Thai Basil Beef with Beet Salad & Red Veined Sorrel

July to November—that’s how long I’ll go without traveling. My estimate doesn’t include ad hoc family trips or one weekend escape to Fire Island, but my tolerance for staying put has never been good. My current level of “stir crazy” is reaching a precipitous peak and the cyclical routine of my days is palpable. South … Continue reading Thai Basil Beef with Beet Salad & Red Veined Sorrel

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Southwest Summer Road Trip—Small Town Fireworks in Utah

Ahhhhhh…back on the road. It’s just like coming home. This trip was somewhat of an afterthought once we had secured dates for our bigger excursions in the spring and fall. I wasn’t sure I could go a year before coming back to the Southwest. July is far from an “ideal” time to visit Arizona, Utah, … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Small Town Fireworks in Utah

Sweet Summer Squash Fritters

My commitment to blogging has waned in recent months. I’d like to pretend that my pervasive laziness is due to an exceptionally taxing day job or having to chase after children, but those would be lies. My contribution to society has been more or less limited to financially supporting the wine industry and Manhattan bodegas. … Continue reading Sweet Summer Squash Fritters

Spaghetti Squash w/Lamb Meatballs & Lemon Parsley Cream

Dang, it’s been a while since I posted. After finishing grad school, I assumed that my life would fall into a blissful ease full of boozy brunches and Lifetime movie marathons. I figured that I would have an excessive amount of time. That’s what’s funny about life though—how much you have squeezed beneath the surface … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash w/Lamb Meatballs & Lemon Parsley Cream

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

London Bound—Clarity in Winchester

The next day, we chose to take a day trip with my family to a little town called Winchester, which is about an hour from London by train. London is an incredible city, but we craved exploration and a low-key change of scenery. Katie’s uncle lived in Winchester for many years, so the two of … Continue reading London Bound—Clarity in Winchester

London Bound—Our One “Tourist Day”

The day after New Year’s Eve was a bit of a “throw-away”. You can’t stay out until 6am when you’re 29-years-old and expect productivity when you wake up. We did little more than shuffle out of bed (late) in the afternoon and emerge into the land of the living only in time for an early … Continue reading London Bound—Our One “Tourist Day”

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

Exploring Iceland—Reykjavik Bound

Iceland has been on Katie’s and my bucket list for a long time. We are road trip fiends and suckers for mountain views, so it was essentially a given. It has been a little hard to get excited for the trip though over the past week, with the gut-wrenching and highly personal tragedy that occurred … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—Reykjavik Bound