James McNair’s Pecan-Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Does anyone fondly know the week between Christmas and New Year’s as the week when they can’t get the button on their pants to stay closed? I am occasionally guilty of that; partially due to my affinity for potatoes and this: James McNair’s Potato Cookbook. I was allocated the responsibility of bringing a side dish […]

Bon Appetit’s Roast Duck

Happy Holidays from The Dinna Ladies! This is one of my favorite times of year, mostly because I fly back to Boston and get to spend so much quality time with family and friends… and by quality time I mean cooking the family’s staple recipes and stuffing my face with holiday delights (#winterbod). And like many of […]

Scampo at the Liberty Hotel

Lydia Shire is a household name in Boston, and for good reason. The legendary chef and restaurateur once graced the kitchens of Jacky Robert’s Maison Robert, Seasons in the Bostonian Hotel, BIBA, and the infamous Locke-Ober, now Yvonne’s in downtown Boston before opening Scampo in the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill. The Liberty Hotel, formerly […]

Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

Now that winter is upon us, warm, hearty stews are a must to get us through the dark chilly nights.  As many of you may have seen, my normal soup go-to is our All-Curing Chicken Noodle Soup.  But, let’s be honest, there are only so many days in a row I can eat the same […]

Tatte Bakery

Tatte Bakery, an idyllic bakery-cafe concept located just down the block from my apartment in Beacon Hill, is an easy choice when deciding where to stop for a quick brunch, lunch, of cup of coffee with a homemade pastry. I brought friends from New York City to Tatte for brunch on Saturday last weekend with […]

Ramen Salad

Everybody has a go-to potluck dish, right? It’s usually a crowd-pleasing fail-safe dish that you bring to a party or serve at your own gathering, especially when it’s last minute. Mine is Ramen Salad. It goes by many names and come in many forms but this, my friends, is the answer when the question is: what […]

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

So yes, this is a dinna blog, but shouldn’t every great dinna end with a bangin’ dessert?! Well, here you have it.  The dessert to rule them all: Broma Bakery’s Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies. These are so easy to make and so pretty to look at, in addition to being SUPER decadent.  But don’t think about […]