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Add Cheese to your Pastry Dough, Sweet or Savory.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Sep 21, 2013 - 12:41 PM
I love playing with homemade pastry dough.  My usual equation is flour, butter, water, and a pinch of salt or sugar respectively depending on the recipe.  Traditional, flaky, buttery pie crust.  It’s my hobby, especially around the holidays.  Baking is the go-to hobby, as long as it is cool enough in the apt. and the windows and porch door are wide open to allow the breeze to glide on through.  I...

My week so far: temperamental times, temperamental weather.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Sep 11, 2013 - 10:23 AM
Handling stress.  Everyone approaches it differently, or completely ignores it for that matter.  Whether it continues to mount up inside, until there is absolutely no room left, or it is channeled through to other avenues in life: going for a run, eating ten cookies, yelling at a loved one, or simply letting lose with a big ol’ crying session.

Make Jam in the Oven: A perfect introduction for Summer meeting Autumn.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Sep 06, 2013 - 01:12 PM
The first of many 50 degree nights have arrived in Boston this week!  How many of you are freaking out that summer went by too fast, I didn’t grill enough, I hardly ate any corn on the cob, and I only made four summer fruit pies!?  Too soon!  Too soon!  Well, I have a mini-solution for you, courtesy of the masterminds at Food52.

Grill! Grill! Grill! It’s Labor Day Weekend!  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 31, 2013 - 10:08 AM
Everyone thinks that Labor Day weekend is the final hurrah of summer, the waning hours of carefree beach days and BBQs, and the last batch of meals to eat outdoors with paper plates and High Life tall boys. I find this blasphemous!  Well, especially for me, considering I have to work most of the weekend, sad face.  Boston will still be just as hot and humid on the first day of fall as it will be this holiday weekend,...

A great dish for Labor Day weekend: light and leafy pasta salad.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 30, 2013 - 12:05 PM
It doesn’t need to be the spotlight dish of the BBQ this weekend, but that’s what makes pasta salad so great.  Reliable, simple, and easily adaptable.  I find that a citrus-based vinaigrette is great in the summertime, and skipping the mayo-based, heavy dressings is a more ideal switch if you plan on an outdoor party in the heat. Save the mayonnaise for a spicy aioli sauce to dollop on those burgers!

Three ingredients to elevate a chocolate cake: brewed espresso, cocoa powder, and flaky sea salt.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 28, 2013 - 01:43 PM
Roaming through the wide array of positions in the food industry during my years of undergrad, one chef in particular shared her amazing culinary experience, unique cookery tricks, and ingredient tips with me.  Fervently taking notes every Saturday night, I plated and prepped desserts for her as she worked the line with her sous chefs, while her daughter ran front of house.  I cannot thank her enough for being incred...

The most versatile, top-with-anything flatbread recipe.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 20, 2013 - 12:10 PM
Let me share something really exciting and delicious with you. Alluding to this ingenius method for making homemade flatbreads in the past, I am here today to share the perfected recipe with you! I remember those first few attempts of making pizza dough from scratch or dabbling with a variety of recipes for yeast-risen breads: the hands become laden with sticky, pasty flour and water and salt, while “kneading” what...

Spicy Bloody Mary: all about taste improvisation in a glass.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 19, 2013 - 01:45 PM
Before I begin, promise me that you will never, ever purchase pre-made bloody mary mix both in the supermarket or the liquor store again! A Bloody Mary, the quintessential brunch hair-of-the-dog cocktail, is truly a masterpiece of fresh and bold flavors. How does that commercial brand know if you like a bloody mary extra spicy, or with just a tinge of alcohol, or maybe the addition of citrus juice with the tomato juice?!

A natural, Italian inspired approach to Banana Bread  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 15, 2013 - 01:20 PM
Through a quick summation of my personal baking statistics, I can attest to the fact that banana bread is my number one quick bread recipe.  Having a few extra bananas on the counter every other week, it’s simple to mash them up with a few eggs, some flour, and a little baking powder and efficiently transform these handy ingredients into a rich breakfast loaf or small afternoon snack.

Carrot tops are vegetables too, a farmers’ market revelation.  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 09, 2013 - 02:46 PM
Running a few errands the other day, I make a quick pit stop at the farmers’ market in Somerville.  The fridge, countertops, and produce bowl have been vacant all week and weekend from our wedding trip to NJ.  I thought it’d be nice to restock, so John and I could have some fun and fresh meals throughout the week.

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