Crispy Chick Peas with Olive Oils from Spain (Sponsored Post)

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The popularity of the Mediterranean Diet has exploded in recent years, and for good reason. People living along the Mediterranean Sea have known for a long time that a diet high in unsaturated fats, vegetables, and fish is loaded with a slew of health benefits. Continue reading

Jerk Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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“You are what you eat.”

This saying always got on my nerves.

If it were true, then I would be a walking talking tomato, with slices of pizza for arms, a scoop of ice cream for a head and cookies for feet.

But nope, I’m 100% human. And for the record, while I do love a good cannibal joke, I’m proud to say I’ve never eaten another human. Continue reading

Kitchen Update

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There it is, folks. This is what my kitchen currently looks like in real time. Which goes without saying that, no, after 2 months of construction it’s still not finished.

It might be helpful if you knew what the kitchen looked like before we began the renovation. Take a peek at the audition video I made for Food Network Star last October and you can get a pretty good feel for what I was working with. Continue reading

Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Corn and Crab Relish

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HEY! IT’S FALL.

Have you heard?

If you haven’t, then it’s safe to assume you’ve been living under a rock.

It always happens like this. I wake up one day, and summer is gone. Like, totally, completely gone. A distant memory. Almost as if it never existed in the first place.

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Sesame Crusted Bristol Bay Wild Sockeye Salmon

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In case you aren’t already in the know, my fierce farm-to-table friend and fellow Food Network Star Emma Frisch writes a fabulous food blog called Frisch Kitchen. Emma’s blog focuses on what she calls “food with roots,” and recently she started a brilliant campaign called #5days5ways, where she highlights one ingredient over 5 days and shows 5 unique ways to use it.

Last week, Emma rolled out #5days5ways for Bristol Bay wild sockeye salmon in order to draw attention to the current problems they are facing in the bay. She asked ME if I wanted to participate by submitting a recipe and doing a cross post on Frisch Kitchen.  Continue reading

Rosemary Creamed Corn

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This blog is about to get corny.

See what I did there? I know, I know.

Puns and corny jokes are kind of my thing! I get that from my Momma. She was the Queen.

So, my birthday is on Saturday, and, well it’s a big one. The big 3-0. It’s not that I’m sad about leaving my 20’s…

Ok, that’s a lie.

Maybe I’m a little sad about leaving my 20’s. Continue reading

Cape May Lobster Rolls

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Or maybe I should say, “lawbstah rolls.” That’s how my grandfather would have said it.

My Pop-Pop Genovese, along with several of his brothers, and my uncle Mark all made their living as commercial fisherman.   My maternal great grandparents emigrated from Sicily in the early 1900’s to Gloucester, Massachusetts, a fishing village made famous by the book and movie “The Perfect Storm.

Back in the swingin’ sixties, Pop-Pop and two of his brothers purchased their own fishing vessel, “The White Dove,” and uprooted their families from Gloucester to Cape May, NJ in pursuit of a better opportunity.  Continue reading

Watermelon Gazpacho

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It’s been a little weird not having a kitchen. But, honestly, not as weird as I had expected. Actually, it’s been kinda fun.

Well, we’re not living completely kitchenless. That wasn’t an option. We need to at least be able to make coffee in the morning. So I created a mini-kitchen, of sorts, in the living room.

We stuck the fridge in a corner, and next to it, a table with all the essentials: a cutting board, my knives, a French press, a tea pot, a toaster oven, a Nutribullet, and even a hot plate that doubles as a turn table when the sun goes down. Continue reading

Where Fruit Flies go to Die

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We interrupt this stream of tomato chatter to bring you an ingenious solution to a problem that seems unavoidable this time of year. Well, only if you keep boatloads of sweet summer produce on your counters.

You may currently be suffering from fruit flies. Symptoms include: seeing tiny specks in front of your eyes, feelings of severe irritation and annoyance, excessive cleaning of the kitchen, and the absolute worst: finding larvae crawling on your precious hand picked fruits.

Shudder. Even the word larvae gives me the heebie jeebies. When it gets to this point, you know you have a problem. Continue reading

French Tomato Tart

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It’s official: I no longer have a kitchen.

I know, man. It’s a lot to wrap my head around.

Last week, I woke up dreaming about this beautiful French tomato tart that I had made a few years ago. You guys dream about food, too, don’t you?

It had a crispy, buttery crust, tangy Dijon mustard, perfectly ripe tomatoes, and big rounds of creamy goat cheese – that to the unknowing eye looked a little more like seared scallops than cheese (oops, sorry Chaser). Continue reading

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