Saturday night dinner

Trev and I finally went to a little Italian market in D.C. that we’ve been wanting to go to. It’s called A Litteri and sells fresh mozzarella, mascarpone, jars of olives and pickled peppers, anchovies, a million different kinds of pasta and a million-and-one bottles of wine. It was fun to look around, and we picked … More Saturday night dinner

Weeknight Dinners: Sweet potato and spinach wraps

“I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.” – Roland A. Browne Here at the end of summer, the garden is really only yielding tomatoes and a few herbs. Like last year, my goal in future gardening endeavors is to always increase my yield. I need more space! Or more … More Weeknight Dinners: Sweet potato and spinach wraps

Homemade Crackers

While getting ideas for fresh and interesting dinners, I love reading food blogs. A few of my tabs include: Oh She Glows, Lauren Conrad’s dining section, Green Kitchen Stories, Tasty Yummies, The Realistic Nutritionist, and my favorite, My New Roots. Last week, I tried a homemade cracker recipe from My New Roots for a change of pace. … More Homemade Crackers

Progress and Pizza

I have enjoyed my easy recipe for homemade pizza dough as found in The Heart of the Plate cookbook by Mollie Katzen. The low-maintenance recipe contains just flour, yeast, salt, water, olive oil and about an hour and a half of your time. It is rare that I love the swampy weather of D.C., but when I set my … More Progress and Pizza

Using fresh basil

Yes I know that basil is the most cliché of herbs and that I talk about it a lot. Just like Italian restaurants are popular date spots and Honolulu is the standard for a nice vacation. But mozzarella and lounging on the beach with a Pina Colada are well-loved for a reason, so I will indulge my affinity for that popular … More Using fresh basil


My 11 a.m. stints of watering and weeding are always accompanied by the smoky smell of delicious barbecue. Kenny’s Smokehouse on the corner benefits from the stand-still heat of a D.C. summer. Both Capitol Hill and Eastern Market residents can smell the sweetness hanging in the air as soon as they step outside.

Fields of basil

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly cut basil in the summertime to make me dream of living in southern Italy. I was particularly inspired when I walked outside on my back porch this week and found this: With a whole night off and a pot full of this Italian sunshine, I decided to break … More Fields of basil