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Quesadillas with Onion-Cranberry Salsa

I’m surprised that this is the first quesadilla I’ve ever posted here. It may be the fact that it’s not a common occurrence here, and especially wasn’t so during the time I was (mostly) cheese free. Quesadillas can often teeter on the greasy side. Too much cheese and too much oil is probably the quickest...

Beet and Fennel Soup with Kefir

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier soup. But for all you know, this soup could be nasty. You should have learned from the ugly pizza not to judge a book by it’s cover. But lucky for you, it’s not. And you can. A beautiful presentation with an equally delightful taste. Let me speak...

Caramelized Fennel and Onion Pizza

Hello, you ugly pizza you. You delicious, oozing, herbaceous, licorice-scented, rich, salty, creamy, and butt ugly pizza. But seriously, it’s not the pizza’s fault. Just because its combination of savory ingredients happen to all fall within the same color spectrum is not its fault. This isn’t a pizza margherita, with its contrasting bold hues and...

Chocolate Espresso Fudge Cookies

Another cookie my dad would love. Or did love. Yes, lucky guy, he got some of these too. These cookies are irresistible. Dense and chewy, a brownie in cookie form. With a shot of espresso. Chocolate and espresso have a way of bringing out the best in each other, never has that been more apparent...

Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

I’m sure Caesar salad is a staple in most households. However, I’m sure most of the time it involves a bottle of dressing and a bag of croutons. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s just not our style. Rather, we’ve found the perfect (easy, and salmonella-free) recipe for a Caesar dressing from...

Spaghetti with Fresh Soppressata

Apparently we have quite the reputation in our building. We’re the stinky neighbors. We’ve been told that sometimes, when we’re cooking something extra fragrant, you can smell it as soon as you step off the elevator. It only gets stronger as you go down the hall. Cookies, cupcakes, chicken broth, homemade bread… I can only...