grown-up mac n cheese

I am not trying to start a mac n cheese revolution. My posting of this (delectable and sophisticated) grown-up mac n cheese recipe is not, by any means, an attempt to dethrone that pinnacle of mac n cheese dinner perfection, the one that stands sentry in any respectable pantry, cloaked in its midnight blue box, a constant,…

mediterranean skillet pizza

The only excuse I will give for my inexcusable five-month hiatus from the Sprout Diaries is two small words: grad student. It’s a busy lifestyle, folks — one that I’m enjoying immensely but one that leaves little time (or brain power) for the finer things in life, like taking extra long to cook a meal…

stuffed shells with roasted red pepper, eggplant & zucchini

I have bad news and good news. The bad news is: I don’t have any finished-product photos of this delectable stuffed shells recipe to share with you. Instead, these pre-oven shots will have to suffice (try using your imagination to slather the dish in bubbling-hot melted mozzarella — see how great that looks!?). The good news is:…

peanut & sweet potato stew

Somehow, it’s November. Where did October go? It flew by in a whirl of work and rest, weekend visitors and grad school applications, Community binge-ing, Halloween party hosting, and reading Crime and Punishment on the train. Did I drink enough apple cider? Did I eat enough pumpkin donuts? Did I spend enough time admiring those crisp…