Category Archives: Ingredients

Italiano Grilled Peppers

Post by Tanya It’s the peak of summers. Hot and Dry. This weather drains me out completely. Work is at an all time peak- and I feel scattered. Almost feeling disorganized- Very unlike the ‘ocd’ish me. This post has been pending for a couple of weeks. In reality, in fact, it may have been due for […]

Mango Mascarpone Cheese Ice Cream

For all the lovers of mascarpone and mangoes out there, this is the ultimate dessert for them! From the original site: Mascarpone’s silky thickness lends a custard like texture to the ice cream, without the trouble of cooking the custard. It’s a no churn ice cream. Fairly easy to put together and fuss free.

Watermelon Granita

A must have on hot summer afternoons or evenings, just sit back, relax and enjoy the cool, melt-in-your-mouth granita. From the original site: When I first heard about granita (that was like 2-3 years back…don’t judge me I m still learning about the popular trends in the food world), I was instantly fascinated by it’s […]

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

A must have cake for any occasion. This simple cake is full of home-baked charm. Surely a “must-keep” cake by Lou Seibert Pappas. From the original site: A very moist and tender cake with contrasting crunchy-sweet streusel topping, this cake is perfect for family gatherings, tea parties or if you are anything like me, at […]

Corn on the Cob: Fast, easy, & No Mess!

My sister in law turned me on to this technique a few months ago, and I’ve used it twice since then.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back to my old method of doing corn on the cob! I love corn, but I hate all the mess and hassle.  I’ve always boiled my corn, but […]

Ancient Omelette with Asparagus and Fresh Herbs

This is a recipe which survived almost 2000 years. It’s a lovely herbal omelette with asparagus and subtle hints of wine and olive oil. It’s not only ancient but also very healthy, with the addition of the asparagus and the aromatic herbs. This dish is perfect for breakfast or for a light vegetarian lunch. From […]

Red Pepper and Hazelnut Spread Recipe

We all love the crunchy sweetness of raw red peppers, but their flavor is so much more complex when freshly roasted. Lightly rub with olive oil and place over the flame of your stove on high heat or under the broiler; roast until completely black, turning occasionally while prepping other ingredients. When charred, but not […]

Rice with Shrimp & Shimeji

Discovering exotic mushrooms at the supermarket can be fun. Especially when it makes you discover a brilliant Japanese Rice dish that’s bursting with flavour and spice. Yum. And oh, did I mention, so EASY! From the original site: It’s got a nice spicy flavour that hits the back of your throat, and smells divine!

Smoky Baby Back Ribs in the Crock-Pot

I’m a fan of low and slow when it comes to pork ribs, and I usually do them in the oven at 300 degrees for 3 hours. But why not the Crock-Pot? That’s practically the definition of low and slow. Indeed. These turned out succulent, and were no fuss. A win! From the original site: […]

Oranger Pistachio Biscotti

This is a really easy recipe that gives you a great tasting exotic biscotti. Don’t let anyone in on our secret though. Shhh. From the original site: I also discovered a very sweet looking bottle of Oranger from Tunisia. Of course I brought it back.

Croissants you can conquer

This recipe stems from Julia Child’s traditional Croissants and Pain au Chocolat recipe. It might seem a bit daunting at first, but you realise that’s because each step is really detailed out, to help walk you through the entire process. It makes something so complicated and challenging quite a cakewalk. And you’re sure to feel […]

Raw Kale Salad with Avocado and Blood Orange

Sometimes you need to just rely on your judgment instead of a written recipe, don’t you agree? In fact, the name of this recipe pretty much tells you all you need to know. Go ahead…step outside your comfort zone. Try it! From the original site: I had a ripe avocado and a blood orange just […]

Balado Sambal – Indonesian Chili Sambal (sauce)

this type of sambal is the most “helpful” dish for every housewife in Indonesia, because with only one sauce we can prepare a different kind of dish everyday! From the original site: Balado sambal have a rich taste of flavor. A slightly sour taste from the fresh tomato, a sweet one from sugar and a […]

