I come from a food-loving Greek and Irish family of amazing cooks. I received my bachelor's degree in journalism from UMass Amherst, where I wrote food stories for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and contributed to Yankee Magazine's Best New England Recipes. Along with Fine Cooking I write for Yankee, Edible Rhody and Artisan Kitchen. I play with cheese, chocolate and olives all day long at my job as a specialty team member and culinary demonstrator for Whole Foods Market. I love to cook without recipes and combine savory ingredients with sweet ones. I also cry at the end of tomato season when forced to break up with my summer fling, the caprese salad.
These soft pretzels are bite-sized and addictive, not to mention very easy to make.
In celebration of National Peanut Butter Day, a blog that's all about the creamy, nutty stuff we love.
There are few things more decadent than a rich, crispy leg of duck confit. Here are a few simple steps to making it at home.
Parents, rejoice! Let your kids play with their food and they just might start liking their fruits and veggies.
A fresh take on tuna salad for all you mayo-haters out there.
Don't jump to health extremes this year. Instead, make wholesome, delicious changes to your diet that you can maintain.
Salted caramel, pretzels, brown butter. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a cookie?
This homemade chocolate spread is smooth and rich, the perfect treat to give and enjoy this holiday season.
These skillet dinners couldn't be simpler for a quick weeknight meal or a comfy weekend at home.
It may not be covered in flowers and fondant, but this cake is rustic, beautiful and unlike most other baked treats.
This pork takes a walk on the sweet side with the help of a thick caramel glaze.
Is it possible? Yes, it is. Here are a few delicious recipes to empty out your fridge in a snap.
Try this twist on an old classic for your Thanksgiving dessert display.
Roasted parsnips give this soup a sweet, buttery flair.
Butternut squash, mushrooms, bacon and paprika give this pot pie a whole new meaning.
These knobby-knuckled witch finger cookies are as spooky as they are delicious.
Earthy, meaty flavors take this risotto to the next level.
As the weather cools down, our comfort food cravings go up. Here is a simple mac and cheese that fits the bill, any night of the week.
October is American Cheese Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the beautiful bounty of artisan cheeses made in the United States.
This soup is perfect for a cool fall day as it incorporates all those quintessential fall flavors.
One of our favorite bloggers has a fresh, creative use for all those green tomatoes cluttering your garden.
Grapes and goat cheese create a perfect pairing in this unexpected side dish.
If there's one thing I love about fall it's apple cider donuts. There's nothing like a fresh, hot, cakey ring to dip in some spiced cider on a crisp fall afternoon.
With work and school picking right back up where it left off for most people, grabbing lunch on-the-go seems like an easy choice. Save money and calories with these quick lunch ideas.
Though fall is still a week away, this winter squash guide will have you ready for cooler weather and heartier cooking in no time.
Homemade fruit leather is a great alternative to those artificially colored and flavored fruit snacks your kids see in the brown bags of other students at school.
Visiting local farmers markets is one of your best bets when travelling, according to a favorite food blogger of ours.
Back-to-school season means busy schedules and, often times, buying packaged store-bought snacks to have on the go. If you're in the mood to bake or have a few extra minutes on your hands, these hand pies will have kids and adults alike forgetting all about those silver-wrapped toaster pastries.
This watermelon soda float is a great drink to serve at your Labor Day cookout this weekend. Think of it as one last ode to summer.
A few words about a classically trained, budding young blogger with a passion for health, wellness and of course, food.
Zucchini and summer squash aren't the only delights coming out of your garden right now. Those delicate yellow blossoms lingering on your squash plants are edible and the perfect vessel for rich, creamy goat cheese.
This salad is hearty and full of nutrient-dense ingredients to offset some of your other (hopefully not too unhealthy) summer indulgences.
This cool cucumber soup is a great recipe for utilizing all those garden-fresh cucumbers.
Ever wonder how those side-of-the-box recipes actually taste? Here's a blog that puts them to the test.
This beautiful panna cotta highlights sweet summer corn in all the right places.
Even when summer gives us the best produce imaginable, some kids won't even think about eating a slice of heirloom tomato. Here's some advice on how to feed your picky eater, courtesy of one of our favorite bloggers.
This Brooklyn-based blog features beautiful recipes that always focus on seasonal produce.
Okay, maybe not, but this cool, creamy and protein-rich dip is great for summer snacking and watching the Olympic games.
