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….

Recipe: Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s early spring in New England, which naturally means high winds, slushy sidewalks, and an occasional snow storm. The lingering chill calls for just one remedy: hot, comforting chicken tortilla soup. This nutritious recipe provides the perfect amount of heat, umami, and richness to thaw your insides in this endless winter. The additional cilantro gives…

Final Oscar Predictions 2018

2017: The year I was never so happy to be so wrong. When Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land  Best Picture, no one in the Dolby Theatre blinked an eye. It was just par for the course, the film having racked up a bunch of major awards, including Best Actress and Best…

Recipe: Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic, Almonds, and Parmesan

Growing up, my perception of green beans was grim: they came from a can looking a sickly dark green and flopped when you touched them. Don’t even get me started on the smell. And in casseroles, they were even worse. I didn’t fall in love with green beans until my early 20s, during a meal…

Recipe: Garlic-Lime Grilled Chicken for Salads

We all know how it happens when we “Add Chicken” to our salads at a restaurant or lunch joint. Out comes an anemic-looking flop of tasteless protein that resembles a sliced-up breast implant. I’m here to change that. This recipe comes from my husband, who is typically in charge of putting together our lunches for…

2018 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Tomorrow is my version of Christmas. I get up early in the morning, giddy with excitement, and I wait for catharsis after a year’s worth of anticipation. Will I get what I want? Will my heart break into a thousand pieces if I don’t? Arguably, Oscar nomination day is better than the awards show itself….

Recipe: Turkey Thighs with Cranberry-Mustard Glaze

I’m used to turkey being a once-a-year event. These birds are large, unwieldy, and difficult to get right in the oven. Typically, a whole-roasted turkey seems to end up in only two textures: dry or raw. However, when they’re done right, they can be wonderfully delicious, with crispy skin and juicy, slightly gamey meat. It’s…