Category Inspiration

Basic Artisan Bread

Don’t stop reading: This bread has 4 ingredients, takes roughly 24 hours from start to finish – with about 15 minutes of actual work. And the results will blow your mind. Step-by-step instructions for the easiest, best home-baked bread ever. Basically, you could easily do this every day and have home-baked bread with dinner every […]

How to Make Chowder

This post invites you to experiment – it is a blueprint and a technique, not a rigid recipe that must be followed. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand, or whatever you like.

Pesto with Penne, Roasted Asparagus and Grilled Chicken

Finally, the Pesto Pasta of My Dreams Assembling this pasta has four steps, all of which are super easy.

Penne Alla Vodka

Another beloved Italian-American Classic, this basic dish will rival anything you might get at your local red-and-white checkered tablecloth joint and comes together in about 30 minutes.

New England Yankee Pot Roast

Yankee Cooking At Its Best This New England Classic is easy to make, but does require a long braise. The active cooking time is probably an hour or less. It is even better the second day.

Panko Macadamia Nut-Crusted Fish Filets

This quick fish recipe comes together in 30 minutes and won’t leave your kitchen smelling like fish or fish stuck to you pan. Serve with homemade tartar sauce, lemon wedges and a few slices of ripe avocado.

Beef Chili II

This hearty beef chili follows the same method as most other soups and stews and can be done in the oven in 4 hours or in a slow cooker over 4-8 hours. It is an updated version with a little less heat (the previous version had a whole can of chilis in Adobo!) and a […]

Midnight Shrimp Scampi

Tiger Prawns, Sambal, Lime, Cilantro, Garlic Butter Sauce I call this “Midnight” Shrimp Scampi because it comes together in 10 minutes, is light enough for a late night snack, and filling enough to call dinner. Garlic, butter, Indonesian hot sauce and lime create the perfect balance.

Ragù Bolognese

Step aside Marinara Meat Sauce, Ragù Bolognese is without doubt the Queen of Italian sauces. This stick to your ribs pasta will warm your heart and soul any time of year. So yeah, this takes 4-5 hours to make, but the good news is that using the oven-braise technique means that you don’t have to […]

Your Fall Cooking Bucket List Has Arrived: 10 Recipes to Warm Your Heart and Soul

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Here’s to soups and stews and savory, soul-warming food.