This ice cream is sinful, and so is this blog. Phyllis is a hilarious foodie with tons of talent to share.
A flavorful salad that features the sweetest summer peaches and vibrant fresh herbs.
The Bitten Word is here to put all your food magazine recipes to the test.
Cherries and almonds work their perfect-pairing magic in these sweet, crumbly muffins.
You didn't expect me to let summer pass without at least one caprese salad (of sorts) post, did you?
This dish is full of fresh summer flavors like sweet, juicy apricots, cool mint and crisp scallions.
Treat your guests to delicious homemade burger buns during the rest of your holiday festivities this weekend.
This recipe compilation covers all the bases from drinks to dessert and everything in between.
Garlic scapes are an under-appreciated vegetable that can add wonderful flavor to all kinds of dishes.
This Greek kebab holds a special place in my heart and is also, coincidentally, perfect for summer grilling.
These crisp, fresh spring rolls will cool you down, especially with a dipping sauce that will make you sweat!
This cold tomato gazpacho will keep you and your kitchen cool on these stiflingly hot summer days.
Father's Day is this weekend. Why not finish off your Dad's Day dinner with something sweet?
Looking for a new theme for your next party? How about single-bite dishes that look amazing and are full of flavor?
This simple pizza dough will carry you through the entire summer with endless pizza possibilities.
As the weather gets warmer we start to crave sweet, cold treats. These ice pops pay homage to childhood favorites, while adding more adult flavors (and glassware) into the mix.
This is the perfect breakfast for summer. It's light and satisfying, full of fresh vegetables, healthy proteins and spices that will wake up you and your taste buds.
This is a great way to savor those (finally) delicious tomatoes you'll find in your market around late spring and early summer. Fresh ricotta adds a bit of creamy richness.
This corn salad is the perfect summery side to serve next to all those grilled, meaty treats this Memorial Day.
What's Memorial Day without a plump, juicy hamburger? This classic summertime treat is sure to please all the meat-lovers at your cookout this weekend.
Yes, you read that right. Step aside potatoes and kale, because fennel is a new favorite when it comes to making chips at home.
Turn ripe strawberries and juicy blood oranges into sweet, vibrant jams and marmalades that will have you tasting springtime all year long.
Rhubarb is at its peak right now. These recipes will show you how to turn those tart stalks into something sweet and magical.
This Mother's Day, make your mom a beautiful brunch she'll never forget.
A collection of Mexican-inspired recipes for your upcoming weekend fiesta, courtesy of The Talking Kitchen.
This frittata is full of crunchy zucchini, peas that pop, salty feta and refreshing mint.
Roasted asparagus, poached eggs, rustic bread and a warm bacon vinaigrette. What's not to like about this tartine with a twist?
These steamed clams get a tart flavor punch from mirin and lime and are balanced with a bit of cool cucumber.
This simple, rustic pasta dish highlights the rich flavors of rabbit with a foil of brightness thanks to seasonal alliums, ramps and spring garlic.
This blackberry soda is a great beverage to serve at a spring barbeque or picnic. It's fresh, simple and can be dressed up for adults or served as-is for children.
Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month? This twist on a classic will have you seeing green beneath those griddle marks.
Not sure what to do with all those leftover Easter eggs? Forget that mayonnaise-laden egg salad! Go green and throw some eggs on top.
These two incredible Easter recipes are the kinds you thought only existed in your dreams. Herb stenciled Easter eggs? You heard right!
With the bounty of fresh produce coming into season now, sorbet is the perfect way to showcase your favorite springtime flavors.
Here's a lovely pizza recipe complete with curly strands of shaved asparagus, fresh mozzarella, garlic and herbs.
This cauliflower gets its kick from an interesting spice mix and a good roast in the oven.
This mango chutney is the ideal condiment for grilled meats and seafood and can even be used to sweeten up a traditional grilled cheese sandwich.
Preserving lemons is easier than you might think. All you need is lemons, salt and a nice big jar.
When you can have a buttery hot loaf of Irish soda bread instead!
Irish or not, I'm sure we're all familiar with things getting a little saucy on St. Patrick's Day.
There's more to eggs than just being a morning breakfast staple. Here's everything you need to know about using eggs in baking.
Crisp batter, salty fries. Why not make your own classic pub food this St. Patrick's Day?
