Apple Oat Muffins | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Grated apples, peels and all, make for snack-worthy muffins.

Simple Sundays | Apple Oat Muffins

“Squirrel!” My family loves to exclaim this with as much gusto as Dug in the movie Up. I’ve been hearing them call “squirrel” more frequently the last couple of days, and it brings a smile to my...

09-19-14-Five Little Things | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week (be warned, there’s a lot of videos this time!): 1. Fast Forward It’s official. I want to fast forward to fall. I think I am officially done with flip flops...

Buttermilk-Gruyere Biscuit Topped Shepherd's Pie | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Simple, comforting, and so easy to make!

Buttermilk-Gruyere Biscuit Topped Shepherd’s Pie

The evenings are a little bit brisker. The mornings are a little bit darker. And the afternoons are a whole lot busier. Now that my children are back in school, our days move at a more frenetic...

Chipotle Pulled Pork Bruschetta with Queso Fresco | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A hearty appetizer with zesty kick!

Chipotle Pulled Pork Bruschetta with Queso Fresco

My goal is to have leftovers. “Whaaaat?” you say? Crazy talk? Oh no. I’m all about cooking once, eating twice. Or trying to, at least. If there are leftovers, packing lunches for my family is a whole...

Homemade Vanilla Extract | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Homemade vanilla is easy to make and makes a wonderful present!

Simple Sundays | Homemade Vanilla Extract

The rustle of leaves on the ground and the cool breeze of the morning coax me into the kitchen. When autumn brings its promise of pumpkins and apples, vanilla scented muffins and maple glazed everything, I am...

Lobster Cobb Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Lobster Cobb Salad My husband had a craving. He ran to the store, came home with two beautiful lobsters, and went straight to work, steaming them. As he shelled...

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Nectarine Compote | www.kitchenconfidante.com | When the summer heat rises, no-bake is the way to go!

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Nectarine Compote

I often wax poetic about how in love I am with life in California, I imagine that sometimes it sounds like much of the same: blah blah, the farmers markets, blah blah, the avocados, the artichokes, the...

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Summer meets fall when roasted eggplants and peppers are tucked into cheesy baked ziti.

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers

Pasta feeds and pancake breakfasts – to me, the two used to go hand in hand, events of mass consumption, fundraising for a common goal. I remember volunteering at my grammar school when I was a little...

Swiss Chard with Pancetta, Corn and Cannelini Beans | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A wholesome and satisfying side dish!

Simple Sundays | Swiss Chard with Pancetta, Corn and Cannelini Beans

I walked under a ladder last Wednesday. When it comes to superstitions, I tend to scoff at them. After all, we have a lovable black cat, and umbrellas in the house make for awesome kid forts. I’ve...

09-05-14 Five Little Things | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Back to School (Night) My inner nerd came out in full force this week – call me crazy, but I LOVE Back to School Night(s)! Even if it means...

Nectarine Crumb Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Nectarine Crumb Cake + Ice Cream Birthday Cupcakes | Two-in-One Birthdays!

For my little family, birthdays begin the minute you wake up — as soon as our children open their eyes on their special day, I want them to know how huge this day is – for both...

Grilled Flank Steak and Fingerlings with Chimichurri | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Fire up the grill with this simple, tender flank steak, topped with a chunky chimichurri sauce!

Simple Sundays | Grilled Flank Steak and Fingerlings with Chimichurri

TBH. To be honest. I notice this abbreviation on my daughter’s instagram, so-called friends leaving honest (and thankfully sweet) sentiments. It took me a while to understand; this is a form of communication common to them but...

Five Little Things - August 29, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Nectarines We can’t get enough! I’m buying them by the pallet, and I can’t wait to share a delicious cake with them next week, so stay tuned. Meantime, you’ve...

Pork Belly Buns | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Pork Belly Buns + A $500 #PorkBucketList Giveaway!

The buildings tend to feel closer together in lower Manhattan, and the streets no longer make sense. The logical, planned, numbered streets and avenues are replaced by Mott St, Delancey St, Canal St, and as a little...

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Cilantro Edamame Pesto | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Pan-Roasted Halibut with Cilantro Edamame Pesto

“Did you feel that?” I can’t tell you how many times I wake in the middle of the night, 100% convinced that the house is shaking. I wake up my husband, and check my phone to confirm...