Can’t believe it’s the eve before the eve of Christmas. Although I’m not Italian, not evenly remotely so, I’ve always wanted to do a Feast of the Seven Fishes — an Italian Christmas Eve celebration. For my hypothetical seafood feast, I would start with some oysters, brandade, or smoked fish pâté, followed by octopus (of course), … Continue Reading

I’ve had this recipe for a vadouvan carrot puree with seared sea scallops in the queue for quite some time, but never got around to posting it. Not sure why? Somehow this recipe slipped through the cracks, but it’s definitely worth sharing. Perhaps you’ve heard of vadouvan?? It’s become rather ‘trendy’ as of late (truth … Continue Reading

After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading

One of the many things I love about travel is discovering new ingredients and ways to prepare them. Enjoyed salt cod before (mostly in the form of brandade or croquettes, yum and yum), though had never experienced so many preparations of salt cod (bacalhau) until a recent visit to Portugal. I’ve read that Portugal has 365 … Continue Reading

Had quite the busy day in the kitchen. Somehow a few summer vegetables (okay more than a few, I tend to go overboard when it comes to food)  — baby artichokes, colorful bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and garlic… Turned into… A Greek-meze (mezethes) inspired feast. I ♥ Greece and its cuisine.  Greek food is simple (but by … Continue Reading