No...not my kitchen, silly. She's another Alexandra who just happens to love food and cooking as much as I do.
This recipe is perfect for Lent. It's meat-free, yet hearty and full of flavor.
Sweet, salty and a little sticky, this popcorn will keep your guests munching happily through the Oscars, awkward music cut-offs and all.
These light, fluffy puffs of fried dough are a classic Mardi Gras treat, especially if you're giving up sweets later this week.
This velvety pea soup is flavored with bright lemon zest and garnished with earthy walnuts. It's an ideal winter pick-me-up.
Who says you can't have your chocolate and flowers AND eat them too?
Not sure what to do with all those leftover baked beans from your Superbowl party? Toss this hearty skillet meal together in minutes and you'll have a tasty and satisfying meal all in one pan.
This sandwich is sure to become a staple in your arsenal of hangover cures. Don't worry, you'll thank me later.
They're creamy, crunchy, buttery and salty all in one bite. Snack them on their own or dip away!
These two twenty-something gals have a super spread of dips, perfect for the big game.
Though the inspiration for this dish may be Korean, these slow-cooked short ribs are packed with traditional Asian flavors. If you're still celebrating the first week of the Chinese New Year, give this dish a shot.
Ring in the Chinese New Year with these crispy scallion pancakes. They're perfect on their own, dipped in sauce or wrapped around just about any protein.
This salad couldn't be simpler. Think of it as a deconstructed scramble or omelet and you'll quickly add it to your list of breakfast favorites.
Spanish-style tapas are a great way to entertain. The small plates and individual bites of food pack bold flavors and allow you to try a little bit of everything while comfortably mingling and chatting with friends.
This simple casserole-style gratin makes use of all those little bits you may have hiding in your fridge.
This vibrant soup gets some oomph from rich, homemade chicken stock and piles of greens and peas.
Braciole is a classic Italian dish of stuffed and rolled beef braised in a hearty tomato-based sauce. Make some this weekend for the whole family to enjoy.
This raw kale salad is full of nutrients and flavor--the perfect start to a healthier New Year.
These balsamic roasted beets and carrots from Sprouted Kitchen are gussied up with a rustic spinach sauce.
Just in time for the peak of citrus season, this technique is not as difficult as you think.
...White wine warming up your nose! (Get it?)
And a food-lover's gift guide too!
There's nothing like giving a homemade gift for the holidays, especially when it's hot cocoa. This version incorporates maple sugar for a depth of flavor unlike traditional hot cocoa mixes.
These two-bite potatoes are ideal for a simple and healthy holiday appetizer.
Bacon meets sea bass. Enough said.
This blog is one of the coolest I've seen, simply because it offers something different. Besides, who doesn't love a good sandwich?
Omelets work for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they're not as scary to make as everyone thinks. You'll be delighted to learn this easy technique. But don't put ketchup on these eggs...seriously.
Now that you gorged yourself and have been nursing a food hangover all weekend, here are a few healthy-eating tips from a registered dietitian. Smoothie in a bowl anyone?
A thank you to all of those bloggers who have made this blog happen!
The big day is right around the corner but there's no need to freak. These 16 tips will turn you into an entertaining expert ready to tackle Thanksgiving any day of the year.
With your turkey dinner as the main event on Thanksgiving, why not keep your appetizers simple? All you need are a few interesting cheeses and condiments and you'll be entertaining in no time.
Pairing wines with your Thanksgiving feast can be a daunting task, but fear no more because we've got some easy and (cheap!) Turkey Day wine pairings.
This dazzling pomegranate spritzer makes for the perfect before-dinner beverage at any holiday party and is a great for kids of all ages.
Don't embarrass your turkey with sloppy sides! Follow a few simple tips and tricks for the perfect Thanksgiving day mashed potatoes. Trust me, your turkey will thank you.
These whole grain pumpkin pancakes sing with the flavors of fall. Plus, they add a boost of nutrition to your usual breakfast routine.
Did you eat too much candy this Halloween? No problem! Tonight, try this gorgeous pizza topped with sweet potato, kale and red onion for dinner. Yay vitamins!
What's better than a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold night? Chicken gnocchi soup, of course!
This whoopie pie recipe includes fresh apples, a cream cheese filling and spices galore. It's a serious twist on a classic, perfect for fall.