Recipe :: Arugula & Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ladies Night Arugula, Grilled chicken Peach Salad

We went to Sag Harbor to our friends' beach house for the 4th of July last summer, and my friend Danelle made a whole bunch of great salads using local, farm-fresh produce that everyone enjoyed all weekend. One of the highlights for me was an arugula salad that she made with pecorino cheese and perfectly ripe peaches (the kind that make you realize … [Read more...]

Party: Ladies Night Garden Party

Mason Jar Vases Hyssop Herb Centerpiece

Today I'm sharing the deets of a ladies night garden party that I hosted in my backyard garden (and by backyard I mean shared outdoor space that we have in our building) for my book club. I wanted to play up the garden setting. I layered natural kraft paper and a burlap runner to cover the table, and made herb bouquets in rustic mason jars to use … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Red & White Quinoa Salad {4th of July}

red and white quinoa salad 4th of july recipe cookout side dish

A make-ahead grain salad, especially one made with quinoa, is one of my favorite sides to serve for a picnic, cookout or backyard BBQ. Quinoa has a great nutty taste, is a very filling side dish, and is a good option for any vegetarians in the crowd because it has a decent amount of protein. There are so many quinoa salads that I like to make, … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Sweet Potato Corn Cakes with Yogurt Sauce

Sweet Potato Cakes with Yogurt Sauce |

This past summer I took the abundance of corn from our crop-share, cut it off the cobb and froze it for mid-winter cooking.  I socked away so many bags that I ended up with a freezer full of corn, ice cream and lamb (from our lamb share).  I've been trying to clear out the stock (though we keep acquiring more ice cream, which I don't see as a … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Vegan Roasted Corn Chowder

Vegan Roasted Corn Chowder |

With plenty of fresh corn coming in from my CSA crop-share, I decided to use it all at once by making a vegan corn chowder.  The recipe, inspired by Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Roasted Corn Soup, uses the corn stalks to make a rich broth.  It isn't a quick soup to make, but the recipe can be made in stages (I made the stock and roasted the corn one … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Grilled Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad


This recipe came about when I was cooking for a crowd but only had 4 ears of corn from my crop-share. Cutting corn off the cobb is a great way to make a little corn go a long way and mixing it with other complimentary ingredients, such as basil and tomato, adds a burst of summer flavor. Grilling the corn makes the natural sugars caramelize and … [Read more...]