Roasted Grape + Goat Cheese Flatbread

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I have a terrible habit of never leaving good enough alone. I always want more. I get greedy.  One of these days I’ll finally learn that some things – like, say, coding a blog – are best left to professionals. I was tinkering around with the site the other day, and I messed things up pretty badly.  Like, I couldn’t access my log in page. And then I attempted to fix it myself and all hell broke loose. After a few late nights, a LOT of coffee, and several long chats with tech support, and a considerable amount of freaking out, everything seems to be back up and running properly. (If you notice something isn’t working right, please let me know!)

Prosciutto and Artichoke Quiche

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The best pizza I’ve ever had was at a little neighborhood restaurant in Paris. It was the kind of place where, rather than letting me order a second glass of wine to meet the credit card minimum, they trusted me to go to the ATM across the street and come back to pay. The pizza, which I later learned is called Pizza Quattro Stagioni (or Four Seasons Pizza), was topped with salty prosciutto, earthy mushrooms, delicate artichoke hearts, and briny kalamata olives.

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto



The days are getting warmer and the sun is setting later – before you know it, soup season will be over! While I’ve had my fill of creamy chowders and stews, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to soup yet.

Luckily, this spring vegetable soup with pesto is perfect for the warmer weather. It’s light and brothy, with tons of fresh vegetable (like zucchini and green beans) that finally seem right again.

Braised Eggplant with Ground Lamb

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I’m so excited to finally share this braised eggplant with ground lamb with you all – I made it almost a whole month ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

The recipe came out of a craving for eggplant… for days, all I wanted was eggplant that was cooked until it was so tender that it collapsed in on itself. I had no idea what I wanted the rest of the meal to be, but once I got the image of that eggplant in my head I just couldn’t shake it. The end result – tender, braised eggplant and tomatoes cooked with richly spiced lamb and topped with cool yogurt sauce and tangy cucumbers – ended up being perfect and is one of my favorite meals of 2012.

Lemon Chicken Soup with Tortellini

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas and that Santa brought you everything you wanted! I got a gorgeous new camera bag and an induction burner (so I can boil water at lightening speed just like Kelly Ripa!) and I couldn’t be happier. Anyway, I don’t know about you but I definitely are more than […]

Seafood Chowder in Bread Bowls

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Soup weather is officially here and I couldn’t be happier! There’s not much that’ better than warm soup eaten out of a bread bowl, is there?

This seafood chowder was inspired by one that I had a few week ago at The Original Soup Man; I love how thick and rich it was and couldn’t get enough of the sweet bay scallops. I drank every last drop and left with plans to recreate it at home ASAP!