Burnt Eggplant with Garlic, Lemon & Pomegranate Seeds (Baba Ghanoush)


One of the most underrated new restaurants in our neighborhood is a little Mediterranean joint called Tash.  Skip the dinner entrees: they’re overpriced and not that exciting.  But the brunch?  I’ll make a strong pitch for the Kubideh platters, giant brick oven flatbreads with meat, tomatoes, hummus and sunny side … Continue reading

Bison Chili & Butternut Squash Casserole {Paleo}


I recently found myself on a bison mailing list after an event I attended hosted by a buffalo ranch in Western South Dakota.  Each week I am extremely tempted to order large quantities of meat.  In fact, I told Courtney that I wanted one particular package of assorted bison parts … Continue reading

Paleo Orange Sesame Chicken


We took our last mini-vacation of the summer last weekend, heading to Rehobeth to enjoy beaches and breweries, and of course to get an early start on celebrating Courtney’s birthday.  We were actually planning to take this trip several weeks ago, but pushed it back when the opportunity arose to … Continue reading

Paleo Thai Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


If it were Summer year round, I most definitely would not be a size 2.  Summer, that little temptress, she has a way of disrupting my good habits.  It’s fun for certain, but certainly not sustainable.  Now that Summer is pretty much over, I’m really trying to get back into … Continue reading

Takeout Tuesday: Featuring a Vegan Feast from Chef Nadine


A couple weeks back, I told you about our Periodic Table dinner featuring Chef Nadine.  Well, when she passed around coupons at the end of the night for her catered vegan meals, it got me thinking: Takeout Tuesday!  I love introducing people who don’t always eat vegan to just how … Continue reading

Heirloom Tomato, Squash and Pepper Gratin


Wow, I’ve really been off the grid!  I’ll blame it on a little bit of travel and a lot of writer’s block.  Or maybe the other way around.  We got back from an awesome weekend in Atlanta last night, and tomorrow I head to South Dakota.  Maybe I’ll just leave … Continue reading

A Bookalokal Taste of Brazil: Feijoada & Pão de Queijo

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Saturday we had our first experience with Bookalokal, a global dining community similar to Airbnb, except that instead of a place to crash you get good company and delicious home cooked meals! (In case you’re starting to see a theme here, yes, my entire social life revolves around food.  Glad … Continue reading

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken with Blackberry Jam


We’ve been doing a lot of hosting as of late, even for Messy Kitchen standards.  It’s hard to keep up.  I don’t remember the last time my kitchen was clean for more than a fleeting second.  I made this honey garlic chicken for my book club last week.  It’s not … Continue reading

Tahini Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Preserves {Leftovers Club}


The tahini kick continues!  Seriously, I can’t get enough of the stuff.  When I discovered the cookbook I acquired for the month from my Cook Book Book Club had an entire page dedicated to the fascination with Tahini, I was beyond stoked!  Since I only have this beautiful book for a … Continue reading

Jambalaya Skewers with Andouille Sausage, Shrimp and Fresh Okra

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One of my hopes when I signed up for my CSA was that the random deliveries would force me to seek out new recipes that experiment with vegetables I may be less familiar with. We’ve already seen this to be the case with kohlrabi.  Although I’m still not convinced that anyone … Continue reading

Cook Book Book Club and Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz


I recently joined a new book club.  Yes another.  I’ve told you before that it takes little more than a glass of wine to convince me to join your book club, which at times has proven problematic since I’m not a particularly fast reader.  Luckily, this is a different kind of … Continue reading

The Periodic Table Presents Dat Hotness: Science of Spice & Evolution

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Last night, Courtney and I were excited to take part in a dinner series that combines his passion for science with my passion for food!  Since I first heard about The Periodic Table, I knew it would be right up our alleys, streets that don’t often merge.  A joint venture … Continue reading

Fig, Goat Cheese, Proscuitto and Pistachio Stuffed Chicken with Fig Balsamic Gastrique


Summer is straight up flying by.  I kind of hate it.  I usually love Fall, but I’m pretty stressed out about this particular Fall.  Can’t we just make the Summer last forever?  I’ll even stop complaining about big hair, I promise! We’ve been keeping particularly busy, which I’m sure has … Continue reading