Blueberry Pie Bars with Pecan Crumble [RECIPE]

I’ve been eating a lot of blueberries lately. I love how they stain my tongue and teeth and always taste good – even when they’re a bit sour or drooping and wrinkled with overripeness. And while I don’t necessarily believe that I have synesthesia, it’s one of the only foods out there that tastes blue to me. Pure, wholesome, blue. I spent the last week of March … Continue reading Blueberry Pie Bars with Pecan Crumble [RECIPE]

How to cook a pork chop: love, smoke & other musings

Sometimes I like to cook, and sometimes I like to wax poetic about cooking. If you’ve followed me for long enough, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a whirlwind in the kitchen. More often than not, things get a little wacky in my small studio kitchen. I revel in the mistakes, the absurdity and magic of a recipe. A few months back, Nathan and … Continue reading How to cook a pork chop: love, smoke & other musings

Carrot Leek Soup with Thyme & Crispy Bacon [RECIPE]

Last Friday was September 22, the day that my inner spooky gal finally comes out of hiding. Guys, here’s the thing: I love fall. I was born in November. Every birthday party I had as a child was Halloween-themed. I spent almost a decade of my young life convinced I was a witch (I patiently awaited a letter from Hogwarts that never came) and in … Continue reading Carrot Leek Soup with Thyme & Crispy Bacon [RECIPE]

Peach & Basil Pizza with Homemade Balsamic Glaze [RECIPE]

I love this time of year. As summer bleats out its last warm days, broken up by intermittent exclamations of the crisper climate to come, some of the best seasonal produce starts making its way to the Rochester Public Market. As I traipsed through the bustling crowd yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel the magic of fall and its bounty tickling my heels with every … Continue reading Peach & Basil Pizza with Homemade Balsamic Glaze [RECIPE]

The Perfect French Press Recipe (with a twist!)

My father, a man who does not mess around with his morning caffeine fix, used to grind, press and brew his own espresso every morning before heading off for a busy day at the office. As a wild-haired child of two or three, I’d sit on the counter from time to time and act as his assistant, my young nose already keen on the rich, … Continue reading The Perfect French Press Recipe (with a twist!)