Homemade Big Mac: Make Your Own, Have a Party

Has it been that long? Twelve years ago. The last time I stepped foot into a McDonald’s. At least I think – it’s not like it was momentous enough to recall dates and times. But surely my oreo/ramen/milkshake regimen of freshman year included a nugget or two from Mickey D’s. Probably some fries too slopped … Continue reading Homemade Big Mac: Make Your Own, Have a Party »

Caramelized Tomato Tarte Tatin (Adopted Recipe)

This adopted recipe (Melissa Clark’s NY Times) has been tucked away in my book of clippings for about a year. I loved the idea – puff pastry, olives, a mosaic of cherry tomatoes, caramelized onions­ – an artful array of sweet and salty joyfully playing off each other. I wanted it to be incredible, a … Continue reading Caramelized Tomato Tarte Tatin (Adopted Recipe) »

Crostini with Fava Beans, Roasted Garlic Creme Fraiche and Mushroom Oil

Cloudless skies and sun-ripened fruit were not our only motivations for moving to Berkeley. Topping our list was a dream to open a little café, where I would cook simple, beautiful food and Marco would woo the guests with his charming ways. We’d have a garden out back, a patio in front, with a handpicked … Continue reading Crostini with Fava Beans, Roasted Garlic Creme Fraiche and Mushroom Oil »

Homemade Focaccia Bread with Figs and Goat Camembert

I am prone to nostalgia. Routinely caught in inappropriate New York daydreams while stuck in mundane meetings. Lately though, thoughts of Italy have been the reason for loss of productive work hours. Maybe because my life is especially hectic as of late, and I crave the humble, unpretentious lifestyle Italians so gracefully embrace. I find … Continue reading Homemade Focaccia Bread with Figs and Goat Camembert »