Tomato Gruyere Herb Toasts

As has already been stated, I live for summer tomatoes. This is a simple but so dang satisfying summer appetizer/side/lunch/way to consume a whole loaf of bread by yourself when no one is watching. Ingredients: Best loaf of crusty bread you can find. Best summer tomatoes you can find. Gruyere cheese. Dry basil Dry oregano…

Shrimp Salad

We had Peel and Eat Shrimp last night. Honestly, it wasn’t that good, which helps explain why there were three lonely shrimp sitting in the refrigerator this morning. I really didn’t relish the idea of them as leftovers, so I did what you do to any food you want to boost the flavor of, add…

Broiled Salmon: Episode 1

If you read our “About Us” section, you’re aware that this blog will have a repeating edition: the extraordinarily-simple-yet-somehow-completely-unattainable, Dad’s Broiled Salmon. We don’t know how he does it. We’ve watched, a million times. He’s talked us through it, a million times. We’ve tried different ovens, different cuts of salmon, different temperatures………in the end, I’m…

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

This is one of our dad’s favorite dishes to order when we go out for Vietnamese food, and I’ve spent a few years trying to get even remotely close to how good it is at Rice and Noodles (should you find yourself in Lancaster, PA, do yourself a favor and go there). This is my white-girl,…

Boozy Berry Lemonade

This cocktail was served at my wedding and so deserves to be the first entry in Liquid Courage. Like all good things, it takes a little bit of before-hand work, and then is easy and forgiving from there on out. Don’t be deterred by making the berry simple syrup, and I actually even like to…

Carrot Tahini Salad

Buying big bags of carrots always seems like a good idea when I need one or two for something, and then the rest always languish till I run out of fridge space and decide it’s time for carrot salad. This recipe is like a fresher, less traditional version of carrot salad (which I think of…

Grilled Kale Salad

Grilling kale may sound like the most obnoxious hipster unnecessary culinary way to ruin a perfectly wonderful vegetable…but let the grill masters hate, it steals the show. Ingredients: (serves 4 adults as a side dish) 2 bunches of Lacinto Kale Olive oil 1/4 cup Plain greek yogurt 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped…

Tabouleh, tabbouli, tabouli, or taboulah

I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, which is home to Lebanese Taverna – the food establishment I miss most in the whole world. I’ve tried to make tabouleh the way they do for years, and it’s never quite as good. But, it’s still worth making (and even more worth going to Arlington and eating theirs…)….

Caprese a.k.a. Summer’s #1 Gift

99% of why I like summer is tomato season. The other 1% is day drinking near or in various bodies of water. But really, tomatoes. There’s no real recipe here, it’s just buy some beautiful tomatoes, cut them up, add some fresh mozzarella, pile on some other things you like, and sop it all up…