Summer Veggies Served Over Gnocchi

Hi, Sandra here! I wanted to share with you a quick-and-easy summer vegetable dish served over homemade gnocchi… Following a trip to our local farmers’ market, I selected some just-picked organic yellow squash, Maryland Eastern Shore tomatoes, and sweet onions to toss together a last-minute dinner. Before cooking, I made a quick run to our…

Celebrate Summer with Sandra’s Grilled Corn Salad

To begin, soak your favorite wood chips to prep them for the grill. I used apple wood this time, but there are assorted fragrant wood chip varieties available at Whole Foods, Home D, pot and many other stores. They should soak about 30-60 minutes while you’re preparing the corn salad ingredients. Char the outside of…

Black Pepper Pappardelle Topped with Fresh Soft-Boiled Egg

Have you ever craved pasta for brunch? Hi, it’s Sandra. I am almost embarrassed to post another pasta recipe, but this one is so extremely easy and quick I thought I’d add it to our SisterFeast blog.         If you have a Sous Vide stick, it’s nice to have soft-boiled eggs simmering…

Birthday Soiree

  Hi–Sandra here! As our SisterFeast blog continues to evolve, you’ll see that we love to host intimate dinner parties. When the weather cooperates, it’s nice to serve wine and apps on the deck and dessert on the porch. Typically, though, everyone lines up along the kitchen bar to enjoy appetizers as Jay pours and…

Homemade Ricotta–you’ll never want to buy it again!

Who knew making your own ricotta cheese could be so simple and simply foolproof?! Sandra here! I love to purchase ricotta cheese at Italian delis in my area but I never realized how easy it is to make…. Prepare a colander by layering it with cheesecloth and place it over a large bowl. Ingredients 2…

Ragu of Chicken, Spring Vegetables and Rigatoni

Hi all, Laura here: Yesterday, after a week away and eating in restaurants, I was craving a home cooked meal. I headed straight to the grocery store to restock the fridge and found some amazing looking fennel, leeks and super beautiful swiss chard. I also picked up some rigatoni and immediately thought about comfort food, so…

Pan-Roasted Root Veggies & Butternut Squash with Tangy Caper Dressing

…with a tip of the chef’s hat to Yotam Ottolenghi! Sandra here! I pulled another “McGyver in the kitchen” the other night… Once again, pondering what I could create for dinner without a trip to the store, I found the following in my fridge and pantry: a large butternut squash, 2 white sweet potatoes, 5…

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

I have been making shrimp scampi for family and friends for more years than I care to remember and have shared my recipe often. Last night, our neighborhood friends Chris and Kelly joined us for dinner and, since it was the end of a busy week, I went with my tried-and-true old favorite. No stress…

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos

My daughter Amanda calls me “Macgyver of the Kitchen” because even when our fridge and pantry are relatively low on supplies, I usually manage to whip up something interesting. Last night was one of those nights… I rummaged around and found white sweet potatoes, a can of black beans, a fresh jalapeno pepper, one red…

On Losing Lucky Peach

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Lucky Peach magazine. But if you aren’t familiar with this great publication, you may never be. Lucky Peach is closing down and there are only two issues of this quarterly publication left.  I suggest you grab them when you can. This is their latest…