I came home from substitute teaching with an intense craving for eggs. I know I said lentils were one of my lovers, but eggs are up there. At least today. At least right now. On a typical Sunday I might cook a few veggies, a grain, a soup, a slow cooker meat and some muffin tin frittatas to get me through the week ofRead More
Every Sunday with what could be considered a religious practice, since cooking is my religion, I step into my kitchen to cook. It’s light cooking for the week - nothing crazy - only me and a bunch of vegetables, Billy Ocean and many smiles as I chop, roast, saute and do dishes. I spend about 90 minutes to 3 hours in the kitchen to setRead More
I love lentils and I’ve had a lifelong obsession with them. My personal lentil memories span from school lunches my mom and grandma would pack - to making them for the first time on my own during the summer I moved to the farm in Connecticut. Yes, the summer of my 75 lb weight loss that turned into a 150 lb weight loss was fueled by cooking lentils.Read More
I was going to title this piece My Biscuits Bring All the Boys to the Yard, but I am not a liar. I am a gentlewoman and a champion of the truth, so you should know that my yard could not be more empty and it is filled with biscuits baked for friends and leftovers for myself.Read More
Although I cannot promote these cookies from a health standpoint - they’re loaded with butter, potato chips, pretzels, peanut butter and white chocolate chips - I can tell you they are holiday cookie swap award winning. I just took home a Starbucks gift card for having won my friends 2018 cookie swap.Read More
When I was growing up and still, to this day, my mother makes a carrot cake that is to die for. As a child I would sneak slices in the middle of the night while no one was watching; it was just me, my carrot cake and Arsenio. I imagined I’d one day make it on my own, that I wouldn’t have to eat it alone in secret or in shame and that day came.Read More
Post Thanksgiving you might have one of two thoughts …
What can I do with leftovers?
I’m done with food and I’m battening down the hatchets until Christmas cookies are thrust upon me!
Lately, I feel like it’s a miracle I’m even cooking. My spirits have been struggling, my energy low, although I’m working to wear smiles on the outside. After a day of substitute teaching, I sometimes want to close my eyes and nap, but most days I confront the light, my kitchen and make peace with myself.Read More
I closed in on a quick granola for the yogurt, muffin, oatmeal and fruit topping win! And I baked some apples that were looking sad in my fridge! Most days in my kitchen, cooking is about using what I’ve got in order to survive hunger, mealtime and loneliness. Lemme not go down the emotion path and keep this on the quick cooking tip!Read More
In a celebration of food and friendship, which if you ask me is the me is the main reason to revel in every day we’re blessed to be on this earth, last night I made soup for dinner. Not just any soup, but a soup that harkens the fondest of childhood memories alongside my mother and father in an old world Brooklyn that no longer exists.Read More
A client of mine recently asked if muffins were ok to eat and particularly on a weekend because her son loves them. My answer, absolutely. Yes and yes. All food is all good; however, the challenge may come to eating it with balance in mind. That was always my own challenge and still is.Read More
My grandmother used to make a sauce from Birds Eye frozen winter squash. Bright orange, garlicky, cheesy in flavor, silken in texture - I can still picture the way the thick sauce coated broken pieces of pasta in the bottomless bowls she served on a weeknight. The summer I went to live on the farm in Connecticut, I spent half the time recreating her lentils and the other half perfecting this sauce.Read More
These banana almond cacao cookies came about from a few brown bananas, a quiet morning sipping tea and a need to go slow and recover from the week. They’re totally passable for breakfast, you know, being as they’re made with flax meal, bananas and almonds. A simple breakfast cookie that can be frozen and grabbed on the goRead More
Today I had my favorite kind of day; a day spent cooking with a kind hearted, hard working and beautifully spirited client I can call my friend. My clients aren’t people I work for, they’re people I consider friends and those I teach and learn from through shared experiences. Julie and I spent 4 hours in the kitchen making soup, sauce,Read More
There are few things I find as warming as a bowl of soup and as comforting as pasta. I love foods that make me feel satisfied, a lot of texture, hearty and that stick to my insides. I need to stay padded for winter, you see. Grains are up on my list of foods I try to fit in a few days a week into at least one meal. From buckwheat to quinoa, cousRead More
I’ve just now realized it’s Halloween weekend and I’m home on a Saturday night in a solo soup slurping contest with myself. I like to keep it really real.
3 reasons to stay in, stay safe and Saturday night soup when you’re 38:Read More
Today it was 65 degrees and gloomy all day in NYC. A slight chill was in the air, a slight chill only soup could solve. I’ve been on somewhat of a grind to find work, so I’m a little slow in body and mind these days, but still feel happy and pretty hopeful overall. It’s when I step into my kitchen to cook that the most hope fills me up.Read More
Because, sometimes, a spicy beef bowl is so necessary and so simple to put together on a Thursday night after long day of work. I’m still working, who are we kidding because having 3 jobs ain’t easy. Being single means you can work all night if you don’t give yourself a time to stop and working from home means you do this inRead More
Little Frankie’s in NYC makes a fantastic whole roasted eggplant, served with a giant douse of oil and warm bread - the charred skinned and soft flesh of the eggplant separate; allowing the oily eggplant goodness to be spread all over a thick slice…Read More
On Monday I gave you a recipe for one of my three ways with eggplant, and I’m doing this so the cook that I know lives inside of you can start to look at their food a little differently. The concept of Three Ways with Tina was born out of my long term singleness, weight loss maintenance and joy of cooking; creating and shedding newRead More