Curried Couscous

by Sara on February 10, 2010

curried couscous

I love, love, love curried couscous, but in the past I’ve often cheated and bought the boxed stuff. But in my attempt to cook as much as my own food as possible, I dug out this Barefoot Contessa recipe that I mentally bookmarked a few years back. I’ve made a few changes based on my [...]


Soupe Savoyarde

by Sara on February 8, 2010

winter vegetable soup

For my next installment of French country cooking, I wanted something fairly simple, yet seasonal. This winter vegetable soup seemed perfect. I had to trek to a couple of grocery stores to find celery root, though around here that’s not all that surprising. This soup is perfect for a cold winter’s night, and it will [...]



by Sara on January 28, 2010


I first started playing with choux dough back in college. At the time, my idea of cooking involved a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and a sauce packet. My roommates and I would cut up chicken, then stir-fry the chicken, add the veggies, add the sauce, and let it simmer for a bit. Whomever wasn’t [...]


Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts

by Sara on January 20, 2010

tomato & goat cheese tarts

When I first received my copy of Back to Basics, I knew that someday I would make the goat cheese tart. I mean, it has some of my favorite components: puff pastry, goat cheese, caramelized onions, parmesan, thyme…add a glass of wine, and life is perfect. I originally made this recipe last year for the [...]