Winter Fennel, Sage & Kale Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes, sage, and white wine are an A+ flavor combination in this kale pasta. You'll love this hearty, comforting, and easy dish!

Happy December! I have a confession to make. I’m really terrible at decorating for the holidays. Some years it happens, others it doesn’t… and then some years we end up with a Valentine’s Day tree because we lose track of time and the work of taking down decorations is far less fun than putting them up. So here’s my version of holiday greenery for you – it comes in the form of a kale pasta! It’s, of course, edible, and the clean up is minimal. 🙂 This kale pasta is full of all kinds of warming wintery goodness including a…


Butternut Squash Pasta with Chili Oil, Feta & Mint

This delicious and zesty roasted butternut squash pasta is a quick, easy, 10-ingredient vegetarian weeknight dinner.

Happy post-Halloween! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday. Ours was… I guess you could say, a little low key. We worked late and then went to the bar at Whole Foods for drinks and dinner. Because these types of activities are actually really fun when you’re an old married couple like we are :). Another thing that’s fun for us – pasta! But not just any pasta – spicy butternut squash pasta! I’ve been on a butternut squash kick lately, see here and here. For this post, I had originally planed to make a more traditional fall pasta…


Many-Veggie Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Make this flexible roasted vegetable pasta with whatever veggies you have on hand! I used zucchini, tomatoes, onions, carrots & plenty of herbs.

If you went to the farmers market last weekend and brought home some zucchini, pattypan squash, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and lots of herbs – this recipe is for you! If you didn’t bring home those exact vegetables, this recipe is still for you! It’s super flexible, and a way to use up pretty much any late summer vegetable that you might have on hand. Eggplant, corn, peppers, and/or broccoli would all work in here as well. I love making this one for two reasons: The most important reason is that once all the vegetables are roasting, the kitchen smells amazing……


Roasted Cherry Tomato & Thyme Couscous Salad

This fresh summer couscous salad is packed with raw & roasted cherry tomatoes, feta, roasted chickpeas, and herbs. Perfect for a picnic or packing up for lunch!

We’re at that point in the summer where I’m starting to wonder: is an indoor herb garden possible? I love having a ton of fresh herbs around, and I’m really going to miss them when they’re gone. They’re so delicious and oh so PRETTY. I often get asked about my food photography/styling tips and my best tip is always: Whatever dish you have, smother it in herbs! Aside from lots of fresh thyme and basil, this recipe is all about the tomatoes. I slow roast half of them, and put the other half raw into the salad. Together the raw…


Sunny Creamy Tahini Pasta Salad

This creamy vegan pasta salad is made with cashew milk and tahini instead of mayo. Packed with spiralized squash and tons of veggies - perfect for picnics!

One day last week, I woke up earlier than normal with the sun shining brightly into my eyes. I never used to consider myself a morning person, but when you don’t have window coverings on the windows of your still-new-ish house – guess what? You wake up with the sun… and as the sun rises earlier and earlier, you do too. I laid there for awhile trying to keep my eyes shut and I drifted into a half-sleep where I dreamed about a sunny, breezy picnic on the beach. Most importantly, I envisioned exactly what I wanted to be eating…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.