Mar 31 2010

Kiwi Granita

One of my favorite parts about going on vacation is the challenge to use all our perishable ingredients in order to avoid coming home to radioactive mutant produce with fur and legs. Kiwi was one of them. It was a close call. The day before our early morning flight to Costa Rica, I discovered 5 sneaky ...

Mar 28 2010

A Special Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 Event – The Caribbean Flavors of Costa Rica

I remember it like it was just yesterday... The intense Caribbean sun searing my sand encrusted skin like rare ahi tuna while ambitious rastafarians trek up and down the shore extracting fresh coconut juice with their machetes for parched beach goers. I can still hear the gentle surf crashing and echoes of "pura vida!" from Ticos ...

Mar 5 2010

Oeufs En Cocotte…On Quack

While most women get hot and heavy over French designer labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Christian Lacroix, my heart skips a beat for a different kind of haute couture. Frankly, I'm quite appalled that it wasn't seen on the designer runways last month. While the glitzy NYC Fashion Week has ended, our favorite designer ...

Jan 20 2010

Sparkling Lemon Sorbet

You know how grown-ups always told you never to eat yellow snow? Well, this time it's okay. Go ahead. Eat yellow snow. I know. It doesn't sound appetizing but truth be told, it's the first thing that popped into my mind when I sat down to write my entry for this recipe. That's right, I still ...

Jan 4 2010

Eggs Benedict on Quack

Bonne année et bonne santé! It's been a hectic month with all the baking, gift-wrapping, train rides and weekends away from home. Our apartment is in dire need of a disaster relief task force to finally get things back in tip top shape. But first, I need to divulge our recent addiction to quack. It all ...

Dec 28 2009

Poached Pears In a Shiraz Reduction – Fancy Shmancy

What better way to jump back from my holiday hiatus than a post-Christmas dessert. Perfect on a winter day and light enough to revive me from food coma…

Dec 17 2009

Pumpkin Spice Muffin w/ Gingersnap Crumble

Pumpkin Spice Muffin

As they say in France, "jamais deux sans trois" - never two without three. So I present to you the third of my recent crumble obsession. I wanted one last chance to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon before the holidays were over. And this is such an easy recipe. Trust me. Since my last pumpkin-gingersnap duo ...

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 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 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 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…