Cozy Fall Meals

15th September 2014

Suddenly its fall and there is no turning back. I can’t believe how quickly the season changed this year. I’m quickly preparing myself for chilly mornings, cozy fires and Sunday night dinner parties.

My list of must-make recipes is endless this year, but I’m focused on trying to cook with as many local ingredients as possible. This summer we had our own garden at the house, and while it didn’t produce enough to feed all of us for the entire season, it did give me a few found respect for gardening. I’m counting the days until our brussel sprouts and cauliflower are ready!

Pesto Squash Noodles with Spaghetti and Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Pesto Squash Noodles with Spaghetti and Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Beef Stew with Parmesan Dumplings

Beef Stew with Parmesan Dumplings

Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken

Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken

Spicy Greens and Creamy Parmesan Bean Stew

Spicy Greens and Creamy Parmesan Bean Stew

Kale, Chickpea and Chicken Soup with Rosemary Croutons

Kale, Chickpea and Chicken Soup with Rosemary Croutons

Cannellini with Shredded Brussel Sprouts and Sausage

Cannellini with Shredded Brussel Sprouts and Sausage

Summer Reading List

2nd July 2014

There is nothing better than the beach and a good book! Where do I start?

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The Vacationers, Emma Straub: a family and their closest friends take a two-week vacation to Mallorca. Adventures, secrets, love, food and more.

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City of Lost Dreams, Magnus Flyte: I was completely entranced by The City of Dark Magic when I read it last summer. This follow-up is sure to be filled with all the same suspense, danger, time-travel and romance.

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A Hundred Summers, Beatriz Williams: Everyone friend I asked recommended this book. Apparently if you liked Rules of Civility, you will love this.

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The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt: I fell in love with Donna Tartt after reading The Secret History almost a decade ago. I hear this book is long, dark, and the end anticlimactic, but I’m going to read it anyway.

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The Matchmaker, Elin Hilderbrand: beach reading at its finest. I’m a sucker for Nantucket and Elin Hilderbrand, what can I say?

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What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty: a woman wakes up one day and her entire life has passed. Sounds absolutely terrifying, and I can’t wait to read it.

 

The Best Burgers Around

10th June 2014

Grilling season may be upon us (finally!), but I’m a fan of a burger all year around. Seriously, though, who isn’t?

I asked around the past couple of weeks: what’s your favorite burger of all time? I got a great variety of responses, and have since created this list of the top destinations (in no particular order).

Umami Burger – all around amazing, but the bun really sets this one apart from the rest. Umami has locations all over LA, with new locations in Miami, San Francisco and New York. Try the pickles while you’re there, too.

Umami Burger

Umami Burger

J.G. Melon’s – it’s a New York City institution. Enough said. Bring cash, they don’t take credit cards.

The Spotted Pig – this ranks top on my list for atmosphere. It’s a great place to hang on Sunday afternoon and have cocktails. I love my burger with blue cheese. The rosemary french fries are also to die for. Really, though, the entire menu is great.

The Spotted Pig

The Spotted Pig

In-and-Out – no trip to California would be complete without a stop at In-and-Out. I’m a fan of the classic cheeseburger, but I know people go nuts for the secret menu.

Shake Shack – there is a reason people stalk the video cam to see how long the line is at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It’s worth the wait.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack

Barney’s Burgers at the Brentwood Country Mart – I stumbled upon this place a few years ago. Since then I’ve sent a bunch of friends and it’s been a resounding hit! If you’re in the area, it’s worth the stop.

Wayfare Tavern – this San Francisco spot is well known for its fried chicken, but I think the burger is the best thing on the menu. Be sure to order it with bacon.

Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare Tavern

The 21 Club – another New York City institution. It’s formal (men need to wear a blazer in the bar), but it’s worth it.

Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien – when I first moved to New York I would venture in here at least once a week. The entrance is tucked behind curtains in the lobby with a simple neon sign of a burger above the door.

The Burger Joint

The Burger Joint