Recipes

Braised Fennel & White Beans

What a delicious side to meat or standalone vegetarian dish! I made this to go alongside my brined pork chops in citrus sauce, which I shared last week, and then ate the leftovers as a light lunch all weekend. Lucky me that a co-worker was looking to get rid of fennel from their farm share, and… Continue reading Braised Fennel & White Beans

Recipes · Tips and Tricks

Pork in Citrus Sauce (plus, a tutorial on brining meat)

Here is the how-to on brining that I promised a couple posts back. It’s very easy! And it makes cooking potentially tough meats impossible to screw up. I’ve never had dry pork chops since learning to brine before cooking.  I used to do this a lot back when we’d have dinner parties and I was a… Continue reading Pork in Citrus Sauce (plus, a tutorial on brining meat)

Beauty & Fashion · Tips and Tricks

Stop Melting Makeup (and get back to enjoying summer)

This is random, but it’s 90 today and it’s so stressful if you need to get dressed up for a baby shower, wedding, birthday party or — you know — WORK, in this kind of humidity. I don’t know what I’d do without these two items on days like this, one pretty cheapie and one… Continue reading Stop Melting Makeup (and get back to enjoying summer)

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I made Caesar Salad the night before, and it came out OK!

I also made a new version of my usual Caesar dressing that added mayo and omitted anchovies, which is even further outside my comfort zone than potentially soggy salad — but I digress before I’ve even begun. Last night, Mark and a few other Boston-based artists were performing at an outdoor concert sponsored by the local Chamber… Continue reading I made Caesar Salad the night before, and it came out OK!

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Creamy Boursin Shells & Peas

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. We sure did (even though it was in the 90s and our old house barely has any AC!) Georgia and I kept cool with squirt guns, blowing bubbles in the shade, and taking our first boat ride on my dad’s paddle boat in New Hampshire. Thanks to… Continue reading Creamy Boursin Shells & Peas

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Georgia and Daddy Sing Show Tunes

This isn’t food related at all, except for the fact that Georgia is eating bread (so what else is new) throughout the entire video. The other night Mark started singing one of his go-to audition songs in preparation for a concert he had this week, and a little voice chimed in from the other room!… Continue reading Georgia and Daddy Sing Show Tunes

Holidays · Slow Cooker · Tips and Tricks

Waste Not: tips for using up BBQ leftovers

I hate food waste. Mark (half-jokingly) says I’d eat around mold on leftovers rather than throw something out. He’s almost right! So parties can be my worst nightmare. I always buy enough food that there’s plenty of extra — I am part Italian, after all — but the next day that stresses me out, big-time.… Continue reading Waste Not: tips for using up BBQ leftovers