Pumpkin Peda/Truffles

It’s Diwali today and I am feeling a little homesick. Not that we had lavish celebrations for Diwali but it was still a great time to decorate with lit oil lamps, light fireworks with friends, get gifts and eat tons of deliciously rich food. Now that I live in the U.S., I do not get […]

Apple Kheer

I had a huge bag of red gala apples staring at me saying “use me soon”. Several thoughts flipped through my head on what to do with them but I kept going back to one of my favorite desserts as a kid. Okay, so it even passed off for breakfast one several occasions. I love […]

Eggless chocolate Mousse – divine !!!

This is Eggless chocolate mousse using Tofu, easy to make and satisfies your chocolate craving for sure. From the original site: Eggless Chocolate Mousse!!! Yummy:) You will not find out single trace or smell of tofu in this, extremely delicious and I bet you will end up eating healthy without sacrificing the taste of rich […]

My Mini Onigiri Garden

I was in some Onigiri freaky mood lately, making these Japanese Rice Balls non-stop. I’ve been getting lots of “orders” for this popular Japanese dish. This is another addition to my Onigiri collection, for a group of my students this time. In my garden, there’re Salmon Wasabi, Spicy Shrimp (hay bee hiam), Green Tea with […]

Bewitching Strawberries Salad

Besides the bright red colour, I like Strawberries for their amazing nutritional facts; their antioxidants, vitamins & minerals help fight diseases. Most of all, they’ve anti-aging properties :) My Garden Glory consists of: Red & Green Oak leaves, Red Coral, Coriander, Parsley, Dill & Baby Chard. I’ve also added Sun Flower Seeds for some crunch.

Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto is for all of us in the Cilantro Lovers Club! I am dolloping this on everything that won’t move. From the original site: Once you make this herby deliciousness, what should you do with it? Here are some ideas: boil or roast some new potatoes and then toss some of this pesto with […]

Fresh Corn Salad with Spicy Shrimp and Tomatoes

This stunning salad is so summer. Made with fresh tomatoes, corn and bell pepper, it almost made me forget that it’s 99 degrees outside today. I love the bright colors. My grandmother always said that you should try to always make sure your table is multi-colored – never put out a meal that is monochromatic! […]

Poulet Vol-au-Vent

The other evening Filippo and I dined at a marvelous new restaurant in downtown Sarasota, Brasserie Belge. The evening was marvelous from start to finish; starters were champagne and lobster croquettes, main was muscles for Filippo while I chose Vol-au-Vent and we finished with a shared Dame Blanche! I got to thinking ahead to dinner […]

Make ahead and Freeze Crescent Rolls

This is one of my favorite bread recipes because it can be made in bulk and weeks ahead of time. It’s especially nice for the holidays when your schedule is so busy – simply make these rolls when you have time and stick them in the freezer until the big day! It can also be […]

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasting vegetables brings out great flavor in them… They are a great, simple side dish, too.  For things like this squash, I like to roast it ahead of time, then use it in salads or broil with brown sugar on top for a quick side dish.  You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes, […]

Hard-Cooked Eggs: Eggs with a firm white and a solid cooked yolk
How to Cook Perfectly Boiled Eggs

Please welcome Jennifer Locklin of Jane Deere! We love her blog (we featured her Chicken Tikka Masala the other day), and this is the first in a series of “Techniques” posts from her.. so stay tuned!  See the whole series. Looking for the perfect hard, medium, or soft-cooked egg? It’s really very simple…just follow along […]

How to pre-cook and freeze meatballs

I love the convenience of reaching into the freezer and grabbing a few handfuls of meatballs for something like a quick spaghetti dinner.  When my child was a toddler, meatballs were a great alternative to whatever meat the adults were having (like steak!), so I’d pull out a few frozen meatballs, and quickly have a […]