Tasty easy weeknight pasta

One of the dishes my mom made pretty regularly growing up was a copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Capellini Pomodoro, a pasta dish with a sauce consisting of olive oil, garlic, diced tomatoes and basil. It was a great summer pasta dish, not to heavy with a nice light flavour. Since yesterday turned outRead more

Yikes it’s been a while…

Yikes it has been a while since my last post.  Let’s not do that again!  I guess I haven’t spent that much time cooking and coming up with recipes that seem good enough to share.  But I did put together a tasty salad which I think it worthy of sharing, so back to blogging!

Ginger Braised Chicken

The next recipe is kind of comforting dish. There is a lot of ginger in it and I think that all adds to the overall “comforting” factor of the dish.  Ginger is not only used for its taste, it’s said to help treat various disorders from nausea to arthritis.  I always have a knob ofRead more

SPRING!

one great meal!

Spring is here!! Spring is here!! What better way to celebrate weather warm enough to be outside without a coat than to grill out?  I decided to grill some lobster this past weekend.  I needed a couple of sides to serve with my lobster.  I decided to make a spring vegetable, asparagus and I hadRead more

Spice Hoarder

Indian food is not a cuisine I am very familiar with be it eating or cooking. What better way to get acquainted with a cuisine than to buy a cookbook and start making some of the dishes?!  I also found that while I have a ton of different spices, I needed to purchase several ofRead more

When you need a simple side…

I am not sure how many people noticed but my website was down for about a day.  For me, a person who really doesn’t understand computer codes, nor do I really want to, it is super frustrating when something isn’t working.  Whenever my site is down I tend to spend way longer than I shouldRead more

Kimchi!

In recent years kimchi has become more and more popular in North America. Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine.  It is salted and fermented spicy vegetables, traditionally napa cabbage and radishes.  I had never made kimchi before but I was curious to make some.  It is a process to make but is by noRead more

Let’s make something with Rose Water!

I love using new ingredients! A few months ago my friend Sandy gave me a bottle of rose water for my birthday.  Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water.  Its flavor is used quite a bit in Persian cuisine.  Rose water is also used in cosmetics and has medicinal uses as well. Read more

Part Two of Cuttlefish Ink Challenge

If you remember from this post 2 weeks back, my friend Jamie challenged me to make several dishes with cuttlefish ink.  I created a pasta with the ink and it was delicious!  Next up I decided to make a tempura batter incorporating some of the ink.

Sinus Clearing Dynamite Soup

Bonito Flakes!!!

This is the first recipe from another new cookbook I have! The cookbook is from a British fast food restaurant which makes Asian inspired (more particularly Japanese) food.  They also have a grocery store which they sell their retail products.  All I can say is that after making this first recipe if I lived inRead more

Easy Roast Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables

This past Christmas I received several new cookbooks.  This is the first of the new (Christmas) cookbooks I am trying a recipe from.  So far I am impressed!  The recipe I made was easy to follow, gave some great tips (which I even learned something new) and had options for vegetables medleys to use basedRead more

I have been challenged!

I have been challenged with an ingredient. Back in the summer my friend Jamie (who has since moved to Toronto 🙁 ) challenged me to make a meal using horseradish.  I put together 5 or 6 dishes, including a dessert – a horseradish cheesecake, and served all our friends.  Once again Jamie has challenged me withRead more

Eastern Market Lamb

Eastern Market in Detroit is a super fun place to go. The market is open year round on Saturday’s from 6AM to 4PM.  Not only can you get some really great produce in the farmer market sheds, but the buildings surrounding the sheds are great as well.  You can find a great seafood store, meatRead more

Paella!!

I LOVE paella. Paella is a Spanish rice dish which can include sausage, chicken, shrimp, clams, mussels, and on and on.  This past summer I made a big dish of paella and had a bunch of friends over.  Paella is a great way to feed a lot of people, and it’s not your typical “dinnerRead more

Winter Clams

I have a favorite recipe for clams which involves placing them on the BBQ until they pop open and then tossing in them a spicy garlic oil. I have never made a clam dish that I like better until this next recipe.  And since this next recipe does not involve having to go outside toRead more

GochuJang

  GochuJang is a Korean sauce that is kind of new to me. It is a red chile paste that contains glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, salt and sweetener.  It has a pretty unique flavor, it’s super thick and is pretty strong – meaning it really needs to be stirred into something to make a sauce or marinade ratherRead more