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Roast Chicken and Potatoes with All the Best Things

Roast Chicken with Potatoes | Umami GirlHappy cozy weekend to you. Once upon a time we used to make this juuuust slightly extra-special roast chicken and potatoes on a regular basis. Then I forgot about it for years. But recently a nice thing happened — more on the details some other time — and one morning I ended up promising our little Celia that I’d make “chicken with stars” for dinner.

It was very sweet. We had a nice hug. But boy did I not know what chicken with stars meant. Neither did she.

Celia went off to school, and I started thinking.  (more…)

Ugly Sweater Cookies: Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Icing Tips

Ugly Sweater Cookies with Snowman | Umami Girl

So here’s something fun. It’s Betty and Pearl. They’re cookies. And they like to have a good time. I made a little video to contribute to GoodCook’s 12 Days of Ugly Sweater Cookies. They sent us a box full of baking tools. We got a little carried away.  (more…)

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp

Easy Holiday Appetizer Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp | Umami Girl

Big thanks to Sonoma-Cutrer for sponsoring this post.

Oh hi there. It’s suddenly the time of year for alllllll the feelings. Some feelings I share with most people — Joy to the World, Ose Shalom and all that. Some I share with a more particular subset of the population — those who, in the northeast, begin to look longingly at the still-abundant farmers’ markets and vineyards of the west coast. For us, the joy of the season is tinged with jealousy, which either will or will not be cashed in upon receipt of a White Christmas. Or something like that.

Well. I like to cook my feelings. 🙂 (more…)

Bleu de Chèvre and Beet Linguine Recipe

Blue Cheese and Beet Linguine | Umami Girl

Big thanks to Goat Cheeses of France for sponsoring this post.

Good morning from the middle of a mild and pleasant post-Thanksgiving coma. That was fun, wasn’t it? Fun and exhausting and slightly infuriating, and all the things that holidays will be. Today we’re taking a nice little break from all that to focus on France. I figured we’d go somewhere that doesn’t even have Thanksgiving, just to be safe.

Do you know what they do have in France, though? French goat cheeses. Beautiful, high-quality, but totally accessible and affordable French goat cheeses. France is the number one producer of goat’s milk cheeses in the world, with 6,000 goat’s milk producers, half of whom make their own cheese.

Blue Cheese and Beet Linguine | Umami GirlWith production in multiple regions south of the Loire Valley, there’s wide variety among tastes and styles. I thought I knew my way around chèvre reasonably well, but working with Goat Cheeses of France  has introduced me to some new varieties, including the Bleu de Chèvre that I’ve used in the easy but special-feeling recipe below.

French goat cheeses in their multitudes work well all year round, but at this time of year it’s nice to focus on cozy dishes that are dinner-party ready without too much time or effort. Bleu de Chèvre would make a great addition to a simple (or wildly ostentatious) cheese board and really needs no special treatment. But I couldn’t shake the idea of how its gentle piquancy might enhance an earthy and festive-looking pasta sauce made with beets. The resulting Bleu de Chèvre and Beet Linguine was very popular, and I’m looking forward to making it again.  (more…)

Fall Cocktail: The Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule | Umami Girl

You guys, Thanksgiving is RIGHT around the corner. I’m not gonna sugar-coat this. It’s next Thursday. What EVEN?

I 100% cannot comprehend how it’s the middle of November right now, but that’s a story for another day. (“How about never? Is never good for you?” you might be thinking. And fair enough.) Today’s story is about a fall cocktail that would make a really great start to your Thanksgiving celebration — the Apple Cider Moscow Mule. Even though it’s vodka-based, it’s nice and light, so Great Aunt Googlypuss can have one without passing out, and if Great Uncle Frankenschmutz starts acting like an asshole, it’s not the cocktail’s fault.  (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.

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