How to Build an Entire Meal on a Humble Sheet Pan by me is up on Food52 and because it’s Monday morning I’m hoping this article will provide some dinner direction for the week.

Whether you are searching for a way to cook an unusual CSA vegetable, prepare fish for a crowd, or assemble a meal ahead of time, sheet pan dinners are your answer. And once you start crafting your own combinations of protein, vegetable, herbs, and sauce, you will be hooked on this foolproof technique.

Here, I’ll share 12 tips for getting started, some basic time and temperature guidelines to abide by, a few time-saving ideas, and two simple roast chicken sheet pan recipes. (If a roast chicken dinner two-ways isn’t a good place to start, then I don’t know what is.)…click here to read the whole story.


Photos by Elizabeth Cecil.



Want to freeze summer? Me too.



Last week I shared this Edible Flower Ice on The Chalkboard Mag. Here is a gallery of the photos but click here for the full project and directions.









My mom made this dressing, then my sister made it, then I made it and I keep making it. I think my new obsession with Tahini-Yogurt-Ginger Dressing is a response to the generous bowls of garden fresh veggies our neighbor drops off and those I happily buy at the bi-weekly farmer’s market. If you happen to be drowning in cherry tomatoes, greens, or really any vegetable at all, I suggest drizzling this creamy sauce overtop and digging in. I imagine it is just as good brushed across grilled chicken, steak, or mixed into potato salad. In fact, I’m certain it would taste great on almost anything.


Tahini-Yogurt-Ginger Dressing from this collection of summer dressings

Makes about 1 cup

2 tablespoon Greek yogurt

2 tablespoon tahini

2 tablespoon minced scallions or chives

3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

Salt and freshly ground pepper

5 tablespoons lemon juice

8 tablespoons olive oil

In a bowl or jar, mix the yogurt, tahini, scallions and ginger. Add salt and pepper and then the lemon juice and olive oil. Stir or shake until thick and smooth.




Today I’m sharing my latest work for Food52, a perfect August dinner plan and the story behind it. 

Carnitas Tacos: Proof that Your Slow Cooker Deserves Summer Love

Here we are in the dog days of summer, the last hurrah, the final stretch. As a mother to two young boys, these remaining weeks of August are celebrated almost as grandly as Christmas. We head to Grandma’s beach house, settle in, and try to forget the impending backpacks and lunchboxes.

But as any busy parent knows, “vacation” with kids is not all frosé and beach reads. No, vacation with little ones is a full-on Olympic sport: Sleep is thrown off, thousand of pounds of beach toys are lugged down steamy paths, and regular routines are shaken up…(click here to read the full story and get the recipe.)