Roasted Smashed Sweet Potatoes

I get asked a lot for side dish ideas. Sure, you may have your main protein in mind, but sometimes it becomes difficult to pair up other smaller dishes to complete your meal. That’s why it’s important to have staples — in other words, your go-to side dishes that work well with just about anything. I make sweet potatoes…

BLOG | Dinner: How to Fall in Love

I remember the first time a guy ever cooked for me. I remember the music, the hor d’oeuvres (yes, he actually put out snacks before the meal), and I remember the way the table was transformed from its everyday look to something more special: covered with newspaper. Lobster accouterments like crackers and small forks were casually…

BLOG | 5 Tips for Entertaining, Even in Small Spaces

It’s no secret: I love to entertain. I love everything from choosing a platter for serving snacks to crafting clever invitations. When a friend of mine contacted me for some cooking and entertaining advice. The conversation went more or less something like this: “Rebecca, I had some drinks last night*. And I think I told him**…

French Onion Soup

I rarely ever have butter on hand. It’s odd, I know. Julia Child would not be impressed. So when I set out to create a proper French onion soup, I thought there’s no way I could get away making it without butter. But I did. In part because I like a challenge. And, in larger…

Mediterranean Chicken

The scene: You, in your kitchen, wondering what to do with the chicken you just bought. I get a lot of calls from friends and family in dinner distress. Chicken is usually the culprit, too. So the next time you’re feeling flustered over how to make chicken more flavorful, make this no-fail Mediterranean dish. This…

BLOG | How to Overcome Hunger and Other Difficulties

I usually only call home when I have either really bad news or really good news to share. It’s true, I’m pretty incapable of making small talk or calling someone up just because. And so when I do call home, it’s usually because I need advice, or am having a breakdown of quarter-life sorts, or both….

BLOG | 5 Tips for Easy Dinner Parties

One of my most favorite things to do is to make dinner for friends and family. I love hearing the commentary and conversation that develop when you set food on the table. And then there’s that perfect moment when the chairs are pushed in and everyone raises their glass to cheers one another. It signifies the…

BLOG | Summer Snacks

Wondering what to serve before any meal can be stressful. Do people like seafood? Are they allergic to nuts? Will they want chips with guacamole, or just chips and salsa? Or both? And what if it’s summer and it’s hot outside and people don’t want cooked appetizers? Relax. That’s a word I throw around a lot…

BLOG | A Post-July 4th Lunch

I’m sure by now you’re recovering from your July 4th cookout feast. The grill is on the lawn, the fridge is stocked with leftover burgers wrapped in foil, and there are a few stray bottle caps from beers gone by that litter the countertops. And after the fireworks, the parades and the endless waving of…

BLOG | The Beginning

It’s only natural that Fieldhouse Kitchen’s very first blog post starts where it all began: Maine. Returning to Maine from New York City, even if only for a weekend, is a welcome escape. I remember the feeling I felt a few weeks ago when the plane made its final approach toward the Portland airport. You know…

Maple Dijon Salmon

You know that feeling when you get home from work and really don’t feel like doing anything? You know, the kind of slump where even ordering takeout sounds like a hassle, and you really just can’t be bothered? Come, my friend, to Fieldhouse Kitchen. Because even though you don’t feel like doing anything, doesn’t mean…

Seared Pork Chops with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

You know that feeling when you buy a piece of meat or fish and then you walk home in terror and fear that you’ll end up dramatically undercooking it and die alone in your apartment? This is often the feeling I’m overcome with whenever I buy pork. Isn’t that odd? I have complete confidence when…