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September 10, 2022
by Ashley

Kale and White Bean Soup

Kale And White Bean Soup

3 cans white beans such as Great Northern, cannellini, or navy
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
8 cups chicken broth
1 (3- by 2-inch) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon rosemary
4 chicken sausages, sliced and diced
8 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
1 lb kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped

Cook onions in oil in an 8-quart pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic
and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add beans, broth, cheese rind, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and rosemary and simmer.

Stir carrots, kale and sausage and simmer until the carrots are cooked through. Season soup with salt and pepper

September 1, 2022
by Ashley

Moo Shu Pork


8 oz pork, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp white pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced

1 oz dried, rehydrated wood ear fungus
2 cups green cabbage, cut thin
1 cup carrot, shredded
4 green onions, cut diagonally in slices

3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp oil

1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil

Moo shu pancakes
Hoisin sauce

Rehydrate the wood ear mushrooms by submerging them in hot water for 10 minutes.

Whisk together the sauce ingredients – stock, cornstarch, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.

In a bowl, add the julienned pork with the shaoxing wine, cornstarch, soy sauce, white pepper, garlic and ginger. Toss these together and put into a plastic bag to marinate.

Cut vegetables into thin strips, add all veggies together in a bowl and set aside.

Whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Set aside.

To start cooking:

Set your wok over high heat and heat for 2 – 3 minutes. Add 1 tbsp oil and swirl to coat. Add beaten eggs and cook for 1 minute. Carefully use a spatula to flip the egg and cook another minute. Remove from wok and put onto a plate. Cut into strips and set aside.

In your hot wok, swirl the remaining tbsp of oil and swirl to coat. Cook the pork for 2 – 3 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from wok and set aside. Add all vegetables and stir fry for 8 minutes.

Stir sauce and pour the mixture over the vegetables. Add the pork and eggs back into the wok. Stir for 2 minutes to let the sauce thicken.

Serve with a warm moo shu pancake, spread with hoisin. Add meat and vegetable mixture and top with a few cilantro leaves. Roll up like a burrito.

June 22, 2022
by Ashley

Broccoli Melts

1 small shallot or 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1.5 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
pinch sugar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
10oz frozen broccoli florets
3 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp mayo
1 tsp Sriracha (optional)
2 ciabatta small loaves
4 slices cheddar

Combine shallot, vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine; set aside.

Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add frozen broccoli and season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add ¼ cup water, and cover. Cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and uncover. Add in minced garlic and shallot mixture. Cook, stirring, until vinegar is mostly evaporated, about 15 seconds. Transfer to a bowl.

Optional step – Mix mayonnaise and chili sauce in a small bowl. Taste and add more chili sauce if desired.

Broil ciabatta, cut side up. Remove from oven and spread mayo mixture over. Spoon broccoli mixture on top, going all the way to the edges (don’t be afraid to pile it on). Drape a slice of cheese over (tear in half if needed).

Broil, watching carefully, until cheese is bubbling and browned, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper.

June 15, 2022
by Ashley

Spaghetti Carbonara

2 whole eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup packed Pecorino Romano, grated
1/3 cup packed Parmesan, grated
Coarsely ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
3 1/2 ounces guanciale, pancetta or bacon, sliced into small quarter inch chunks
12 ounces spaghetti

In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks and cheeses. Season with a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper.

Set water to boil the spaghetti with 2 tsp salt.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat the oil, add the guanciale and sauté until the fat just renders, on the edge of crispness but not hard. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add pasta to the water and boil until a bit firmer than al dente. Just before pasta is ready, reheat guanciale in skillet. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain pasta and add to the skillet over a low heat. Stir for a minute or so. Turn off the heat.

