Dinner on the table in Minutes

Now that I am “cheffing” as a profession some may think I now make elaborate meals every night of the week.  Well what I have found in actuality is I am spending less time in my own kitchen, cooking less for myself and more for others.  So I am still all about quick fast mealsRead more

New Beginning!!

So I’ve made the leap, I’ve left  my career in architecture of nearly 15 years to begin a new career in the culinary field!!  In the coming weeks I will be redoing my website to offer personal cheffing and catering services while continuing to share great recipes on my blog….stay tuned for that!  On theRead more

Quick and Easy Scallops

Scallops are the fast thing I seem to make, and also the easiest.  They literally are placed in a hot pan with oil for a minute and then flipped and cooked another minute.  So if you, like me, like to have some quick weeknight dinners to pull out of your back pocket here is another oneRead more

Shrimp Boil!

Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I talk about my love for quick and easy weeknight dinners.  But I really love discovering those recipes which don’t necessarily taste like they were a simple dish to throw together.  This next recipe is just that!

Brick Chicken – a favorite grill recipe…

Summer is right around the corner. I had Matt go out and get a new propane tank for our grill so we can take advantage of the warm weather we are finally having consistently. I went to the market and picked up 2 chickens…yes 2 chickens for 2 people. The way I think of itRead more

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

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

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

Bloody Valentine

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! Because I LOVE food so much I decided to put up 2 posts this Valentine’s Day!!  Ever hear the old saying “the way to the heart is through the stomach?”  Whoever came up with that I don’t think ever took an anatomy class.  BUT for me I know I put out a lotRead more

Sweet & Spicy

I had a bit of pork tenderloin left over from the recipe I made I my last post. I decide to make a quick stir fry and throw in some shrimp too, why not?  The whole dish came together quickly, didn’t use a ton of ingredients and had such great flavor – a perfect busyRead more

Perfect Dinner Party Main

There are so many recipes out in the world it’s rare that I have a single recipe on repeat. Of all the recipes I’ve made I think this next recipe is one that I have gone back to make the most.  It’s my go to dish for a dinner party.  It’s delicious, unexpected and best ofRead more