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Figgin Excellent Jam

If you’re looking for a foolproof way to impress your family over Thanksgiving break, this jam is it. Just throw everything in a saucepan and let it cook over low heat for 2 hours while you frolic in...

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Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

Cream pastas pose one of life’s most complicated questions: how does one garner cream’s comfort without creating an excessively rich dish? Eating is less fun when it feels like a cow is settling in...

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Strawberry Jam

After eating four different Thanksgiving dinners (not all on the same day, I’m not that talented), I need to detox with some simple, fresh meals that aren’t packed silly with meat. This strawberry jam...

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Butternut Squash Soup That Will Warm Your Heart

Butternut squash will crawl out of your stomach, dig a hole through your esophagus,  and make its way over to your heart to give it a big hug. That sounds a lot less cute than I thought it would....

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Fancy Shamncy Microwave Mac & Cheese

There’s nothing like a bowl of warm, creamy mac & cheese* to dull the pain of studying. It will cuddle with you and stroke your tummy while whispering: “ssshhhh you’ll still get a job even if you...

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Dorm Cooking: Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken

I have pretty great friends. They’re incredibly annoying and impossibly complicated but great. I often forget that I am so lucky to be surrounded by people who are full of warmth. I forget about all...

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Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

Being a baker is incredibly advantageous throughout the holiday season. Everyone loves getting cookies and they’re a lot cheaper than most presents. I’m absolutely not a baker. My aversion towards...

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Baked Oatmeal

The grey, bare branches (yes, there are trees in NY) bore the freezing air while a smell that reminds me of freshly baked oatmeal cookies wafted through my warm home. Is there a better way to start...

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Waffles with Mama’s Apples

Every year, from age 9 to 13, I had a sleepover birthday party. We’d eat pizza, drink soda, gobble down some ice cream cake, cram even more sugar into our mouths, and then go down into my basement,...

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Wacky Scrambled Eggs

This post scares me. I’m afraid that my scrambled eggs will convince you that I am incredibly unqualified to be making breakfast, much less write about how to make breakfast. I don’t add cream, milk,...

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Oh My God Pork Belly Sandwich

It all began in Chicago. I was stumbling down a street lined with warehouses, weary from lack of lunch when, off in the distance, I spotted a blue sign. It read “Publican Quality Meats.” “I know that...

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Rainy Day Eggs

Janice is posting pictures of herself lying on the beach in Miami while I stare out my window at the buckets of rain smacking the New York concrete. Hm. Not exactly the spring break weather I was...

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Mango Jam

I was rummaging through my freezer, looking for anything to do something with, when I stumbled upon a bag of frozen mango chunks. My first thought: “mango jam!” My second thought: “you’re dumb.” Jam is...

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Ricotta Dumpling Soup

My kitchen at home has a Kitchen Aid mixer, an industrial blender, a cast iron grill, a baguette pan, a Dutch oven, a smaller Dutch oven, an immersion blender, and 500 other wonderful kitchen...

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Asparagus and Tomato Pasta

It isn’t summer until I make my asparagus and tomato pasta. This is dish is one of my absolute favorites because it’s so easy, so light, and so delicious. It’s also so adaptable. Tonight’s version...

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Patatas Bravas

I went to Barcelona with Kristen – one of my best friends – when I was 16. We spent the whole week sitting on patios, drinking Coke from glass bottles, and staring at cute Spanish guys. Today, I would...

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Taco Night

Taco night – if the salty ground beef, flavorless shredded cheese, and boring salsa is left at the store – is one of the most fun and easiest ways to celebrate freshness and flavor. Who doesn’t love...

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“Putanesca” Pasta

The transition from a dorm to an apartment is more dramatic than I’d anticipated (hence the dramatic lighting in this photo). When you move out of your childhood home and into a dorm, you are convinced...

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Cooking Rice In A Pan

  Yes, I’m no longer in a dorm and yes, my apartment’s kitchen probably has more appliances and cookware than the kitchens of most actual adults. But I don’t have a good pot for cooking rice in. All of...

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