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Summer Herb Potatoes

Summer Herb Potatoes

Simple, yet delicious! After cooking school, I have really come to appreciate each individual ingredient and I really believe that this recipe below highlights the beauty of these potatoes! Instead of coating them in sour cream or yogurt, I decided to keep this recipe light with a burst of fresh herbs.

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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes

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Inspired by the vegetables and herbs growing in my backyard, this pasta dish incomparably encompasses the flavors of summer. Even though I must admit I love to indulge in a overly cheesy baked spaghetti dish, the brightness of the ripe tomatoes and savoriness of the garlic in this recipe are simply all you need.

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Fresh Herb Steak and Eggs

Fresh Herb Steak and Eggs

When thinking of steak and eggs you probably imagine a large, greasy meal of meat and eggs. Well it doesn’t have to be that way. Steak and Eggs can be a healthy start to your day when the right ingredients are used, and given that they are cooked in a smart way.

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Pomegranate & Tomato Summer Salad

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One of my favorite memories at Ballymaloe Cookery School was walking into the green house with the feeling of just stepping into a rain forest of tomato vines from floor to ceiling. The vibrant colors of the tomatoes ranging from green to deep red could not even be captured by a camera they were so naturally beautiful.

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Chicken Shawarma Sandwiches

Chicken Shwarma Sandwiches

This recipe was greatly inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, a co-owner of four restaurants and co-author of several successful cookbooks, who has quickly become an idol to me. His inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and unapologetic obsession with ingredients. When I was in London, I was fortunate enough to be able visit his restaurant Nopi.  It was one of the most breathtaking dining experiences I have ever had! Read more

Watermelon & Feta Salad

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It’s quickly approaching summer and to me that means watermelon season!  Watermelon is hands down my favorite food.  Usually, when I tell people I get the oddest looks. Yes, out of all the amazing dishes and ingredients I have tried,  a refreshingly juicy bite of watermelon is still top of my list.  If you want to get on my good side it’s simple, just bring me a watermelon!  Read more

Cappello’s Gnocchi with Salmon & Spinach

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This recipe is very simple! Almost too easy for how delicious it is. Sometimes all you need is a combination of a few really beautiful ingredients to make something memorable.

Gnocchi (or as my family pronounces it, “Naki”) has always been my most beloved pasta dish! I just love the texture of the dumplings and how they soak up the flavor of the dish. Cappello’s gnocchi is different in the fact that it is gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free. Let me tell you though, you honestly would never know the difference! Read more

Citrus Endive & Eggplant Salad

Citrus Endive and Eggplant Salad

As I am sure most of you know by now, I love to make warm salads with roasted vegetables. I was inspired to make this particular salad because I really wanted to experiment with roasted endive. Endive is a member of the chicory family, which includes radicchio, escarole, frisee and curly endive. It has a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness. It’s delicious both raw and cooked. Read more

Cilantro Lime Fried Avocado Tacos

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Tacos might just be one of my favorite foods to cook and prepare. I know what you’re thinking… she went all the way to culinary school in Ireland to master the art of tacos? Well no. I can actually say I did not prepare one taco while I was there! Now experimenting with different recipes and flavor combinations back home, I love the never ending possibilities when it comes to tacos. Read more

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