taco skillet bake

I like to think that I do a pretty good job managing my spending habits. I rarely impulse shop, I plan out big purchases, and have a monthly budget that I typically stick to. However, for some reason I lose all self control when I get near a cookbook. Somehow the rational side of my brain gets taken over and I end up buying cookbook after cookbook. Don’t get my wrong I use all of the cookbooks that I own but did I really need to add 8 cookbooks to my collection this year? Absolutely not.

One of my favorite recent cookbook purchases is Gaby Dalkin’s What’s Gaby Cooking cookbook. I’ve been a fan of her blog for a few years so I eagerly awaited the release of her first cookbook. It did not disappoint. Since buying the cookbook, many of her recipes have been added to my weekly rotation including this taco skillet bake.

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cacio e pepe

I’ve made and failed at making cacio e pepe more times than I’d like to admit. I’ve created several dishes worth of watery pasta with clumps of cheese that refused to melt. Even after the first, second, and seventh failed attempt, I kept trying because some years ago I ate a wonderful plate of cacio e pepe and dreamed of recreating it.

However, it was also a matter of pride. How hard could it be to make a dish comprised of cheese, pasta and pepper? Unfortunately, I found out this simple dish can be easy to mess up. Making a silky sauce from dry cheese and water is a skill that needs to be learned.  Read more

cantucci

You’ve probably eaten cantucci before but you likely called it by a different name. Typically, in the US we see these cookies labelled biscotti, which is what they were called back in the Roman times. The Romans made biscotti (meaning “twice-cooked”) to be eaten as a convenient and durable snack for travelers. They were first baked in order to cook the dough, and then a second time in order to dry them out for long journeys.

After the fall of the Roman empire, these cookies were not made for centuries until they made a comeback in Tuscany around the Renaissance period. While biscotti can be any kind of twice-baked cookie, cantucci specifically gets it flavor from almonds. It is composed exclusively of flour, eggs, sugar and almonds, without any yeast or fat.

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15 mugs for your pumpkin spice latte

Without sounding cliche, my favorite season is fall. I enjoy cozying up by the fire, smelling fresh pies baking in the oven and wearing comfy sweaters and thick socks. Unfortunately, so far the weather in New York is not cooperating with my plans. As I write this, it’s 88° here in New York. Let me repeat that, it’s 88° in New York and it’s almost the end of September.

I’ve decided not to let the weather stop me from moving ahead full-steam with my fall checklist, and one of my favorite fall activities is cozying up next to the fireplace with a big mug of coffee. Of course, an important part of that process is having the right mug. Here are 15 mugs that are begging to be added to your collection this fall.  Read more

food in tuscany

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The richness of Italian cuisine lies in its diversity. Italy is a small country (less than half the size of Texas) but it has twenty distinct regions that each have their own cooking styles and customs.

While studying abroad in Florence, I fell in love with Tuscan cuisine. The flavors of Tuscany are strong and straightforward and are based on peasant traditions. The meals were created to be simple and inexpensive. Today it remains largely the same- but by choice instead of necessity.

Eating is one of the greatest joys of traveling in Italy so if you plan on visiting Tuscany soon, check out my recommendations for traditional foods to try during your visit!

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eating guide to the upper east side

The restaurants here in New York serve some of the best food in the world. With the vast number of restaurants I knew that I could not do the City’s food scene justice in one blog post so for this entry I am going to focus exclusively on those in my neighborhood, the Upper East Side. This is by no means an exhaustive list but these are the spots that Gregg and I find ourselves going back to again and again because the food is so incredibly good. So, here is my quintessential dining guide, but I’d love to hear about your Upper East Side favorites in the comments to discover a few new ones, so share away!

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what i’m reading & watching: march

Since the clocks sprung forward today I’m already anticipating a groggy feeling tomorrow morning when my alarm goes off. To help minimize this I decided to turn today into a relaxing Sunday so it feels like an appropriate time to share with you all of the media I am ingesting and loving. This is a happy mix of cerebral and light so that you have a book or show to watch whether you need a few diversions for pure entertainment or are looking to get serious. Keep scrolling for this month’s recommendations.  I’d love to hear in the comments what you’re currently reading and watching!

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