Egg-Topped Soba Noodles with Asparagus and Prosciutto

Be honest.  Aren’t there things you wait to do until your significant other leaves the house?  Re-arrange the dishwasher so that the plates face the right way?  Watch Real Housewives of New York?  Feed the dog pieces of bacon because he loves them so much?  As much as I love being with my hubby, and I really don’t like it when he has to be somewhere else, there are certain things that just don’t happen when he’s here.  Granted, he’s pretty much the most tolerant person ever, so there aren’t many.

However, there is just this one little thing that he won’t have in his presence.  Eggs for dinner.  No poached with toast, no scrambled with sausage, no fried on top of anything.  No. Eggs. For. Dinner.  Which is fine, I get it, but we have this one little problem: I would put an egg on top of anything and call it a meal.   I haven’t always been this way, and I couldn’t tell you when it started.  Maybe college?  Maybe when I lived on my own after college?  I don’t know.  It doesn’t matter.  All that matters is that now I’m addicted and I can’t stop.  I try to rein it in most of the time, but when the cat’s away the mice will play… with eggs. 

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Hot Onion Souffle and Pita Chips


Yesterday was hot.  I mean, it was really hot for May, so much so that it was kind a shock to my system. The trees are still blossoming all pinky and purple and the I’m just recovering from the constant joy of seeing green leaves on the way to work.  And then all of a sudden there is this blast of heat that pushes my brain into memories of summer BBQs and beach days.  How am I supposed to deal with that? [Read more...]

Simple Chocolate Mousse

My birthday is coming up. So I’ve been thinking about something. I never get a birthday cake. (Ok, this is an exaggeration. I got a beautiful birthday cake that I still have dreams about sometimes from a wonderful friend last year. Hmmm… recipe to follow.) But before that, I hadn’t had an actual birthday cake in years. There was one sad incident when I made my own birthday cake. We won’t talk about that.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I really don’t want a birthday cake. I’m just not much of a birthday cake person. There are a lot of other things that I’d rather have. Which brings me to a story. A baby-Christina story. [Read more...]

Banana Tarte Tatin

So here I am, it’s Monday, and I am all psyched out to share an awesome cake with you. I’m serious about Monday Cake Day. I made this for dinner tonight erm, I mean, for after dinner… who would eat this for dinner?! Oh, certainly not me. Breakfast maybe, but not dinner.

ANYWAY, as I’m getting ready to tell you all about it, I start realizing this may not be an actual cake. I mean, it looks like a cake, but technically, is it? I have a sneaking suspicion that is this actually *gasp*… a tart. Which should seem quite obvious when you look at the name. But really, it is terribly difficult that Cake Day falls on the first day of the week when my brain hasn’t quite gotten back into the swing of things. These are things we will have to flesh out on subsequent Cake Days, though, because I have to get around to telling you about the Banana Tarte Tatin. [Read more...]

Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

So, I was super excited to tell you about this amazing, simple recipe for one of the best tomato sauces I’ve ever had.  And then I googled it, to make it easier for me to include here, instead of typing it out from the cookbook.  Turns out I’m kind of late to the party.  Everyone and their mother has been talking about how awesome this sauce is, since, like, before I was born.  Ok, then.  [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Muffins


Bananas are tricky.  They look so innocent in the store, and they are cheap and yummy looking and you think things like, “Bananas would be good to have in my cereal in the morning.”

But then you get them home, and it turns out you don’t eat cereal in the morning. Like… ever.  And as much as you like the idea of eating a banana as a snack, it just doesn’t come to fruition.  Especially when you have snacks like this or this around.

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Mortadella Smear

Do you have fancy dinner parties?  With hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and stuff?  Where women wear high heels and do their hair?

Yeah, me neither.  But sometimes, I see a recipe somewhere, and really, really wish I did.  All of a sudden, I wish I was fabulous and sent out invitations to my glamorous friends and asked them to join me for an evening of sparkling conversation and overall classiness.  Alas, I’m just not there. [Read more...]

Tilapia Saltimboca

I have a little rule of thumb when it comes to dealing with cooking disasters/disastrously boring food.  Are you ready for it?  Here it is:

Wrap it in bacon.

That’s all.  Don’t even act surprised, because it’s pretty much a scientific fact that you can make anything taste good if you wrap it in bacon, cook it in bacon grease, or sprinkle some bacon crumbles on top.  Dry chicken?  Check.  Marginally too-healthy salad?  Check? Sticks that you picked up off the ground in the back yard?  Check.  Anything, people.     [Read more...]

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Hi guys.

I know. Mondays are hard.  The week kind of yawns out in front of you, and you kind of get the feeling that nothing worthwhile is really going to happen until next a whole FIVE days from now, except e-mails and phone calls and maybe the dog will get into the garbage again to give you a little break from cleaning up normal house messes and making boring sandwiches to eat at work and…

Sometimes it’s just too much to bear.  So, without further ado, I am instituting Monday Cake Day.  Have you ever had a day that wasn’t vastly improved by either making or eating a cake?  I think not.  Because I really think that sometimes, it not necessarily eating cake that makes me so happy (although, let’s be honest, it makes me pretty darn happy), but making a cake that really brightens my mood.  Maybe it’s that when you make a cake, you’re anticipating a celebration.  Or maybe it’s something about the way it makes the whole house smell like vanilla and butter.  All I know is, there is no way making a cake can end in grumpiness. [Read more...]

Baked Kale Chips


So, I’ve been hearing this crazy rumor going around about kale chips.  To hear some people tell it, you can toss kale with a little olive oil, bake it for a few minutes, and the result is something very similar in taste and texture to a… get this… potato chip.  The whole thing sounds a little too good to be true, but… what if it is true? [Read more...]