Printable Party Plan :: Easy 4th of July Menu, Recipes, Shopping List and Timeline

Free Printable 4th of July Party Plan |

Invite friends over for the 4th of July, because I have a super simple party plan for making a tasty red, white and blue menu for your 4th of July party. The 4th of July Printable Party Plan has everything you need for hosting: a patriotic cookout menu, a list of all the party supplies you'll need, suggested serving pieces, décor ideas, a … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Strawberry Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

strawberry salad

Strawberry season is finally here! The local strawberry season is so fleeting in New York (generally from late May to late June - most strawberries don't like hot and humid weather), and local strawberries are so much tastier than the berries you can find year-round at the grocery store. There are literally hundreds of different strawberry … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Oven-dried Tomatoes

how to oven dry tomatoes

All summer I have been waiting for the tomatoes to show their rosey faces, but my crop-share didn't have a tomato in sight until well into August.  Last week we finally received a large container of grape tomatoes and another of roma tomatoes in our weekly share.  And this week we received even more tomatoes, leaving me with a surplus that I cannot … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Tomato & Cantaloupe Salad with Basil

tomato & cantaloupe salad basil simple summer recipe picnic crop-share farmers market gluten-free healthy

During the summer, when produce tastes amazing on its own, I find that there is no need to add a lot of seasonings or make elaborate sauces. Letting the intense flavors of summer shine is the way to go when you have access to good, seasonal produce. This recipe for tomato and cantaloupe salad with basil is a prime example of that philosophy. I … [Read more...]

Party :: Mediterranean Make-Ahead Mezze Menu

mediterranean make ahead easy weeknight entertaining menu

  Our close friends, Tory and Dave, just moved back to NYC from San Francisco with their 1 1/2 year-old.  Thrilled to have them back, we immediately set up a family dinner date.  Given that we wanted to have the kids join, we were looking at an early dinner.  I had a particularly busy week at work, working late every night with no time for … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Butternut Squash & Pesto Gratin


One of my friends (an excellent cook who entertains often) shared this simple Giada recipe with me.  She said it's a dish that she serves several times each fall because it's an easy make-ahead side-dish with great flavor.   In my search for the best Thanksgiving sides, I made this for a dinner party a few weeks ago.  I adapted the recipe a little … [Read more...]