Shakshuka – Runny Yolk-style!

Tomatoes play heavily into my daily food.  In fact I wrote about tomatoes being my favorite food last year. I wrote about tomatoes because I eat them in some form every day. They are my “bonbons”, my candy! However the reason I really wrote about tomatoes last year was to share how to make one…

Quinoa Vermicelli with Clam Sauce

Pasta is pretty much a dinner staple in our house.  It is without question one of my go-to dinners when I don’t have a ton of time, including not even enough time to think about what’s for dinner. Thankfully my husband, who I’m pretty sure wakes up thinking about ‘what’s for dinner’, likes pasta a…

Frittata

We love frittatas! And for good reason, there’s a lot to love about them! First up, they are a meal in one.   It can have vegetables, protein (other meats in addition to the eggs) and dairy (from the cheese), making a nice well-rounded meal. Second, a frittata is awesome because it can be breakfast,…

Lasagne. Inspired.

I’m not Italian.  Not even a little bit.  But I have been to Italy, actually a number of times.  In fact currently I live only an hour from the Italian border.   I only wish that gave me a heads up when it comes to making Lasagne.   Alas it does not.  That did not however…

Fladen: You had me at Walnuts!

I wasn’t looking for a cake recipe. Or even a dessert recipe. I was just checking out one of my favorite blogs, Lemon and Vanilla. But then there it was, her beautiful blog post about the Hungarian Christmas cake called a Fladen. Yeah, I didn’t know what a Fladen was either but truth be told,…

HoHoHo Holiday Hors d’oeuvre Smarts

The holidays are such a fun time of year….family, friends, parties and of course Santa.  But it’s also a challenge to get everything done so you can actually enjoy the family, friends and parties, not to mention be ready for Santa. The “go all out” mentality can exhaust you so for me I have found…

Caramelized Shallot and Tomato Jam

  I bought a big bag of shallots the other day which is really not that unusual for me as I love shallots. I first came to appreciate shallots when I was in culinary school in Paris back in the 90’s. Prior to that I’m sure I cooked with shallots occasionally but only if a…

Terracotta Cooking: Chicken & Lentils

I recently was at a friend’s place and was surprised when I opened one of her cabinets and found this: Since my friend does not come from a country whose traditional ethnic cooking is done in terracotta dishes I was surprised to see her vast and varied collection.  But far be it from me to judge,…

Apple Pie

Overall my husband is a pretty good sport.  When it comes to food, I’d say he is an excellent sport.  He rarely makes special food requests, happily gobbles up whatever I make and follows it with a nice compliment. As a chef, this is nice as it gives me lots of leeway to experiment and…

Wine Poached Pears stuffed with Mascarpone Cheese

It’s apple season.  I love apples. 🍎🍏  I literally eat an apple a day and not just to keep the doctor away.  I just love apples. Fall is also pear 🍐 season.  But for whatever reason, the fall season spotlight doesn’t seem to shine as bright on pears as it does on apples.  However for…