Month: November 2014

Arabica and Robusta? Spill the Beans

Most of us are familiar with the term “Arabica” found on the pack of espresso sold at the supermarket. Actually this is pretty misleading, since a real espresso consist of a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. Likewise, there’s this rumor floating around that only Arabica beans are really good coffee beans. That’s not entirely […]

Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon and Capers in a White Wine Sauce

This dish is delicious and quick to prepare, requiring only a few ingredients, making it the perfect mid-week meal. And one that remains impressive enough for a spontaneous dinner invitation. The subtle saltiness of the capers and smoked salmon will keep you coming back for more! This spaghetti with smoked salmon and capers in a white […]

Beluga Lentils and Beets in a Herbs de Provence & Orange Vinaigrette

I love beets, want to eat beets, but how do you keep them interesting? A bowl of boiled beets is blasé…even if you ask yourself how could anything so simple taste sooo yummy? You can’t go wrong with this combo. Roasted beets and delectable beluga lentils in a sweet, tangy fresh hand-squeezed OJ with herbes […]

Coffee Storage: Storing Your Coffee Beans Properly

I don’t know how it is for you, but I have always wondered how I should really store my coffee properly. As I’m not one for run of the mill “plain-vanilla” supermarket or instant varieties of coffee, this is pretty important to me. I buy my coffee directly from my local trusted Italian café, perhaps […]

Beluga Lentils with Proscuitto, Baby Green Beans, Cilantro & Mint

Beluga lentils resemble caviar, hence the name. Not only do they make for a beautiful garnish, they are absolutely splendid to eat, especially in a salad. I can’t begin to tell you how delicious this salad is. The flavors of lemon accompanied by “al dente” green beans and the delicate saltiness of prosciutto are an […]

Beef and Shiitake-Lemongrass Miso Soup

Cold season has approached and I am in serious need of hearty, warming foods. With all the veggies in this miso soup, it’s a wonderfully healthy and nourishing bowl of soothing deliciousness and umami glory. Ginger adds an incredible zing, lemongrass, a bright, fresh flavor, shiitake mushrooms a boost for the immune system and nutrient […]

Parsley Tuna Salad

I’m always on the look out for new ideas for creating that perfect mix of ingredients that really make a salad exciting. My recent obsession with using fresh herbs inspired this one, which is truly tasty. The refreshing combination of fresh flat-leaf parsley, cool mint, red sweet pointed pepper, crunchy celery, red onion, and chunky […]

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

This is an easy, breezy sort of recipe that is cozy and familiar as an old pair of jeans. Classic comfort food full of kid-approved flavors and ingredients, making it perfect for a family meal. I used Gemelli (Italian for “twins”) noodles for this recipe. They are corkscrew-shaped, resembling two thick strands of spaghetti twisted […]

Beet Carpaccio with Lemon & Herbs

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, I think beets are just misunderstood. Fresh beets are so much better than the collective childhood memories of beets in a can. Eeeew. I think it’s high time we give them a second chance. The key to beet carpaccio is to use a mandoline to achieve the paper-thin slices. Topped […]

German Potato Salad with Cucumber

Potatoes (Kartoffel or Erdapfel) were first introduced into Europe in the 16th century via a Spaniard homeward bound from South America. From there they slowly spread throughout Europe. Although potatoes were already known in Peru and Chile as food, it was the Italians who first tried to cultivate the them in Europe. With little luck. […]

Spicy Mongolian Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

Craving something spicy and slightly sweet? Despite what the name suggests, Mongolian beef doesn’t actually trace its roots back to Mongolian cuisine. Neither the cooking method or the ingredients have anything to do with the country of Mongolia. The name only implies that it’s “exotic”. I can only say that the picture doesn’t do this […]