Feb 26 2010

Rustic Tomato & Quinoa Soup – A Peruvian Memory

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It's quite the winter wonderland outside our tiny kitchen in the Big Apple with snow still heavily drifting from the sky as I write this entry. It's another perfect day to cozy up with a bowl of steaming goodness and perhaps reminisce about the warmer days of yore. My opinion still stands - I love the ...

Feb 24 2010

Cream of Wild Mushroom & Leek Soup

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I've already told you about our quack addiction. We managed to ease off a bit since the habit becomes a little costly and quite frankly, an overdose of quack isn't the best for your health. But did I ever confess our addiction to 'shrooms? So long as we stick to the edible and non-hallucinogenic variety, an ...

Feb 22 2010

Poached Pear & Caramelized Pistachio Tart

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Warning: The recipe you are about to view has been proven to cause minor bodily injury. It should only be performed by a trained professional or under strict supervision by an adult. Kids, do not try this at home. *This is what I wished it said at the top of the recipe.* While my last entry had ...

Feb 19 2010

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

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I said to him the other day, "I don't think I have a culinary musing to go along with the rice pudding." To which he matter-of-factly replied, "But you're Asian, baby." Nicely done my racist little expat. Was this a retaliation response for all the times I asked him to carry a baguette under his arm ...

Feb 16 2010

Roasted Tomato & Eggplant Mille-Feuille

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Eggplant is to berries as Superman is to Clark Kent. Catch my drift? Eggplants are, in fact, berries. Much like tomatoes are technically fruits. So should I categorize this dish under "Vegetables" or "Desserts"? What's a girl to do??? I've known for quite some time now about the secret identity of tomatoes but this eggplant factoid ...

Feb 11 2010

Fondant Au Chocolat – Love At First Bite

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Valentine's schmalentine's. Personally, I don't buy it. But for all you Lovey McLoversons out there, here is a decadent dessert that's about as melty as your heart each time you gaze into the eyes of your true love. ***Swoon*** If you knew me at all, you would conclude that I'm probably not the most delicate flower ...

Feb 8 2010

Spicy Minced Pork in Lettuce Cups

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Our trip to Costa Rica is T-minus 32 days. We have to conquer 2 volcanoes, climb a mountain at 3800m (12,467 ft. for my fellow Americans), survive in the rainforest and dive 20m down into the ocean. So yeah, we're remotely trying to eat healthy and shape up. Diets schmiets is what I say. I get ...

Feb 5 2010

San Pellegrino Blood Orange Mojitos

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I am all too familiar with the words, "Vegas baby! Woo Hoo!" which, after a two-day alcohol bingefest, usually precedes the phrase, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas". This time, it's different. An elite group of culinary students would want nothing more than their skills to leave Vegas and move on to the final ...

Feb 2 2010

Jour des Crêpes!

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The second day of February is a religious holiday the French call la Chandeleur - a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary. There are several traditions surrounding this holiday so sit back, eat a crêpe and soak in a little more culture. La Chandeleur, known as Candlemas in America (don't worry, I've never heard ...

Feb 1 2010

Buttermilk Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes & Lemon Curd

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Better late than never. This past Friday was in fact, National Blueberry Pancake Day according to Bon Appétit magazine. Apparently my biological foodie clock is almost in sync because I already had plans to make this for our Sunday brunch. Once upon a time when I still lived in California, one of my most beloved restaurants ...