Buttermilk Pancakes

What better way to start a morning than with pancakes? When they are fresh out of the pan and drizzled with maple syrup, it is like giving your belly and soul a warm hug. Now, who can say no to

Buttermilk Pancakes

What better way to start a morning than with pancakes? When they are fresh out of the pan and drizzled with maple syrup, it is like giving your belly and soul a warm hug. Now, who can say no to

Soy Kale Chips

When it comes to kale, I find people either love or loathe it. As for me, I will admit that I’m not much of a fan- its dense texture and lack of natural flavor is akin to eating cardboard. That

Soy Kale Chips

When it comes to kale, I find people either love or loathe it. As for me, I will admit that I’m not much of a fan- its dense texture and lack of natural flavor is akin to eating cardboard. That

Pineapple Sorbet

I don’t know if it is just my taste buds, but for me, the pineapple is simultaneously contrasting in being sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and even salty. The pineapple’s distinct flavor really packs a punch and can be sometimes overwhelming.

Pineapple Sorbet

I don’t know if it is just my taste buds, but for me, the pineapple is simultaneously contrasting in being sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and even salty. The pineapple’s distinct flavor really packs a punch and can be sometimes overwhelming.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

My little sister always makes coconut macaroons whenever she hears the word “potluck.” She’s made them so many times, she can do them in her sleep and has it practically down to a science. So finally one day I pulled

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

My little sister always makes coconut macaroons whenever she hears the word “potluck.” She’s made them so many times, she can do them in her sleep and has it practically down to a science. So finally one day I pulled

Purple Cabbage & Carrot Ribbon Salad with Mission Figs, Radish, & Walnuts

Who says a salad has to be green? Here, the purple (also known as red) cabbage is the star of the show. When shaved down into a little nest, the deep purple hues of this hearty vegetable contrast well with

Purple Cabbage & Carrot Ribbon Salad with Mission Figs, Radish, & Walnuts

Who says a salad has to be green? Here, the purple (also known as red) cabbage is the star of the show. When shaved down into a little nest, the deep purple hues of this hearty vegetable contrast well with

Sweet Egg Soup

This sweet soup is from my mother’s kitchen. She doesn’t have a sweet tooth, nor is she much of a baker, so sweets were not very common in our household growing up. I remember it being a real treat whenever

Sweet Egg Soup

This sweet soup is from my mother’s kitchen. She doesn’t have a sweet tooth, nor is she much of a baker, so sweets were not very common in our household growing up. I remember it being a real treat whenever

Linguine Pasta with Butter and Arugula

This pasta is a great and simple one to prepare since it does not require a cooked sauce. The linguine is dressed with butter, parmesan cheese, lemon, olive oil, and comes together with heat from the warm pasta. Add in

Linguine Pasta with Butter and Arugula

This pasta is a great and simple one to prepare since it does not require a cooked sauce. The linguine is dressed with butter, parmesan cheese, lemon, olive oil, and comes together with heat from the warm pasta. Add in

Cremini Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes, flavors, textures, and rarities. One of my favorite varieties is the commonly found cremini (which is actually a baby portobello) and is readily available at pretty much any local market. Normally, I enjoy my

Cremini Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes, flavors, textures, and rarities. One of my favorite varieties is the commonly found cremini (which is actually a baby portobello) and is readily available at pretty much any local market. Normally, I enjoy my

Vegetable Japchae aka Korean Sweet Potato Noodles

One of the more popular of Korean foods, Japchae (commonly pronounced: jap-chay, job-chay, or chap-chay) is a sweet potato noodle dish traditionally made with stir-fried vegetables, beef, and topped with sesame seeds. Like most Asian foods, the idea of cooking

Vegetable Japchae aka Korean Sweet Potato Noodles

One of the more popular of Korean foods, Japchae (commonly pronounced: jap-chay, job-chay, or chap-chay) is a sweet potato noodle dish traditionally made with stir-fried vegetables, beef, and topped with sesame seeds. Like most Asian foods, the idea of cooking

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These mini-cakes are easy to make, quick to decorate, and always put a smile on one’s face. Not to mention: if you bring these to a party, some of those smiles will be for you! Makes 24 cupcakes For the

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These mini-cakes are easy to make, quick to decorate, and always put a smile on one’s face. Not to mention: if you bring these to a party, some of those smiles will be for you! Makes 24 cupcakes For the

Chicken Stock

Chicken is a constant in my kitchen. I find myself eating this staple poultry in one form or another on a weekly basis. In the effort to not waste and maximize every ingredient that crosses the chopping block, making my

Chicken Stock

Chicken is a constant in my kitchen. I find myself eating this staple poultry in one form or another on a weekly basis. In the effort to not waste and maximize every ingredient that crosses the chopping block, making my

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love my ice creams and will take any seasonal opportunity to keep my freezer stocked with a quart (or three!) of this creamy treat. Pumpkin is one of those flavors that comes with so many associations of Autumnal weather

