Smoky Chermoula Chicken with Roasted Carrots, Cauliflower and Feta

Last month my husband attended a business dinner with colleagues, and because the out-of-towners didn’t want to take home a doggie bag, he was able to snag half of someone’s roasted chicken dinner for me from Harvest in Cambridge. Score! The herbaceously pungent chicken and garlicky side of romanesco, as it turns out, was delectable….

Final Oscar Predictions 2019

This was a busy year for me and the Academy Awards! First, I started prognosticating for Movie City News’ Gurus o’ Gold series and then was interviewed by BBC radio this past Friday about my predictions for the telecast. (Check out my segment at 52:18.) I think race relations will be this year’s overarching political…

2019 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Tomorrow morning is my version of Christmas. I get up early, bubbling over with anticipation, and wait nervously for the inevitable joy and pain. (The excitement of surprises and favorites, the anger of snubs or bad choices.) Arguably, Oscar nomination day is better than the awards show itself. By that time, the front-runners have already…

Top 10 TV Series of 2018

Top 10 TV Series of 2018 10. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat A friend recently described chef Samin Nosrat to me as “The New Anthony Bourdain”. I disagree. I don’t think we need a “new” Anthony Bourdain and I don’t want to reduce Nosrat’s contributions to foodie television to the confines of someone else’s brand. She…

Top 10 Films of 2018

Top 10 films released in 2018 10. The Tale There’s a moment in Jennifer Fox’s The Tale that is so real and so startling, I’ll never be able to think of memory the same way again. In the film, Jennifer (Laura Dern) reexamines a “relationship” she had with an older man when she was a…

Recipe: Garlic-Lime Spatchcocked Chicken with a Honey-Soy Glaze

There’s nothing more comforting than a roast chicken. You salt the skin to crisp it up, you stuff it with some aromatics, and you set it in the oven for an hour or so. It’s probably the easiest prep you can do for the amount of deliciousness you get. My go-to roast chicken is all…

Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Custard Pie with Streusel Topping

Is there anything more summery than the combination of juicy peaches and tangy raspberries? I make this tart, creamy pie once a year in the hotter months and adore the sunset-like blended colors it creates. Feel free to buy a pre-made shell, but I prefer to make my own shortcrust base, tightly adapted from Mark…

Recipe: Pomegranate-Rosé Pulled Pork

There’s nothing quite as versatile as pulled pork. Once a shoulder or butt has been braised on low heat for several hours, the meat becomes tender and juicy, and easily shreddable for a number of dishes: sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza, pasta, soup. You name it. This recipe came about like many of my other creations: I…

Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Milk Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the lemon cake for people who don’t typically like lemon cakes. I know, because I’m one of them. My friend Sarah recently celebrated her 30th birthday, and I wracked my brain for at least a month beforehand to come up with the perfect birthday cake for her. She’s an accomplished baker in her…

Recipe: White Chocolate-Raspberry Cake with Coconut

Now this is what I consider the quintessential spring cake. Creamy white chocolate, tart raspberries, and a hint of tropical coconut – what would be more perfect for a wedding dress-like Easter cake? I don’t celebrate Easter, but my husband grew up with it and I like to indulge him in his favorite seasonal/holiday treats….