Sweet & spicy shrimp with soba noodles

I discovered what a great ingredient soba noodles were this past summer, when the temps hit the 90s here in Boston for several days in a row. Cooking a hot meal was just not an option, and sometimes salads get boring. Enter cold soba noodles: they can be boiled, cooled and then tossed with an easy dressing and some crisp veggies that just barely wilt, … Continue reading Sweet & spicy shrimp with soba noodles

Slow roasted tomato & garlic spaghetti

I make garlic spaghetti, or spaghetti aglio e olio, at least once a week. It’s the perfect go-to weeknight dish, because it’s fast, comforting, and can be as healthy (or not) as you want to make it, depending on your mood (or more often, what’s in the fridge). I have plenty of variations: sometimes with shrimp and a little white wine, often with asparagus or peas, … Continue reading Slow roasted tomato & garlic spaghetti

Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese

Originally published on culturebitch.com, May 12th, 2010 This winter I got really into making mac & cheese from scratch. I’ve tried a few different recipes from various cookbooks, and some are OK, some just mediocre, but the best one yet is in Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Cooking, upon which this recipe is based. One weekend as I was craving this dish, I happened … Continue reading Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese

Sara’s Swedish Meatballs

This recipe came about because I wanted a healthier version of most Swedish meatball recipes I was coming across. Instead of frying them in butter, I bake them (which has the added benefit of being easier, too). I used skim milk throughout (instead of the HEAVY cream most recipes call for), though you could certainly use 2% or whole milk if you prefer, which would … Continue reading Sara’s Swedish Meatballs

Julia vs. Tony

Originally published on CultureBitch, October 2009 Like most foodies (which in my definition simply means anyone who loves and appreciates a truly well-cooked meal), I owe a lot to Julia Child. She was an inspiration to many, and continued to entertain, enlighten and encourage many a home cook well into her 80s as she cooked her way through classics and updated dishes alike. Her autobiography, … Continue reading Julia vs. Tony