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A nice, veggie-packed, easy stuffed shells recipe that will leave you plenty of time and energy for other things, like wishing for new German words. (Why? Is that not what you were thinking?)

Easy Stuffed Shells with Ricotta, Spinach and Shiitakes | Umami Girl

Friday afternoon I felt a surge of schadenfreude. Sunday the little one went to a birthday party and posed in several photos with her doppelgänger. Sometimes you just need to borrow a word from German to make a point without spending half the day describing it in English (or, God forbid, Spanish). For whatever reason, this weekend was full of those moments.

Easy Stuffed Shells with Ricotta, Spinach and Shiitakes | Umami Girl

So much so, in fact, that I found myself wishing for a couple of new German words. In case anyone in charge of the German dictionary is reading, here’s what I need, please. (Side note: I don’t speak German, so no real rush.) (more…)

It’s a mouthful in more ways than one, but cauliflower pizza amatriciana on a sheet pan is worth the effort both to say and to make. 

Cauliflower Pizza Amatriciana | Umami Girl

We’ve been on a bit of a pizza bender here recently. Couldn’t tell ya why, really — though I suspect I’m subconsciously trying to keep the universe in balance. In the past few weeks there’s been a whole lot of carb cutting for various reasons in my various social circles. I’m all for it, truly. But I think my plan is to take one for the team and just put everything the Copes eat on dough for the next little while. If the earth goes down in flames anytime soon, I want to be able to blame politics.

Oh, hi. Good morning.  (more…)

This 10-minute meal of scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, cheese and hot sauce with a generous sprinkle of cilantro works equally well for breakfast or dinner. Which may be why we can’t stop making it.

Peppers and Onions Scrambled Eggs | Umami Girl

Here’s something I probably shouldn’t put in writing: One day a couple of weeks ago, our tween daughter had a helluva cough and plowed through a whole bag of mentholated cough drops in one day. By that night she was MUCH more giggly than usual, especially for someone not feeling so well. “I think I’m high on cough drops!” she said, laughing and dancing around the kitchen. We all thought it was pretty funny and didn’t make a big deal out of it. I didn’t even Google whether it was possible to be high on mentholated cough drops.

The next morning she slept really late, and when she woke up she asked for a big plate of eggs with peppers and onions and cheese and hot sauce. In other words, hangover food.

Whoops!  (more…)

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Before we start, I just need you to know something. My obsession with Wegmans goes back as far as a Jersey girl’s obsession could go. They opened their first NJ store in the late 1990s, and even though we were college-aged, i.e. the least likely of all possible ages to be really into grocery stores, my friend Marshall realized immediately that Wegmans was the best place ever.

Marshall is a true genius in more ways than one, including having made a high-profile career out of identifying all the best new things. (I kvell.) Let’s just say I’m glad about the way things have shaken out: the Tamagotchis of the same era seem to have come and gone, the band Hanson is still available to listen to nostalgically on demand, and Wegmans continues to grow while keeping it real. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s a complicated time to be American, but honestly all I need is a quick stroll through the prepared foods section at Wegmans to remember we’re the luckiest people on earth.

Okay, whew, just had to get that off my chest. (more…)

It took me too long to start cooking this easy Pad Thai recipe on any kind of regular basis. I have lots of excuses, but you won’t need any of them. 

Easy Pad Thai Recipe | Umami Girl

At the risk of putting too much pressure on a simple takeout dish, Pad Thai is my barometer for some pretty important things. (Okay, let me just stop and say that I did not intend to make that pun, but I’m really very happy with it.) In my 20s I ate plenty of good NYC-area restaurant Pad Thai, but my attempts to make it at home were not all that successful.

Why, what were you doing with your spare time in your 20s?

I can’t remember for sure, but think it was hard to get my hands on at least one of the following: tamarind paste, a decent gas burner for stir-frying, the confidence to cook the comfort food of a culture I don’t know all that well.  (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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