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Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with Mushrooms and Marsala Sauce | Umami Girl

Here’s a quick post about a dinner that seems a little bit elegant but is really no big deal: prosciutto-wrapped chicken breasts (psst…stuffed with a touch of provolone) with mushrooms and marsala sauce. A quick side of sautéed spinach and a nice bottle of wine are all you need for an easy dinner party for four. Maybe a good loaf of bread if you insist, or a few potatoes. And this little number for dessert.


We adore this easy pumpkin bread recipe made with olive oil. It comes from a friend’s ancient family recipe.

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Olive Oil | Umami Girl

Nothing says fall like a gorgeous slice of pumpkin bread brimming with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. How’s that for something you already knew? It feels like summer here in coastal NJ today, but tomorrow is the official first day of fall, and I’m going for it with the autumnal vibes.  (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)


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.