Roasted Peach Jalapeno and Raspberry Basil Paletas


 A paleta is……just an ice pop with fruit. There was a great place in Cartagena that Holly, Ami and I visited that sold paletas, called La Paletteria. I can’t remember what flavor I chose but I do remember I liked theirs better. Paleta envy. Which is why I made 2 flavors. Roasted peach-with a jalapeno infused simple syrup…… [Read More]

Shakshuka with Bacon


I told Joe we were having Shakshuka for brunch. He said “Great, Shake Shack.” Ummmm, no. Shakshuka is a classic North African egg dish. When you type it in your IPhone, it auto-corrects to “Sharks Hula” Also incorrect. Ok, it’s a funny name that could be a medieval weapon, a Yoga pose or something you… [Read More]

Corn Masa Boats with Tilapia in a Yucatecan Pumpkin Sauce (what else would it be??)


There is a very special time of year on TV that I look forward to all year long.  No, its not the Emmy’s or the Grammy’s or the Superbowl. Ewwwwwww..the Superbowl.  It’s Shark Week. This year, brought to you by Rob Lowe. Wait, what???This dish is like human chum. Actually that sounds horrible. Its way… [Read More]

Blueberry Chipotle Chutney Grilled Cheese


For those I have offended this week with my super healthy salad recipe…. (And you know who you are…) I offer you a peace offering in the form of carbohydrates. Homemade Maine blueberry chipotle chutney…. Meet….. grilled cheese. Apology accepted?     Blueberry Chipotle Grilled Cheese Ingredients 4 cups fresh blueberries 1 cup finely chopped Granny… [Read More]

Wheat berry & Kale Salad with Blueberries

Maine may be known for its lobster but it’s blueberries are even more delicious. Ok, that’s just not true. Just running low on lobster. If you aren’t familiar with wheat berries- they are like quinoa’s hotter, cheaper cousin. Hotter and cheaper. That’s a lot of imagery for a legume. This salad is amazing.  Despite it’s reputation.   Wheat… [Read More]

Salted Watermelon Salad


Here are more photos of animals that tried to kill us in Alaska.  Ok, Bullwinkle wasn’t dangerous. But pretty sure he will uproot your plants.  These guys, however, are another story. They will definitely uproot your plants. We met them in our new favorite saloon, The Salty Dawg, in Homer Spit, Alaska. Yes, I said… [Read More]

Blue-beary Bars


Bear Viewing. Katmai Penninsula, Alaska. Prior to this trip, this is the closest I have ever gotten to a bear. And as I recall,  Corey and I went for tapas afterwards. This excursion was a little different…. And I thought Grendel was big. About 30 seconds into Katmai National Park, I started to understand the Accidental… [Read More]

Strawberry Ice Cream


By far the best parade in NYC is the Gay Pride Parade. And one of the best days the city has all year. Sorry Colombus. You don’t have glitter. People actually applaud the cops. Gentleman wear their Sunday best. As do the ladies. Even the dogs are fierce. But there is a moment every year… [Read More]

Coconut Bread


Don’t ever come to Corn Island, Nicaragua. The beaches are deserted. And full of debris. The animals are wild. It’s easy to get lost… You can get dehydrated very easily. You never know where your food comes from. You may even have to sleep outside. It can really affect your mood. One of the best parts… [Read More]

Kale Salad with Miso Vinegrette


Today we visited Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.   It is a nonprofit working farm and educational center. We took Grendel. Which was a mistake. He was as terrified as a Tufted Titmouse. See, it’s a thing.  Grendel was terrified of everything. The birds. Ok, one pecked my toe and I nearly died. The… [Read More]

Thai Chicken Wraps with Peanut Sauce

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I have fond memories of my time in Thailand. A country of raw natural beauty. And “quirky” sanitary conditions. Where farting in the back of a car is apparently against the law. Where clearly I didn’t get the memo. Where they too, have mommy issues. Where they have a creative way of spelling English words.. Where… [Read More]

Spicy Pumpkin & Black Bean Enchiladas


Canned olives. Canned black beans. Canned pumpkin.                           Can’t f*ck it up. Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Enchiladas Author: Foodess (adapted) Ingredients 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 onion chopped 4 cloves garlic 3 jalapenos 1 tbsp. ground cumin 1 tablespoon chipotle powder 1 tsp… [Read More]

Honey, Cardamom and Wine Poached Pears


This is a simple and sophisticated fruit dessert. If you’re worried about the amount of wine in this recipe…. There’s a really good chance we’re not friends. You should rethink your subscription. For everyone else… See you at McFadden’s. Honey, Cardamom and Wine Poached Pears Author: Gina Ingredients 4 ripe, firm Bosc pears 2 cups… [Read More]

Sweet Potato Galettes


Welcome to the Robert Mapplethorpe edition of potato porn. Google it, mom. Actually, please don’t. Moving on to the galette…..quickly….. It’s a perfect healthy dinner. Serve it with a side salad. If you’re into that kind of thing. Sweet Potato Galettes Author: Ottolenghi Ingredients 3 sweet potatoes, about 
12 ounces each 9 ounces puff pastry 1… [Read More]

Fig, Date and Coconut Balls


I made these to bring to the office today. An episode of Walking Dead had less carnage. Zombie ladies, you know who you are. And despite my best efforts, this dish is healthy.   Fig, Date and Coconut Balls Author: Gina Ingredients 2 cups pitted dates 8 figs without stems 3 tablespoons raw cacao 2 tablespoons… [Read More]

Lobster BLT’s with Bacon Jam


I love my mother in law.                           Who happens to live in Maine. Where there is Maine lobster. For $2.99 a pound. Who likes to visit me in NYC. See where I am going with this? I better stop now. Love you Nancy…. [Read More]