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Grilled Skirt Steak Salad and Beaujolais

Grilled Skirt Steak Salad and Beaujolais | Umami Girl

Thanks to Beaujolais Wines for sponsoring this post.

As we head into fall, I’m still going strong on the grill. It’s hard to give up the ease and playfulness of summer grilling, and thankfully there’s no need to do so just yet. But at least in my mind and heart, fall calls for a slightly more mature, thoughtful take on flavor. Skirt steak marinated in the bold Central-American-inspired flavors of lime, sherry vinegar and ancho chili feels so very right at this time of year, especially when thinly sliced over a light yet satisfying salad finished with grilled croutons.  (more…)

You Have to Hear The Wailin’ Jennys “Wildflowers” Cover

The Wailin' Jennys | Umami Girl

Photo credit: outside-music.com

Do you guys know The Wailin’ Jennys? Once upon a time I fell madly in love with their recording of “The Parting Glass,” and ever since then this Canadian singer-songwriter trio has had my heart. I won’t lie, I can get a little into these things. I may have melted away an afternoon a couple years back buying the sheet music for their arrangement of that song, learning and recording all three parts and looping them because I’m not a geek of any kind. (Don’t worry, I sheepishly deleted those tracks long ago.)

You’d think that would be the pinnacle of fandom. And it was, for me. Until yesterday.  (more…)

Having Been to Paris (A Potage aux Legumes Recipe)

Potage aux Legumes (Rustic French Vegetable Soup) | Umami Girl

(Potage aux Legumes originally appeared here in 2011. I’ve updated the photos and made a couple of tweaks to the recipe.)

I’d love to pretend that I once had a meaningful relationship with Paris. Hemingway had one. Woody Allen had one. Carrie Bradshaw managed to have one, and she’s not even a real person. I think we’re all meant to feel hopelessly dull if we haven’t shone brightly in the City of Light. But the truth is my entanglement with Paris was never more than a brief and aspirational fling. I was young, and the city was innocent, in the days before husbands, children, and the dulling creep of globalization. Paris didn’t have a Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysees back then, and I didn’t have a sippy cup or a plastic container of raisins in my purse. Which is to say, we had potential. But we never gave it the time to flourish.

Now that we live a short train ride away, I thought this might be the perfect time to rekindle the flame.  (more…)

Zucchini Corn Fritters Recipe

Zucchini Corn Fritters | Umami Girl

A warm, thoughtful Monday to you all, my friends. Today my mind and heart are with victims and survivors of all the devastating events this world has to offer, from natural disasters to manmade ones. As life would have it, though, they’re also with the day-to-day work of showing up, taking care, raising and feeding a family. They’re focused on practical food that’s also joyful. Food like these zucchini corn fritters, which use up an abundance of late-season produce while making people smile. Because what else is it all about, really?  (more…)

Boeuf Bourguignon: A Recipe to Welcome Fall

Boeuf Bourguignon Recipe | Umami GirlIt’s back to school week for our kiddos, and there’s a slight, obliging chill in the air. I won’t get all pumpkin spice on ya just yet (and never in coffee, I promise), but folks, it’s time for some fall food. I can’t hold it in any longer. We’re going big, too, with a classic that takes a little bit of time and effort but is well worth the addition to your repertoire. It’s Boeuf Bourguignon, the gorgeous French beef stew that rocks a whole bottle of wine and still feels wholesome. It’s not just dinner — it’s a role model for modern life.  (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.