What I’ve Been Up To!

I’ve been absent from my blog for much of the summer since returning from Italy, but I’ve been hard at work in Charlottesville, doing lots of work with food and photography and cooking and art and writing. ¬†I think I’ve truly found my passions and what motivates me in life, and the great thing is … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Salmon Over Salad

Last year, fish topped with pesto was a staple of mine. ¬†I know that makes me quite an abnormal college student, but I loved (and still do!) salmon and trout broiled or baked with a nice smear of pesto on top. ¬†So here is a dinner I made for myself and some friends of pan-seared … Continue reading

PrintWorks in North Carolina

I drove to North Carolina during my spring break to visit my sister at her college and to visit one my favorite restaurants. ¬†I can‚Äôt say that I‚Äôve actually been to enough restaurants in North Carolina to be a good judge of which ones are the best, but when I visited PrintWorks in Greensboro for … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Series: Autumn Cranberry Salad

Happy very belated Thanksgiving. ¬†Although that particular holiday has passed, I have wonderful pictures and recipes to share from November! ¬†Please excuse lateness of this post and perhaps take ideas for the upcoming Christmas holiday season. ¬†This post will be the first in a short series about the dishes my family served at Thanksgiving, so … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Black Market Moto Saloon

My latest favorite hangout in Charlottesville is the Black Market Moto Saloon. ¬†It’s designed as a classic, rough biker bar, but it serves surprisingly great food. ¬†My personal favorite is their burger. ¬†They have a number of flavor combinations on the menu, including a burger with pineapple, prosciutto, and aoili in addition to one with … Continue reading

Building a Summer Salad

    It’s hardly summer anymore, and I’m gearing up for baking the pumpkin pies and apple dishes that are so perfect in the fall, but I’m posting a few last recipes from summer. ¬†I wanted to share the beautiful pictures and ingredients before we say goodbye to summer’s bounty and tuck in for the … Continue reading

Grilled, Stuffed Trout in Foil

Summer is grilling season, and having already made hamburgers on the grill this week, I decided to create something slightly different for dinner last night. ¬†My grandparents are in town, and we’re all seafood lovers so I decided to made fish on the grill. ¬†My freezer is full of wonderful rainbow trout from my share … Continue reading

Tomato Season!

Tomatoes are finally starting to ripen in Charlottesville, and the farmer’s market is full of colorful, heirloom varieties. ¬†Check out these funky colors and shapes I picked out from some local farms on Saturday morning. For this summer snack, I was inspired by the idea of tomato and peach gazpacho. ¬†Peaches are in season as … Continue reading

Broiled Salmon with Pesto

Hello all! ¬†It’s been far too long since my last post, but I’m determined to catch up with telling you about all the delicious meals I’ve made this year. ¬†Today, I’m writing about one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. ¬†I love pan-searing it so that the skin gets crispy and delicious, but during … Continue reading

Perfect Summer Salad

When there are ripe avocados at the store and when farmers’ markets feature heirloom tomatoes, it’s ripe time to try this salad. ¬†It’s so simple and easy, but it’s simply divine when the ingredients are fresh and in season. ¬†I’ll admit, I still make it during the winter with imported tomatoes because I can’t resist, … Continue reading