just like I remember. [homemade ragù di carne]

January 4th, 2022 by | comments

My husband and I took a cooking class in San Gimignano on our honeymoon a few years ago and still talk about the class to this day. All of the food we made was incredible, but the ragù was the standout dish. I’ve been making my slightly revised version of the ragù for years and it tastes just like I remember in Italy. The recipe has minimal ingredients, but is packed with flavor. I decided to make homemade fettuccine for this post, but by all means, use store-bought pasta if you’re in a pinch! Although I will say, the thin and silky smooth homemade noodles do make a difference in this dish and are worth making if you have the time.

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trust me. [whipped goat cheese & cranberry sauce crostini w. homemade candied orange zest]

November 11th, 2021 by | comments

Not sure what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce? I highly recommend making these sweet and savory crostini. Even if you don’t have leftover cranberry sauce, you can make these as an appetizer then serve any of the leftover cranberry sauce as a side dish. Done and done! These crostini would be the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving or any upcoming holiday gathering. They’re somewhat a labor of love because of the homemade candied orange zest, but trust me – it’s worth it. As an alternative, you could also buy store-bought candied orange zest and call it a day.

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loss for words. [apple cider bread w. cinnamon sugar topping]

October 25th, 2021 by | comments

I’m at a loss for words trying to describe this apple cider bread. It was INCREDIBLE. My husband and I finished it off in two days between the two of us and I’m honestly considering baking another loaf. The bread is delicious at any time of the day, but I’d recommend eating it for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or warming it up and slathering with a little butter for dessert.

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soup szn. [chicken & white bean southwestern soup]

October 10th, 2021 by | comments

Soup season is officially here and I’ve decided I’m ok with it, as long as it’s soup like this chicken and white bean southwestern soup that I can garnish with ALL the toppings – cheese, sour cream, avocado, you name it. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more soup (and chili!) on here now that it’s finally starting to cool down in LA. But now that I say that, I’m sure it’ll be 90 degrees one day next week…

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saying goodbye to summer. [tomato tarts w. herb-flavored goat cheese & basil]

September 13th, 2021 by | comments

I can’t get enough of the summer tomatoes! And as good as they are, they just make me miss the tomatoes we ate in Italy during our honeymoon a few years ago because those tomatoes were next level. I lost count of how many caprese salads we ate. Anyways, these tomato tarts with flaky puff pastry were SO easy to whip up and full of flavor. I made a few changes, but used Cuisine at Home’s recipe for the most part. These would be great for a gathering with friends and family!

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