• Pear and Vanilla Aigre-Doux

    Pear and Vanilla Aigre-Doux

    An amalgamation of sharp offset by honey, pears, and off-dry wine, its sweet-sour tang is perfect with rich blue cheeses.

  • Apricot-and-Basil Shortbread Tart


    Pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel layers roasted fresh apricots atop basil custard to make a gorgeous tart. The tender crust is extraordinary: Combining hard-boiled egg yolk and potato starch, it’s based on a classic dough that he learned from Paris pastry … Continue reading

  • Caramel Flan

    Easy As Flanned…

    I’ve come across hundreds of flan recipe with very similar ingredients and steps, but since this is my first unflanned attempted,  I found this one to be the easiest…especially for a rookie ‘flanner’ like me ;-)

  • Kimchi 101

    Kimchi 101

    Kimchi 101 This shortcut version is more pickled than fermented.  Either way, you’ll love this as a condiment with your favorite Asian cuisines…

  • Lunch with Hubby

    The Classic Caesar Salad

    Today’s lunch menu with the hubs was Scotch Eggs and The Classic Caesar Salad with a Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne Rose Cuvee Belle Epoque 2004…just because.

  • Tomato and Anchovy Salad

    Tomato with Anchovy Salad

    I have to admit that this is probably one of the best salads I’ve made thus far. If you’re a fan of both tomatoes and anchovies you’ll have to give this one a try!

  • Salty, Spicy, Sweet on Sweet Potato Fries

    The other night hubby and I watched Chopped, one of many favorite cooking challenges we enjoy viewing on the tele.  The new episode featured ‘grandma vs grandma’ where four, sweet elderly ladies eagerly anticipated the surprise ingredients from their baskets.

  • Pancit Guisado

    Pancit Guisado

    I wanted to make use of some ingredients I had lingering around in the fridge to see what I can come up with–cabbage, frozen, organic peas, left over Honey Baked Ham, button mushrooms, and some chicken stock…

  • Bison Meatballs Calzones

    My Big, Fat Italian Meatball Calzones…

    Here’s a little something I put together this afternoon.  It coincides with an old world dough recipe I made a couple of days ago–basically taking my favorite pizza dough recipe and freezing it for a couple of days; then thawing … Continue reading

  • Easy Baklava Tarts

    Easy Baklava Tartlettes

    It was National Baklava Day last Monday and ever since then I started craving for some.  Normally I’m not an avid fan of Baklava.  I’ve probably eaten it trice in my life–from a party, from a homemade version that my … Continue reading

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