Zucchini has been a longtime favorite veggie of mine, but until recently, I never dabbled with adding it to my baked treats. But I came across more than one recipe for zucchini bread lately and I’m all for getting in a little green wherever possible, so this proved a worthwhile kitchen experiment! The shredded zucchini was almost undetectable thanks to the dark cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate, though it added a perfectly moist texture to these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.
I know a lot of people bemoan the abundance of zucchini during the summer, but I personally love it! Zucchini is such a delicious and versatile vegetable. From delicious Chocolate Chip-Zucchini Loaf to Stuffed Zucchini Boats, there are a million tasty ways to enjoy it!
Full disclosure: I’m not a vegetarian. But the more I dabble in meatless dishes, the more I appreciate them. The subtle veggie flavors. The crisp-tender or meltingly soft textures. The savings from removing meat from my grocery bill. (That last one perhaps most of all!) Continue reading
For years I struggled to completely wrap each noodle around my fork, just like they do in the movies. The end result was never picture-perfect and inevitably, a splash of sauce would find its way into my eye or onto my clothes. It was at a small café in Florence that I was first served my pasta with a fork and spoon. With the help of a spoon, I could tightly and accurately wrap my linguine, spaghetti and angel hair pasta into a twirl so flawless it was almost a shame to eat it. Undeniably, when it comes to cooking and eating, the right utensils make for a much more enjoyable experience. Continue reading
Unless you’ve been living under a recipe rock lately, you must have seen a million recipes for “pasta” that involve shredding vegetables into spaghetti-shape heaps. I’m all in favor of this trend. I’ll take flavorful sauces (and a little cheese) however I can get them, but I don’t have space for one more kitchen contraption—or the patience to clean it. So I say skip that. Here are my top pasta-but-not-actually-pasta recipes you can make with the tools in your kitchen right now (i.e., a knife). Continue reading
You know that moment when you walk into the farmers’ market and you’re almost overwhelmed by all the glorious fruits and veggies piled up everywhere you look? Yeah, we’re there. If my trip to the farmers’ market last weekend is any indication, we’ve hit peak produce production. I highly recommend grabbing the extra-large tote, then taking a trip to see and taste everything your local farmers have to offer. Be on the lookout for these six amazing fruits and veggies, then come home and enjoy my favorite ways to make them shine. Continue reading
Recently I bought a tank top that promised I could roll out of bed in it, then wear to yoga, then on to brunch. Fascinated, I held it in my hand, imagining how whimsical and lighthearted my life would be once I slipped it over my head. That night, I wore my new tank top to bed, only to have my plan derailed the next morning when I overslept for my yoga class and no one invited me to brunch. In any case, all this is to explain why I am enamored of zucchini. The versatility! This summer, embrace your bumper crop of zucchini with these non-boring and tasty ways to chop, grate and bake that ubiquitous summer veggie. Zucchini, you’re everything I want you to be…and more. Continue reading