brussels sprouts risotto

Plenty More is one of the seven (yes, seven!) beloved Ottolenghi cookbooks that grace my kitchen. This one is vegetable-centric with a lot of fantastic recipes. I was reading it recently for inspiration and realized I had everything to make this dish, in particular, some homemade stock languishing in my fridge. I supposed I couldContinue reading “brussels sprouts risotto”

chicken and sausage gumbo filé

One of my favorite family traditions is going to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest), which celebrates the indigenous melting pot of music and culture from the region. The annual Jazz Fest incorporates all types of music, including Blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass, andContinue reading “chicken and sausage gumbo filé”

sweet potato cake with salted cream cheese frosting

I can’t take credit for this cake recipe, but I had a lot of fun decorating it with an absurd number of edible flowers. I asked my brother to pick up some edible flowers (his idea of “some” and my idea of “some” are disparate) so I ended up with five packages of flowers! MyContinue reading “sweet potato cake with salted cream cheese frosting”

one-pan plums and sausage

I love the concept of one-pan dinners. One of my favorite dinners is more of a guideline than a recipe. Coat some vegetables with olive oil and spices, throw on a large baking sheet, and top with a protein. A couple weeks ago, my brother hosted me for dinner and made Sticky sweet-and-sour plums and sausages.Continue reading “one-pan plums and sausage”

soft date and oat bars

A date, a peanut, and an oat sit down and order a drink. The bartender says, “what do you think this is, a granola bar? “ Recently I read Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food by Rachel Herz. You can imagine why the title piqued my interest. IContinue reading “soft date and oat bars”

reese’s pb cups (sugar free)

A couple of times a year, I break-up with sugar. It’s a nice reset that lasts 30 days. The first week is the hardest and then it gets progressively easier each week. My sleep quality improves, my energy is high, and my skin looks amazing.  I love super dark chocolate (85% or higher) so I getContinue reading “reese’s pb cups (sugar free)”

chicken musakhan

My love of all things Ottolenghi knows no bounds, so I was thrilled when my brother gifted me with Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley. Alongside Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi is the co-author of two bestselling cookbooks, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Jerusalem: A Cookbook. Both books are well loved and used inContinue reading “chicken musakhan”

skillet tomato chicken

‘Tis the season for tomatoes, and I am eating heirloom tomato salads and BLTs on repeat. Summer will be over before you know it, so take advantage of the produce now!  The origin of this simple, 45-minute, and 1-skillet recipe is a braised chicken dish made with canned, crushed tomatoes. With an abundance of cherryContinue reading “skillet tomato chicken”