The 5-Minute Brownie

I’m not a baker. Baking is much too technical for me. The minute “rules” and measurements are applied, the less likely I am to follow them. But as a special treat to my sister on her birthday, I’ve decided to actually take notes and measure, and in doing so, launch and unveil my “5-minute” dessert…

Spicy Roasted Cabbage

Ever stood in the produce section of the grocery store and wondered what you’re going to make for a side dish to your meal? This happens to me all the time. As much as I love my Roasted Cauliflower, sweet potatoes, or Sriracha Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, sometimes I feel like trying something a little…

Maple Roasted Bar Nuts

One of my favorite weekly rituals (and I warn you, I have many), is to come home on a Monday after work and make a tray of these roasted nuts. I’ll pour a glass of wine when they’re done and then go sit and watch the news or read a magazine. To me, it’s the…

Sriracha Soy Salmon

When you’ve been together a long time, there comes that inevitable need and desire to stir things up a bit.   Sriracha and I have been together many years now, and while things are still hot, I figure it’s time to mix things up — or rather, mix it up with different things.   Enter…

Lemon Roasted Chicken with Confetti Potatoes

If you’re intimated just by the thought of roasting a whole chicken, I urge you to continue reading. This will be the easiest, no-hassle meal you’ll ever make and it will go a long way. The best part is that this little bird only costs $10 and you can stretch it all week long. Are…

Lime Quinoa with Grilled Shrimp & Summer Squash

I’m a huge fan of salads that can be served hot or cold. To me, it’s the kind of food that’s ideal for entertaining — there’s no fuss or hectic rush and nothing’s more effortless than placing a gorgeous salad on the table on your own time. This lime quinoa salad with spicy grilled shrimp…

Banana Ice Cream

When I’m not working, mingling at my local watering hole or stumbling upon hidden nooks of New York City, I’m in my kitchen churning out one-ingredient ice cream without a machine. Because why have just a banana when you can have banana ice cream? Here’s what you’ll need to make about 5-6 servings: 4 ripe…

Thai Shrimp Salad

This is the kind of dish that makes me want to invite friends over for a casual summer lunch at some big long wooden table outside ― Maine comes to mind ― and adorn it with glasses of rosé. This salad is light, refreshing and is perfectly balanced with the right amount of heat and…

Balsamic Steak & Mushrooms with Sauce Verte

I visited a friend on Long Island a few summers back and can still recall the bustling Friday night scene sitting at the bar of a popular neighborhood restaurant tucked just outside the village. We ordered some wine, chatted with our neighbors and then the hanger steak arrived. What made it so memorable? Perhaps the…

The Sauce Verte

I had to call this the sauce verte as it’s one of my most favorite recipes that I’ve conjured up like a mad scientist in my small kitchen. It’s a green sauce that adds a flavorful punch on top of a steak or any kind of meat or poultry. It’s a burst of freshness and…

Caprese Chicken Milanese

In a perfect world, I’d be cooking this dish from a Tuscan villa perched high on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, using ingredients found at specialty shops or open air markets with a gorgeous Italian guy by the name of Lorenzo or something waltzing in with a crate of wine from a nearby vineyard and…

Shaved Asparagus Salad

I read somewhere once that salads are all about texture. If that’s the case, then this one has it all: the crunch from the raw asparagus, the juiciness from the tomatoes and the salty smoothness of the ricotta salata. Hungry yet? Here’s what you’ll need for my Shaved Asparagus Salad that’s dressed with my Lemon…