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

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

Road Trip Alaska—Tackling Anchorage in a Pickup

We woke up early in Anchorage and went to pick up our rental—a pickup truck. Katie is truck-obsessed, but they are normally one of the most expensive types of car that you can rent. Only in Alaska would they be the cheapest option—and only in Alaska did we feel it was absolutely nonnegotiable. The guy … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Tackling Anchorage in a Pickup

Graduate School is my Anti-Kitchen

I knew that going back to graduate school would be a wild ride. I graduated college in 2009 and left my ability to cite scholarly research articles or study for a midterm behind with my days of drinking kegs of Keystone light and sleeping until 2pm. College was an oh-so glorious, slightly destructive, ride-or-die kind … Continue reading Graduate School is my Anti-Kitchen

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

Finding my Freedom on the California Coast

The last time we drove the California coast, we were headed north on our 5-week trip and we trekked from LA to Napa with only a single night stopover. It was incredible, but there wasn’t enough time to really absorb it like we had wanted to. We have a music festival in San Diego at … Continue reading Finding my Freedom on the California Coast