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love my ice creams and will take any seasonal opportunity to keep my freezer stocked with a quart (or three!) of this creamy treat. Pumpkin is one of those flavors that comes with so many associations of Autumnal weather

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing is among the most comforting of comfort foods in the winter season. Traditionally made during Thanksgiving, but not limited to that sole holiday, I make this throughout the colder months since it is a simple one-pot type of meal

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing is among the most comforting of comfort foods in the winter season. Traditionally made during Thanksgiving, but not limited to that sole holiday, I make this throughout the colder months since it is a simple one-pot type of meal

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic-Glazed Bacon

These little mini cabbages have always had a bad rap, mostly because they are generally cooked to death- being boiled or steamed until they become gray and mushy, with a sulphuric smell. Brussels sprouts do have a distinct taste, but

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic-Glazed Bacon

These little mini cabbages have always had a bad rap, mostly because they are generally cooked to death- being boiled or steamed until they become gray and mushy, with a sulphuric smell. Brussels sprouts do have a distinct taste, but

Apple Pie

This is probably the most iconic, classic American dessert in our country’s edible lexicon. Every family has their own recipe and tradition in making this pie. For some, like my friend Dan, it is his way of signaling the arrival

Apple Pie

This is probably the most iconic, classic American dessert in our country’s edible lexicon. Every family has their own recipe and tradition in making this pie. For some, like my friend Dan, it is his way of signaling the arrival

Meatloaf

Ah meatloaf… one of the most comforting of comfort foods. I mean, it’s pretty hard to say resist the aroma of this roast wafting out of the oven. The best part? This meatloaf is packed with a fair share of

Meatloaf

Ah meatloaf… one of the most comforting of comfort foods. I mean, it’s pretty hard to say resist the aroma of this roast wafting out of the oven. The best part? This meatloaf is packed with a fair share of

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts because it brings together two of my most beloved food groups: bread and chocolate! The great thing about this recipe is its versatility; the pudding can become sweeter, richer, or milder

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts because it brings together two of my most beloved food groups: bread and chocolate! The great thing about this recipe is its versatility; the pudding can become sweeter, richer, or milder

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini aka Porcini Mushroom Risotto

My friends Neal and Roberto came over from Rome for a visit and I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with them in the kitchen. We got together and spent an evening catching up and come dinnertime, Roberto

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini aka Porcini Mushroom Risotto

My friends Neal and Roberto came over from Rome for a visit and I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with them in the kitchen. We got together and spent an evening catching up and come dinnertime, Roberto

Orecchiette Pasta in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

From Italian, orecchiette translates to “little ear,” which is an appropriate name since this small, round pasta cooks up into little pockets (or ears!) that are perfect for holding onto cream sauces. Most times, a pasta sauce can be prepared

Orecchiette Pasta in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

From Italian, orecchiette translates to “little ear,” which is an appropriate name since this small, round pasta cooks up into little pockets (or ears!) that are perfect for holding onto cream sauces. Most times, a pasta sauce can be prepared

Melon Mint Salad

There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to selecting a good melon. For me this is how I go about it for each one – WATERMELON: look for a large stem-end which indicates it was on the

Melon Mint Salad

There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to selecting a good melon. For me this is how I go about it for each one – WATERMELON: look for a large stem-end which indicates it was on the

Egg, Rice, & Spinach Bowl

I grew up eating rice every night for dinner, so it has become a standard habit of mine when making rice to always make more than needed – which is great because having cooked rice on hand always comes in

Egg, Rice, & Spinach Bowl

I grew up eating rice every night for dinner, so it has become a standard habit of mine when making rice to always make more than needed – which is great because having cooked rice on hand always comes in

Plum Sorbet

Ah, plums… one of those refreshing fruits that can’t be beat. They are the perfect size to snack on, with that great combination of being simultaneously both tart and sweet. And as the season ends, while most people will start

Plum Sorbet

Ah, plums… one of those refreshing fruits that can’t be beat. They are the perfect size to snack on, with that great combination of being simultaneously both tart and sweet. And as the season ends, while most people will start

Broccoli Soup

This is pretty much a variation on my Asparagus Soup recipe, which in essence is a variation on my philosophy on how to make a simple and healthy, yet satisfying soup. Once you get the basic formula down, no vegetable

Broccoli Soup

This is pretty much a variation on my Asparagus Soup recipe, which in essence is a variation on my philosophy on how to make a simple and healthy, yet satisfying soup. Once you get the basic formula down, no vegetable

Sriracha BBQ Pork Ribs

Slow-cooking a rack of ribs smothered in sauce is a perfect introduction to grilling; consistently basting the meat as it cooks keeps it moist and flavorful, which means that even it happens to over-cook, no-one will be the wiser. This

Sriracha BBQ Pork Ribs

Slow-cooking a rack of ribs smothered in sauce is a perfect introduction to grilling; consistently basting the meat as it cooks keeps it moist and flavorful, which means that even it happens to over-cook, no-one will be the wiser. This