All posts filed under: in the kitchen

tips & tricks // the perfect sunday morning

It might be Tuesday, but I am already thinking of Sunday.  I know, Sunday marks the end of the weekend, but Sunday morning is that quiet time when you can truly relax. Forget errands and late night plans, Sunday is my time for lounging and truly taking a moment. Who cares if I stay in my pj’s until noon? Give me the NYTimes, a cup of green tea, an easy breakfast, and I’m a happy girl. Here is how I am setting the table and whipping up an easy breakfast that is high on relax time and low on kitchen time. On the table // Last week I was out having dinner with friends at a little place in the East Village. They were using old newspaper sections as the placemats, so of course my mind went straight to Sunday brunch. Why not take sections and set them as the placemats for your weekend table? They are the perfect size! You can adjust the sections to match your guests interests and it can be a fun way …

in the kitchen // a little brown butter

Growing up, I was a butter and noodle kind of girl. Forget the sauce, I just wanted butter. Fast-forward about 30 years, and I still love the simplicity of a butter sauce. Only this time I am stepping it up a notch and taking butter to a new toasty, nutty, all grown up kind of level. All you need is a package of ravioli (I always have a couple different types in the freezer), some butter, a little cheese, and you are in business. Keep this one on deck for last minute dinner guests or if you are like me, a cozy dinner alone watching House of Cards (obsessed!). What you need:          1/2 cup butter 2 sprigs of rosemary ground black pepper 2 tablespoons grated or shredded Pecorino Romano and/or Parmesan cheese In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until butter is lightly browned, stirring occasionally and skimming foam as necessary. Remove from heat. Stir in herb(s) and pepper. Drizzle sauce over cooked ravioli. …

In the kitchen // next level garlic bread

I love a good cooking class! A few months back I finally made my way over to Brooklyn to join in on a Sunday Suppers class and dinner. I went by myself, just enjoyed the evening and learned a few new tricks along the way. This is by far one of my favorite garlic bread recipes EVER. The presentation alone is the perfect addition to the dinner table. Get ready to add this to your menu rotation. The Recipe Ingredients 8 Tbs. (1 stick) (4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 Tbs. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 loaf rustic country bread or sourdough 5 to 7 fresh thyme sprigs 2 fresh rosemary sprigs Directions Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C). In a small bowl, stir together the butter, olive oil and garlic, mashing the ingredients together until combined. Place the bread on cutting board. Using a serrated knife, slice the bread into thick slices without cutting completely through the loaf and leaving the slices attached on the bottom. Using a butter …