Nov 30 2009

Pain Perdu – The Perfection of French Toast

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I love dessert for breakfast! Exactly a year ago during our brunch at Craftbar in Manhattan, we encountered the epitome of perfection that will benchmark all the future french toasts to come. Determined to recreate this recipe at home, I took on the challenge. Bring it on, Tom Colicchio…


Nov 25 2009

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake w/ A Ginger Snap Crust

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

Dare I say it... I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie.  To blend in with the crowd at Thanksgiving dinners, I would douse my slice of this trademark dessert with whipped cream.  So thank you, to this ingenious idea of fusing together the pumpkin infatuation on Thanksgiving with a more alluring dessert. It was bound to ...


Nov 23 2009

Steak Tartare

Steak TartareSteak Tartare

One of the first things he ever told his best friend about me: “She likes steak tartare!” Uttered in the same breath as one would boast about how pretty their girlfriend is or how smart she is, my boyfriend was bragging about how his American girlfriend was down to eat some raw beef. How romantic…


Nov 23 2009

Frisée Aux Lardons

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The French are so lovable. Yes, of course I'm a tad bit biased but how can you deny a country that has heavenly desserts, spectacular wines, a thousand varieties of cheese and a salad with bacon and poached eggs? They are just so damn irresistible. The impromptu purchase of a package of frisée was ...


Nov 20 2009

Blackened Tilapia & Corn Salsa

Blackened Tilapia

Growing up in a Filipino home, tilapia was a staple on the dinner table.  It was always simply broiled, served with jasmine rice and vegetables.  Tilapia was always something you could find at the Asian markets and it didn't occur to me until in recent years, the versatility of this fish. I was born in Philippines ...


Nov 19 2009

Pipérade Basquaise

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I have an affinity for tomatoes. I’m sure you’ve picked up on that by now. A recipe hailing from the beautiful French Basque country, this tomato-based dish holds a special place in my heart…


Nov 18 2009

Massaman Curry & Avocado

Massaman Curry & AvocadoMassaman Curry & Avocado

Since our trip to Chinatown resulted in a spree of Asian vegetables and spices, I declared this week “Asian Week”. It was my own food challenge to create a diversity in our meals while maintaining the theme. Well, that and we honestly don’t have enough room in our pantry and refrigerator.


Nov 18 2009

Fried Banana Split w/ Raspberry Coulis & Chocolate Ganache

Fried Banana Split w/ Raspberry Coulis & Chocolate GanacheFried Banana Split w/ Raspberry Coulis & Chocolate Ganache

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of taking a classic and adding my own twist. One day we ended up with a surplus of bananas, so why not add some sass to this ice cream parlor favorite?


Nov 17 2009

Braised Baby Bok Choy

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As I expand my knowledge on Asian dishes and explore a variety of ingredients, I still can’t help but revert back to one of my “tried and true” vegetable side dishes. But to compensate for my sequacious decision, I opted to braise them instead of my usual steaming method.


Nov 17 2009

Salt-Crusted Striped Bass

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A trip to Chinatown is never complete without a visit to our favorite fish monger. As we scan the catch of the day sprawled out on beds of crushed ice, my mind begins to sift through the menu possibilities for our upcoming week. I know exactly what we need…


Nov 16 2009

Sesame Cucumber Salad – Simply Refreshing

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Inspired by our phenomenal dinner at Ippudo NY, I couldn’t wait to recreate our experience. Sadly, this young, culinary Jedi will have to settle for the simplest of the dishes. Pork belly swimming in savory pork broth, you will have to wait…


Nov 16 2009

Curry Chicken Salad For Two

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When I was in living in LA it was a weekend ritual to stop by Urth Caffe, not for celebrity-spotting (although it was always amusing), but for their delicious curry chicken salad. I love this unique twist to another classic…


Nov 12 2009

Mousse Au Chocolat – Deep, Dark & Sinful

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The French, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1) My wonderful boyfriend 2) delicious desserts. Rich and decadent, the perfect way to satisfy your sweet, chocolaty tooth…


Nov 12 2009

Savory Stuffed Tomatoes

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Yet another tomato recipe. I couldn’t help myself when I was at the farmers market and I saw these giant beefsteak tomatoes. They were begging to be stuffed…


Nov 10 2009

Baked Spanish Mackerel – Plain & Simple

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I always gravitated towards filets, in fear of accidentally swallowing a fish bone which could lead to puncturing my organs (dramatic, I know). Who knew I would be such a fanatic of whole fish?


Nov 9 2009

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup & Fancy Grilled Cheese

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I love introducing him to American comfort foods and one of my all-time favorites is tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. But why not jazz it up a little?


Nov 6 2009

Whole Wheat Stuffing w/ Pancetta, Chestnuts and Parmesan

Whole Wheat Stuffing w/ Pancetta, Chestnuts and ParmesanWhole Wheat Stuffing w/ Pancetta, Chestnuts and Parmesan

The original Thanksgiving Day feast did not have milk, cheese, bread or butter so I’m guessing they didn’t have pancetta either. Lucky for us, we can easily find these ingredients to spice up the holiday stuffing. Pancetta, I am thankful for you!!!


Nov 5 2009

Bourbon Vanilla Panna Cotta

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On a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, we had the most exquisite panna cotta from a tiny little Italian restaurant. We’ve been hooked ever since…


Nov 2 2009

Moules Frites S’il Vous Plaît!

Moules FritesMoules Frites

Such a simple and satisfying meal best served with a side of sweet potato fries. One of our favorite meals…