Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Dill Yogurt Dip

*Breathe in* --this is a critical “1st step” after getting up in the morning, in advance of facing an outside world that is still as chaotic and intense as it was yesterday (when that fails, there are 3 liquor stores within a 3 minute sprint of this apartment). The country is still in a state … Continue reading Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Dill Yogurt Dip

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Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Honey Parmesan Croutons

Just when I thought graduate school had hit its ultimate peak of mania, I had one of “those weeks”. I can’t tell you exactly what my week consisted of. In a blurred tizzy of studying for my first in-class midterm since I was 20 (I’m a research paper girl), an exceptionally chaotic few days at … Continue reading Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Honey Parmesan Croutons

Lamb & Mint Meatballs with Greek Yogurt Dip and Sweet Potato Chips

I probably write about my graduate school mania too frequently. But for those of you out there who are considering the self-destructing journey of getting a degree while working a full-time job, let me tell you this—it takes grit. When I’m sitting on my living room floor on a pile of course  syllabuses, crying like … Continue reading Lamb & Mint Meatballs with Greek Yogurt Dip and Sweet Potato Chips

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Coming back to the city after an awesome episode of traveling is always an adjustment. I came back from mild and breezy Iceland earlier this summer and stepped right into the searing heat of New York City. Despite the humid and claustrophobic subway platforms and the distinctive sidewalk scent of garbage day in July, there … Continue reading Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Dry-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Port Pomegranate Reduction

Being out of class for the summer has been extraordinary. I feel like I just emerged from a thick layer of endless fog that I had been blindly flailing inside of for the past few months. I remembered that I had actual friends. I remembered what it felt like to be free to make plans … Continue reading Dry-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Port Pomegranate Reduction

Sweet & Spicy Tofu with Coconut Rice

I am one of those strange beings who voluntarily orders tofu at restaurants even though I am not a vegetarian. My girlfriend jokes that I have a natural inclination towards healthy food and that she hates me for it. I chase her down the hallway, shoving sloshing cold-pressed green juices in her face with feverish … Continue reading Sweet & Spicy Tofu with Coconut Rice

Reviving the Forgotten Freezer Meat

It’s felt like a long time since I posted a recipe. My day-to-day life has gone through some changes throughout the summer, and my cooking briefly transformed into a thought-free, just-get-the-food-onto-the-plate procedure. This was unfortunate, since the serenity of my “kitchen time” is one of my happiest places. Changes in my schedule have thrown me … Continue reading Reviving the Forgotten Freezer Meat

Grilled Cheese for “Grown-ups”

I don’t understand people who don’t love cheese. I like cheese shops more than I like shopping malls. So many options, so many opportunities to combine them with wine (crucial point here), and samples—so many samples. I could feed myself feasible for several days by stalking sample-giving cheese counters in NYC. I shouldn’t, but I … Continue reading Grilled Cheese for “Grown-ups”

Blood Orange Bliss

Many of my favorite dinner adventures start with a single ingredient. Sometimes it’s one that I know and cook with often (lemon, garlic, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar), and sometimes it’s completely random and obscure. In fact, sometimes there is virtually no planning at all until I actually walk into Fairway with the intention of purchasing … Continue reading Blood Orange Bliss