Add in the hot pasta into the sauté pan and stir in

June 8, 2022
by Ashley

Lentils & Rice with Crispy Onions (Mujadara)

  • 1 cup green lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup basmati rice, soaked in water for 15 minutes and then drained
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, cut in half and then in very thin rings


  • Place the lentils in a small saucepan with 2 cups of the water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat and simmer, cover until the lentils are par-boiled (10-12 minutes). Remove from the heat, drain the lentils and set them aside.
  • In a large saute pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and cook until the onions are dark golden brown, darker than typical caramelized onions (about 40 minutes), sprinkle the onions with a teaspoon of salt as they cook.
  • Carefully pour the remaining 2 cups of water, bring the water to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir the rice and par-cooked lentils into the onion mixture. Add a good dash of kosher salt, black pepper, and the cumin.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice and lentils are both cooked through (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  • If you are adding the the fried onions, work on them while the rice and lentils are cooking. In a large skillet, heat about 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. When a small piece of onion bubbles vigorously, the oil is ready. Fry the onions in batches until they are crispy and deeply golden brown. Transfer the crispy onion rings to a paper towel-lined plate to get rid of excess oil.

May 11, 2022
by Ashley

Beef Bourguignon


1 tbsp olive oil
8 ounces bacon, diced
2 1/2lbs chuck beef cut into 1 inch cubes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb carrots, sliced diagonally into 1 inch chunks
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 tsp garlic, chopped
1/2 cup Cognac or Brandy
1 (750ml) bottle good dry red wine (Cote du Rhône)
2 cups beef broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
4 tbsp butter, divided
3 tbsp all purpose flour (or cornstarch if gluten free)
1 lb frozen whole small onions
1 lb fresh mushrooms stems discarded, caps thickly sliced

1/2 cup fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven. Cook the bacon over medium heat until fully cooked and crispy, stirring occasionally. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.

Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and salt & pepper them. Sear the beef in batches browning on all sides. Remove seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue until all is browned. Set aside.

Add in the carrots, onions, 1 tbsp salt and 2 tsp pepper into the fat in the pan and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the Cognac, stand back and set on fire to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add in the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and place in the oven for 75 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.

Combine 2 tbsp of butter and flour with a fork. Stir the mixture into the stew. Add in the small onions.

In a separate pan, sauté the mushrooms in 2 tbsp butter for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the mushrooms to the stew.

Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove and then lower the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.

Sprinkle with parsley.

May 4, 2022
by Ashley

Peanut Noodles

We love to make these noodles and let them sit over night for an easy lunch.


4 bundles dry egg noodles

2 tbsp sesame oil
4 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp Chinese sesame paste
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp Sambal Oelek
2 small cucumbers, cut into sticks
4 medium carrots, cut into sticks
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. They should retain a hint of chewiness. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain again and toss with a splash of sesame oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sesame oil through the Sambal. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss. Add in the carrots, cucumbers and peanuts.

March 7, 2022
by Ashley

Ricotta Brûlée


1 cup ricotta cheese (whole-milk)
1 tsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sugar

Mix all of these ingredients together and split between ricotta mixture between two to four ramekins. Sprinkle granulated sugar over the top and brûlée with a torch. Serve by themselves or with fresh berries.

January 11, 2022
by Ashley

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

This cake was great and super easy for the kids to make.


4 tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp granulated white sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp half & half
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp granulated white sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

In a large microwave safe mug, mix the cake ingredients from flour through vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

In a small pinch bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.

Use a spoon to lift half of the cake batter out of the mug and sprinkle half of the sugar mixture over the cake. Top with the remaining spoonful of batter and pour of the rest of the sugar mixture over it.

Microwave cake at full power 1 minute – 1 1/2 minutes. Check to make sure you don’t cook it too long. Make one cake at a time and eat immediately. These don’t keep too long and will dry out.

October 1, 2021
by Ashley

Chicken Piccata

8 skinless chicken tenders
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or red onion
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp drained capers
3 tbsp fresh parsley

Pound the chicken tenders until about 1/2 inch thick. Place 1 tbsp flour in a small bowl and place the rest into a small shallow dish. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour in the shallow dish and shake off excess.

Melt 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken to the pan and sauté 4 minutes on each side until done. remove chicken from the pan and keep warm.

Heat remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the shallots. About 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add wine, bring to a boil, scrap pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until liquid almost evaporates. Add 1/4 cup broth to 1 tsp flour; stir until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth to pan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced in half, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour mixture; cook 1 minute or until thick. Remove from heat, stir in remaining 1 1/2 butter, juice and capers. Place 2 chicken tenders per plate with 2 tbsp sauce. Sprinkle with parsley.