Hot Crab Dip

This hot crab dip recipe comes together quickly, and it’s always a big hit with my friends and family! You can bake it in in a pie dish, or use a couple of sourdough bread bowls for a fun, edible presentation. I’ve been eating steamed blue crabs since I was a little kid. While I have almost no patience these days for digging through crabs to pick out those precious little jewels of meat, I’m always looking for new ways to

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is an easy, fast, and flavorful pasta recipe that’s essentially a grown up version of mac and cheese. The name translates to “cheese and pepper,” and it’s one of those simple recipes that packs an amazing punch with only 5 ingredients. I’ll cut right to the chase. When Williams Sonoma recently contacted me about reviewing their new Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized 11-Piece Cookware Set, I didn’t hesitate. For starters, I already own an Anolon copper skillet, and

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Eggplant Lasagna

If you love lasagna but find it too filling (or are trying to cut back on pasta), you need to try this vegetarian eggplant lasagna recipe! Mushrooms add an extra savoriness to the cheesy filling. It’s a great weeknight meal, as well as a good make-ahead option for dinner parties.  I’ll be the first to admit I love a good pasta recipe. This baked butternut squash macaroni and cheese is a personal favorite when fall and winter roll around. But

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Restaurant-Style Broccoli Cheese Soup

This decadent Broccoli Cheese Soup reminds me of the version from Panera Bread, but SO much better! The texture is silkier, and the cheddar flavor shines. I remember first trying broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl years ago at the Renaissance Festival in Maryland. It was comfort food bliss. That may have been the moment when I first truly realized the magic of soup. You can dunk bread in soup whenever, but digging into the hot, soupy center of

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Goat Cheese Mousse with Roasted Blueberries

This Goat Cheese Mousse with Roasted Blueberries is a simple, light and elegant dessert that’s perfect for summer. Only 4 ingredients! Hello from Germany! I prepared and photographed this easy summer dessert just before leaving the United States for our summer vacation. We’ve been having an amazing time abroad. Germany is absolutely gorgeous and I feel so lucky to be visiting (and staying with very generous friends).  

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Grilled Zucchini Salad with Feta and Sweet Croutons

This Grilled Zucchini Salad with Feta and Sweet Croutons offers a perfect balance of flavors and textures.  A few years ago I wrote a post called Salads 101: Everything You Need To Know, which discussed how to create a perfectly balanced salad based around our four main tastes: sweet, salty, bitter and sour. This salad has every one of these taste components and it’s awesome.

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Creamy Avocado Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto

This garlic scape pesto avocado pasta is a healthy, vegetarian dinner the the entire family will love. Have you ever tried cooking with garlic scapes? They’re the beautiful, tentacle-shaped flower stems of the garlic plant and they pack a strong flavor punch. I was a bit thrown off by them at first because they can be tough and fibrous. But a little experimentation was all I needed to become a fan. Garlic scapes are wonderful when sliced thin and sautéed

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Farro Recipe with Cremini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Feta

This Farro Recipe with Cremini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Feta is a healthy and satisfying vegetarian lunch or side dish. I like to think of myself as a selective perfectionist. When it comes to laundry, stacking the dishwasher and all general cleaning/organizational tasks? Not a perfectionist. Budgeting? Time management? Nope nope. But when it comes to my food and my photography, I put way too much pressure on myself. Over time, I’ve learned how stupid this is.

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Asparagus Quiche with Goat Cheese and Chives

This Asparagus Quiche with Goat Cheese and Chives is a great way to celebrate spring! Not only do the flavors pair amazingly well together, but a few decorative pieces of asparagus laid on top make for a beautiful presentation. I recommend serving with soup or a salad!  I want to get on a plane. I want to pack a large bag. I want to open my suitcase and obsess about what goes in it. What will I wear and what shoes

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Grilled Flatbread with Port Onion Jam, Burrata and Apples

Summer means grilling, and grilled flatbreads are always a crowd pleaser! Grilled Flatbread with Port Onion Jam, Burrata Cheese and Apples is an amazing mix of textures and flavors! I still remember my first day of culinary school like it was yesterday. I woke up at 5:30 am, ran around in a complete haze of exhaustion trying to get ready in 20 minutes, grabbed my chef’s uniform and left. I was so bleary eyed that I took Jeff’s keys by

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