Swordfish with Summer Salad

I did a lot of cooking this summer, experimenting with new techniques, new foods, and new flavor combinations.  I had never cooked swordfish before, so one night, we decided to be adventurous and tried it on the grill.  Grilling was one of the typical ways I had heard of it being prepared (in fact that … Continue reading


Homemade Meatballs

Since buying a share of a cow, my family has a freezer full of ground beef, and I finally decided to do something more creative with it than just making hamburgers.  I made meatballs!  They’re pretty much small, well-seasoned, spherical hamburgers, but I made them even more exciting by making them for breakfast. I took … Continue reading

Avocado Salad

My family just moved into our new house in Charlottesville earlier this week, and I’ve been enjoying making fresh salads with local, Charlottesville produce.  I threw together this salad for lunch this week, and it was so delicious, I wanted to share.  It was very quick to prepare–just lots of chopping. Basically, I sliced an … Continue reading

Braised Pork Belly

Pork belly is a dish I had for the first time about a year ago.  It’s incredibly fatty, juicy, flavorful, and succulent, so you can only have one small piece at a time.  I think it epitomizes comfort food.  Especially braised pork belly–it’s like a cross between barbecue, a steak (or more like a pork … Continue reading

Heirloom Pesto Potato Salad

This weekend, I bought a wonderful basil pesto and was inspired to pair it with potatoes in a sort of potato salad.  I had seen in a magazine a recipe for putting homemade parsley pesto on roasted sweet potatoes, so putting basil pesto on heirloom baby potatoes made perfect sense. The potatoes are an heirloom … Continue reading

Buttermilk Pancakes

Do you know how sometimes you just get this craving for certain home-y foods?  Well, it had never happened before, but being away at college made me crave pancakes all of a sudden, and with no mom there to whip up a batch for me, I had to learn to make them myself.  I of … Continue reading

Apple Cake

In the fall, I had taken a trip to Carter Mountain in Charlottesville, Va.  It’s one of the must-see and -do things students must do during their time at UVA.  I got to go right into the apple orchards and pick the Fiji and Pink Lady apples that were ripe at the time.  Because of … Continue reading