a tablespoon or so of salt
  4. Form the balls to be about the size of a vending machine-sized jumbo gum ball (it can be easier to form the matzo balls if your hands are wet) 
  5. Carefully drop them in the water and reduce the heat to a simmer 
  6. Cook for about 30 minutes and then add them to your soup 

When you’re ready to serve, top the soup with some fresh ground pepper and the rest of the dill and parsley.

 

Actually Delicious GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

 
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RECIPE

It took me a long time to create a satisfying gluten free and dairy free cookie that I actually wanted to eat. This. Is. The. One.

The dough will be best if you let it rest in the fridge overnight, so put on your big girl pants and don’t eat the raw cookie dough! It’s worth it! Resting the dough is the only way to get your gluten free cookie to have the height of a regular cookie.

[MAKES 16 COOKIES]

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt 
  3. In a stand mixer, or another bowl if you’re mixerless, cream the honey and coconut oil 
  4. Add almond butter, egg and vanilla 
  5. Carefully mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and mix just until combined
  7. Roll the dough into balls the size of golf balls 
  8. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt 
  9. Bake for 12 minutes or so
     

Crispy Pan Seared White Fish

 
 

RECIPE

This dish is suuuuuper easy. Take all the dry ingredients and put them all in a ziplock bag and give it a shake. Add in the fish and shake it. 

When you cook up your fish make sure to give enough room between the filets so they can properly fry. This is a versatile cooking technique that works for lots of different fish and can lean into different cuisines, depending on the spices you select. The spices outlined below are perfect for serving the fish in a fresh tortilla with a big squeeze of lime.

[SERVES 4]

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound sustainably farmed tilapia
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground onion
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • Grapeseed oil for pan (or whatever high heat oil you have)

Directions:

  1. Place all dry ingredients in ziplock bag
  2. Shake ingredients to combine
  3. Add fish into ziplock and shake the hell out of it (after you zip the bag)
  4. Heat pan over medium-high heat 
  5. Cover bottom of pan with oil (approximately 3-4 tablespoons depending on your pan) 
  6. Once the pan is sizzlin’ hot add in the fish  
  7. Cook until both sides are golden brown (about 3 minutes per side)  

Use this fish for my California Crispy Fish Tacos!