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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting | Umami GirlI’m thinking back fondly to that time when I should’ve been Christmas shopping, preparing teacher gifts and planning a Christmas dinner menu, but instead decided to stay in my PJs for an extra 90 minutes and publish two recipes in one day. Oh hi, that was right now (and here’s to making multiple school drop-off runs in PJs, as one does).

Yesterday I sent these cuties to school for Celia’s 4th grade class even though the child herself has been home sick all week. That recipe, which I love for its cuteness to easiness ratio, will be up shortly. But first, an essential building block: chocolate buttercream frosting. [UPDATE: cupcakes are here!] (more…)

Reverse Sear Pork Chops with Quick Shallot Herb Pan Sauce

Reverse Sear Pork Chops | Umami GirlAll right people, first things first here. There is no quick shallot herb pan sauce in these photos. Why? Because although I am pretty good at a decent number of things, I am pretty terrible at a lot of others. The other day on an endless car ride I was thinking about how it’s possible to be medium-brilliant and kind of medium- to high- at-risk at the same time. 🙂 So that’s where we begin.

You all know I delight in talking about unrelated topics when posting recipes. But today we have a lot of food-related business to get through, so I’m just going to have to put on my big-girl pants and talk about that. We’ve got the dry brine. We’ve got the reverse sear. We’ve got the rib chop. And we’ve got no choice but to dig in. Let’s do it. (more…)

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…)


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.