Loaded Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans & Cheddar

Loaded Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans & Cheddar

This is such a simple recipe that it’s almost not a recipe. But the thing I love about it is: 1) without this recipe, I would never have put these ingredients together; 2) I will always cooks sweet potatoes cut in half lengthwise, cut side 

Steakhouse Dinner: Filet Mignon & Creamed Spinach

Steakhouse Dinner: Filet Mignon & Creamed Spinach

No Valentine’s Day dinner out for us (like everyone else!) this year. I decided to make my love a steakhouse dinner at home. I ordered some beautiful filet mignons from Snake River Farms. They have really amazing Wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork. I’ve been following 

Celery Root Purée

Celery Root Purée

Here is a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes. The puree is silky and flavorful and is a perfect accompaniment to stews and braised meats. It also warms up well the next day. Recently I’ve served as a side dish with: Crispy Parmesan Roast Chicken with 

A Barefoot Contessa Holiday Meal: Herb-Roasted Lamb, Zucchini Gratin & Haricot Vert with Shallots

A Barefoot Contessa Holiday Meal: Herb-Roasted Lamb, Zucchini Gratin & Haricot Vert with Shallots

In case you are still on the hunt for a holiday menu, here is one that is sure to please any lamb lover! I was happy to have 7 lamb lovers in the Berkshires this past weekend for an anniversary / holiday celebration with our 

Giada’s Veal Marsala and Peas & Proscuitto

Giada’s Veal Marsala and Peas & Proscuitto

I love Giada!  Much like the Barefoot Contessa, her recipes have never steered me wrong.  Italian food is what I love most and Italy is my favorite country to visit.  Giada, born in Rome, has made delicious Italian home cooking accessible to everyone.  Her recipes 

Elegant Weeknight Meal: Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb & Broccolini with Olives and Capers

Elegant Weeknight Meal: Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb & Broccolini with Olives and Capers

Here are two great recipes for weeknight entertaining or for a special meal for you and your love.  Rack of lamb sounds complicated but is surprisingly quick and easy to make. Luckily, I married a fellow lamb lover.  Not everyone likes lamb.  But I am 

Seared Steak with Cauliflower Puree

Seared Steak with Cauliflower Puree

Here is a simple recipe to spruce up your typical steak dinner.  I just loved the olive-shallot-parsley-red wine vinegar combo on the steak.  I’ve actually made it several times now. And, pureed cauliflower is one of my favorite veggie sides!  All the creaminess of mashed 

Holiday Menu: Honey-Mustard Pork Roast with Bacon, Baby Arugula Salad & Cauliflower Gratin

Holiday Menu: Honey-Mustard Pork Roast with Bacon, Baby Arugula Salad & Cauliflower Gratin

The day after Christmas is my father-in-law’s birthday.  Tim’s immediately family came up to the Berkshires on the 26th to celebrate.  We had the delicious and festive menu below.  The pork I have made before and it was even better than I remember!  The bacon 

Holiday Menu: Cauliflower Gratin

Holiday Menu: Cauliflower Gratin

I love cauliflower but I know not everyone does.  This is a recipe that will get even a hater to eat his cauliflower. To reduce the prep time, I cut the cauliflower and grated the Gruyere earlier in the day.  Also, I used two medium 

Holiday Menu: Rack of Lamb, Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette, and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Holiday Menu: Rack of Lamb, Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette, and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a great first Christmas with Charlotte.  We enjoyed lots of time with family and lots of delicious food! In case you are looking for menu ideas for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, I highly