Greek Pasta Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Hello, my name is Jen Lask and I am a vinegar hoarder. I really do try to set myself up for success in the kitchen. Every dish, spice and bottle has its place. But I have to admit that I’ve dropped the ball on one crucial but limited spot: the pantry. You see, I’ve made…

Mint Iced Coffee

#butfirstcoffee #lattelove #coffeelover These hashtags all sum up what my friends and family already know about me: I love coffee… a latte (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself on that one!) I love getting a whiff of coffee as I take my first sip. I love the feeling of a hot mug in my hands…

Arugula-Prosciutto Pizza

If I had to choose one meat that my eye is instantly drawn to in a menu or at a grocery store, I would go with prosciutto in a heartbeat. I absolutely love the salty flavor of prosciutto. In fact, I can almost always guarantee that I’ve got a small stock of prosciutto in my…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Growing up, my family used to joke that a Highland Park deli called Once Upon a Bagel (best name ever) was our second kitchen. It’s hard to remember a weekend where we weren’t gathered around a table there, or a weekday in which our fridge wasn’t fully stocked with its bagels, cream cheese and tuna…

From Cheerios to Homemade Granola

I don’t remember much from 1998, but here’s what I do remember: the snowy day I became a big sister, my dad woke me up before dawn to drop me off at my best friend’s home across the street. He grabbed a pre-packed bag of my school clothes and threw a winter coat on over my…

Bourbon in February: The Hot Toddy

I have a confession to make about my time in Louisville. I had Manhattans, I had bourbon straight, I had chocolate balls of bourbon, pecan pies doused in it, Mint Juleps, you name it. But never once did I have a hot toddy. I made it for the first time this year because I live…

Gluten-Free Icebox Cake

Let me start by saying this may be the only time you’ll hear me talk glowingly about something with the word “icebox” in it while the temperature outside is below zero. My mom introduced me to an icebox cake recipe at my family’s Chanukah party last month – and yes, as you may remember, I…

Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda

It only took three gnocchi recipes, one spinach and artichoke dip and one pumpkin bisque with smoked gouda for me to finally curl up on my couch to watch college football this Saturday. It’s the type of day you dream of having in the kitchen… you know, the kind that produces results that will last…

Steak Tacos with Mojo Marinade

“Aren’t you going to take a picture first?” I pause, a chip with guacamole hovering between my plate and my mouth. I look down at the plate, with two homemade steak tacos and a mojo marinade glaze waiting in the most tantalizing fashion, next to a heaping spoonful of guacamole and chips. I don’t want…

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Sundays. They can satiate your appetite for a good brunch and they can be so incredibly relaxing. On the flip side, they can lull you right into a false sense of a long, lazy day. Sundays and I have developed a love-hate relationship over the years. Every week, like clockwork, I try to convince myself…