Peach & Prosciutto Salad

I never liked peaches until I had one freshly picked from a tree at the height of summer and hand delivered to me in a basket from one of my good friends. It was love at first bite. I was ruined for all other peaches and I knew it. While I have yet to experience…

Balsamic & Honey Glaze

Every now and then I enjoy dressing up a dish with this simple glaze. This balsamic and honey reduction is both sweet and savory. I drizzle it over chicken dishes, salads, and even cheeses (think burrata). I love cooking with balsamic vinegar because it’s rich in flavor and inexpensive (you can however splurge on pricey…

The BBC

Once upon a time, there was a small Caribbean-themed seafood shack named Cyril’s on the side of a long stretch of highway connecting the Hampton villages with the ‘end of the world’ (Montauk). It was a no-frills bar with plastic furniture and direct views of the LIRR train that would rumble past. It was a…

BLOG | Stopping By Woods On a Snowy New Year’s Eve

It was an idea that began in the first few months of 2016 — or more precisely, if I’m being entirely honest, it came to me on New Year’s Eve of 2015. I was alone in my apartment (yes, very much like Bridget Jones), and while I dreaded the idea of making a fuss out of the last…

BLOG | Have Yourself a Merry Little Brunch

The holidays are a hectic time. If you live in New York, they can be dizzying, and even maddening. Each year though, I vow to savor them, and not just admire those glittery strings of white lights in passing on my commute home from work. Even parties this time of year seem stressful, which is…

BLOG | How to Host a Harvest

“Don’t you just love New York in the fall?” The rhythm of the city settles back into its routine of the weekday grind. Restaurant tables once vacated during slow summer weekends resume their weekend brunch rituals, becoming cluttered with bloody marys and sparkling mimosas. Football games take over the TV screens at local bars, where loyal…

BLOG | Those Three Words

Before I moved to New York City, I was enamored with Nora Ephron’s view of the Upper West Side, as seen through the eyes of her blindly optimistic, wide-eyed heroine Kathleen Kelly in “You’ve Got Mail.” I was equally enchanted by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s account of the city seen for the first time through the…

BLOG | In the City of Blinding Love

What an unexpected affair. Has it really been five years? Five years of unlikely triumphs, unpredicted hurdles, and endless surprises. I’ll admit, you still have my attention. I’m still intrigued, and I’m still in love. These past five years, I have met some incredible people, have fallen in and out of love, jobs, and friendships…

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…

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…

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…

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…