Yemeni Lahoh Wraps

These simple Yemeni Lahoh wraps are cripsy on the outside and soft within. Full recipe on

For a stretch of about a year and a half I felt like I had been to Israel a million times. It seemed like every Jewish person I knew was going on Birthright and heading Israel for 10 days with a bunch of strangers. Like clockwork there would be the obligatory "Going to Israel today!" post on Facebook and then depending on the wi-fi situation, either radio silence for a week or artistic shots of desserts, hummus, and group pictures with their new BEST FRIENDS.

Easy Creamy Queso

Like Alton Brown, I don't believe in kitchen unitaskers. I hate walking the aisles of a store and seeing knives just for avocados, or a machine that bakes mini cupcakes in a contraption that looks like a George Foreman grill, or a maze-like brownie pan that promises extra crispy edges.

Cannoli Tart

A slice of Cannoli Tart is the perfect snack. Full recipe on

What do you bring to a job interview? When I was trying to get a job at a radio station in Delaware I arrived at my interview with a folder full of college newspaper clippings and a story I specifically did for the interview about a mushroom festival. Then when I went on the job interview from hell in Johnstown, Pennsylvania I shot a news piece about the local economy. When I broke up with news and got myself a regular job, I brought this cannoli tart to a second interview.

Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy

There is one question you need to ask yourself at brunch. Ok, maybe two if you need to pick Bloody Mary or Mimosa, but I don't like Bloody Mary's.  The important question is: How much of a food coma can I be in after brunch? This is especially important when brunching at Morning Glory in Philly. The line for a table is always long and the space inside is never enough for the amount of people eating, but the food. Oh the food. It is exactly what you need after a night out. But you need to decide if this a breakfast that will restore you and jumpstart a day of virtuous activity or if you will shuffle back to your bed and watch episodes of Sex and the City with the commentary while sipping a mimosa. If sloth status is in your future and the specials menu has it, order the biscuits and gravy. The gravy is a creamy blanket of love studded with sausage, and it keeps fluffy biscuits warm with its porky love. It is a brick that your stomach needs to have. It is the [Read more...]

Parmesan Popcorn

Cheesy Parmesan Popcorn. Full recipe on

I've been on a popcorn binge lately. It started with an unassuming lunch at the Waterfront Hotel in Fell's Point, which is not actually a hotel but a restaurant. I love their "Build-Your-Own" burgers and was ready to blurt out my order when the waitress sidled up to the table and listed the specials for the day. "It's lunch so it's 20% off the bill and we have a great butternut squash soup with a side of popcorn."

Kale and Mint Salad

Bright herbs make this kale and mint salad a wintry treat

If you like something or someone and tell me a million reasons why they are great, I will automatically hate anything involved with what you're telling me. This is why I've never listened to Serial, watched Breaking Bad or liked your new friend that you met after me.

Saag Paneer and a love for leftovers

Saag Paneer topped with a runny egg

When it comes to cheesemaking, I am 2 for 3. Dreamy ricotta came together with the insurance policy of heavy cream to help hold it together, but an attempt at mozzarella from a kit I ordered from Amazon died a hundred deaths. That attempt ended in me loudly banging pots and quietly muttering to myself while I was left with cloudy hot water, burnt fingertips and no mozzarella for pizza night. Hello emergency trip to Harris Teeter. My latest non-meltdown and major cheese success is a squeaky paneer that got dropped in a sauce of greens for saag paneer.