Month: June 2014

Spaghetti with Anchovies (Spaghetti con Acciughe)

This dish tastes like it came directly from the Mediterranean. Literally. Yes, anchovies are harvested in the Mediterranean (and North Atlantic). I love anchovies, and I must say they are quite subtle in this dish, but my German boyfriend was confused by that unidentifiable sea-like flavor. I didn’t tell him beforehand. Yes, good strategy. I […]

Bird’s Nest Linguine with Chanterelles, Pink Peppercorns & Mascarpone

This quick and easy pasta dish with chanterelle mushrooms is a great option for a weeknight meal that gives the impression you put a lot of work into it! Pink peppercorns & mascarpone turn it into something delectable! I picked up a package of bird’s nest egg noodles which are somewhere between tagliatelle and linguine […]

Lettuce Varieties: What’s What Guide to Leafy Greens

So many different shapes, sizes and flavors. If you’re interested in exploring lettuce beyond “watery” iceberg, then here’s the place to start. Get to know your lettuce varieties from mizuna, to mâche, to tatsoi and everything in between! Try a mix of any of these with a classic French dressing. A RUGULA Also known as: […]

Quinoa and Lemon Soup

I first tried this soup on a trip to Greece and have loved it ever since. Called Avgolemono (literally meaning egg and lemon), it’s surprisingly yummy. I say surprisingly, as even I would have thought a soup based on the combination of broth, lemon and eggs to be rather…well, strange and a little unappetizing. Wrong […]

Spicy Tomato Salad

About half the size of a roma tomato, egg-shaped baby roma tomatoes are deliciously sweet with a more intense flavor and aroma than the larger variety. They have an elongated “egg” type shape and a deep color. I love these and I adore this tomato salad. First of all, it’s delicious. The chili pepper really […]

Ramen Noodle Salad with Tender Greens

This simple and delicious Asian noodle salad is topped with toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, red pepper and green onions. I sometimes even through in some baby corn for extra flavor, color and crunch. Yes, Ramen noodles are cheap as dirt, which is the main reason why these suckers have remained so darn popular over all […]

Japanese-Style Glazed Salmon

Quick and delicious – it doesn’t much easier than this! This Japanese-style glazed salmon is marinaded in sake, soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar and ginger and served with a mouthwatering Dijon and brown sugar glaze, turning ho hum into something spectacular! The marinade also works great with vegetarian dishes and can easily be used as […]

Japanese Daikon and Carrot Coleslaw

This Japanese style coleslaw is seriously simple and seriously delicious. Daikon and carrot pair fabulously together, especially in a tasty Asian-style dressing. Okay, I am biased, I love most any foods with an Asian flair. So if you haven’t already done so, give daikon a try. It’s delicious. If you are not already familiar, daikon […]

Fennel, Radicchio and Apple Salad in a Tangy Lemon Dressing

The relationship with fennel and radicchio is one of either love or hate. Radicchio for its bitter and spicy taste, and fennel for its sweet, perfumy, anise-like flavor. Fennel’s strength may however be its power to blend well and enhance other flavors. It is fabulous when combined with garlic, tomatoes, onion, or as in this […]