Saag Paneer

Fresh from a trip to London and inspired by my penultimate meal of Indian food, I needed saag paneer.  Fresh, homemade, cheese made from whole milk, made golden

Comfort food congee

Ok this gets written before I pass out completely from jet lag. I just got back from a trip to Amsterdam and Copenhagen with my sister and brother

Slow cooker chicken chili

Full disclosure: this will be a short post and mostly me raving about how great this recipe from Smitten Kitchen is.  In addition, if I didn’t take advantage

Mad for Macarons!

If you haven’t noticed, I am a bit mad for macarons.  A bit obsessed one might say.  The delicate almond, egg white, and sugar cookies area  perfect nexus

Lunch with the rain

Inspired by the chefs over at Canal House Cooks Lunch, I was inspired to do a little simple “this is what I ate for lunch” post. I needed

I made my own yogurt!!

I recently added NPR to my Facebook feed and am really liking the gems they post, but arguably my favorite one so far was the post “Yes, It’s

Cooking lessons

So when one opens there big fat trap on facebook, one ends up giving a “cooking lesson.” Never tease someone about their burnt pizza or inability to boil

Chicken and kimchi stir fry

How did I go from not liking kimchi as a child to loving it as an adult.  No, “not liking” isn’t strong enough – hating?  DETESTING.  Yes.  Ridiculing

Blanco de verano

Inspired by a recent trip to Spain, a find at the local market on Hatteras Island, and “vacation time” -where every hour is cocktail hour – I present

Pick-up Paella

I’m going to get some grief from some by calling this a paella.  It’s not the paella that people think of with the beautiful prawns and mussels you’d

Monday night Padrons

It’s hot out. Well, all things considered not THAT hot. It’s not Death Valley hot. It’s not even El Cajon hot. Ok it’s just kind of warm and

Okayu, plus some.

This lunch started as some simple okayu, or Japanese rice porridge. I had felt the beginning of a sore throat over the last few days and needed some

Smoked Paprika Kale chips

I need to stop eating these.  Wait, do I need to stop eating these?  I’m so confused!  They are chips.  But they are kale.  HELP!!! The garden gave

Spinach Cooler

Who woulda thunk I’d drink something like this and like it as much as I did. IT. WAS. DELICIOUS. And it is from my new favorite food blog:

THE Beef Wellington!!

Finally.  I WILL sit down and write this blog post.  The writing block surrounding this particular culinary endeavor has almost been as bad and scary and intimidating as

Best sick food ever!

So you are feeling sick? Going for chicken soup? I recommend putting this on the stove immediately instead. Okayu, in Japanese, or congee, in Chinese is essentially rice

Yet another frittata

How can one tire of frittatas? I don’t think it is possible, especially with fresh ingredients in the back yard like the ones in the picture below. This

Chicken Chickpea stew

Baby it’s cold outside and I needed a quick warm up dinner!! It’s been unusually cold here for 3-4 days in a row now, down to around freezing

Panettone Bread Pudding

Picture this: me at Cost Plus World Market.  Overwhelmed by holiday ornaments, decorations, special holiday brews and bubblies placed out.  I’m there simply to find cool jars to

Steak and Cheese, My Way

Happy holidays everyone!  I’ve been off work since Friday evening and have fully decompressed, enjoying time in my house and time with good…no strike that…GREAT, friends, complete with

Master of the gnocchi

Thank you Aida Mollenkamp.  Thank you for combining two of my favorite things, gnocchi and sweet potato.  Thank you for writing a recipe that would finally enable me

Tomato and corn pie

I’m remiss – I didn’t take a picture of this fresh, but it was even better the next day! At work even, without the benefit of a beautiful

Radish time!

Tough day… the universe was really poking at me, working my last nerve.  But it rewarded me with some garden goodness when I got home.  I pulled up

Vietnamese graduation lunch!

After my favorite run/surf/yoga buddy’s law school graduation, I got the Asian mother guilt when I hesitated to accept the family invite to join them for lunch. WOW!