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Chicken Alfredo Recipe with Spinach

Fettuccine Alfredo made with cream is classic American comfort food. This version is plenty rich enough to honor tradition. It’s also balanced with extra garlic, bright lemon juice, lean protein and a generous dose of fresh spinach. All that, and it’s ready in 20 minutes.

Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Yesterday morning before Celia left for school, I asked if she might want something special for dinner. She said, “Chicken. And pasta.” I mean, good call, kid. All day I let my brain background-process that set of requirements, and apparently it took me to 1986, when I was 10 and growing like a weed and only ever wanted Fettuccine Alfredo. (more…)

The Last Word on Summer

The Last Word Cocktail Recipe | Umami Girl

We are hitting fall HARD this year. Driving the first-born up to boarding school as we speak. Hosting a big performing arts charity event on my birthday. (Come!) Launching the new Umami Girl before Thanksgiving if it murders me in cold blood. Even going to Havana! It’s gonna be a lot. And I’m game.

But first, the last word on summer. Whether you shut it down for the season on Labor Day or September 22, there’s definitely still time for one more cocktail. (more…)

BBQ Pulled Chicken for Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

BBQ Pulled chicken for instant pot or slow cookerThanks to North Coast for sponsoring this post.

It’s never too early to get your ducks in a row for the back-to-school rush. I’m a big fan of the following plan: wring every last ounce of summer out of summer. Be at the beach. Travel to one place you haven’t been before and to one of your favorite places. Spend enough silly time with the kids that you’re so very ready to see them go.

But also. Nab those school supplies. Sign the kids up for a few extracurriculars. Set your sights on a couple of smart snack ideas. Pin a bunch of good-looking, quick and easy recipes to a Pinterest board. Set it and forget it. (more…)

Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe with Ramps (or Garlic)

This creamy asparagus soup recipe with ramps (or garlic) is great as a first course on its own, or as a more substantial lunch or dinner with the addition of some hefty garnishes.

Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe with Ramps or Garlic, a great spring soup recipe

I’m such a lifelong fan of this method of making asparagus that it took me a while to really care about cooking it other ways. Of course there’s the wonderful blender hollandaise approach, the occasional pizza, and even a rhyming rustic tart. Asparagus spears are so pretty that I hadn’t really gotten around to blitzing them in a blender until more recently. But man, right now we can’t get enough of this silky, springy, creamy asparagus soup.  (more…)

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Halloumi

These grilled chicken sandwiches with halloumi, red bell peppers, arugula, and a really tasty, herby sauce are bursting with Greek-inspired flavors.

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Halloumi | Umami Girl

Grilling should be nice and easy, don’t you think? Usually that’s because grilling is for relaxed, beautiful summer days — though recently in New Jersey we’ve been needing easy grilling recipes because it’s hard to dodge wind gusts and lightning bolts and hold an umbrella and grill something complicated all at the same time. Regardless of your motive, it’s great to be able to keep it simple while also keeping it interesting and delicious and not just all about the burgers and dogs. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.