I am moving!

From now on, please find my blog at uglybutgood.wordpress.com. I promise everything else will be the same! Thank you for joining me over here, and I look forward to having you join me over there.

Don’t squash this idea

Don’t squash this idea

Did anyone else see this story in the Times this week and think, “She’s speaking my language?” I’m talking about pairing squash with chicken—bringing that sweet vegetable* into the savory realm by roasting it with chicken drippings. Although by now, dear reader, you may have figured out that if you roast just about anything with chicken … Continue reading

Sardine Salad

Sardine Salad

When I lived in Brooklyn, I was right down the street from a little German beer-hall-type place called Café Steinhof. They had a lot of little unassuming dishes on the menu that I eventually got addicted to, including their open-face sardine salad sandwich. When I moved away, it seemed like a no-brainer to replicate this … Continue reading

Valerie and Me

Valerie and Me

I am so thrilled to announce my first collaboration on a cookbook is now available! Trust me, when I embarked on a career in food publishing, it never occurred to me that I’d be working with a gal I had watched on a sit-com growing up. But this lady has some great ideas about food! Italian-American … Continue reading

Kids are generally unappreciative little beings.

Kids are generally unappreciative little beings.

The exception is when this is for breakfast. You’ll have to pardon my slight blog absence over the next few weeks–I have a project that has essentially taken over my waking hours. But I hope to check in occasionally anyway. Stay tuned and I’ll be back soon.

I love this book

I love this book

The cooling weather brought our first pot pie of the season last weekend, the absolutely delightful lamb pie from British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Family Cookbook. I found this book back when I was reviewing cookbooks for Gourmet. I lobbied hard for it to be our book-of-the-month, but I was out-voted in favor of … Continue reading

The Soba Special

The Soba Special

Maybe it was my fault that my kids can’t get enough soba noodles? When I was pregnant with my first, I still lived in New York City, where a noodle lunch was never far away. Whether a steaming bowl of ramen on a cold day or a chilled bowl of soba with wasabi and tsuyu … Continue reading

from vacanza to misticanza…

from vacanza to misticanza…

The last time I was in Rome, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t get out much. I had a 3-month-old baby on my hands, so my needs were very different from what they had been when I had lived there many years prior. Lingering lunches? Not really. More like a sprint to the nearest forno, … Continue reading