Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter

Roasted Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter

  Another summer BBQ necessity is grilled corn on the cob.  The fresh sweet corn from California is next to none, and so when I was back home preparing for my mom’s birthday dinner, she was very eager to point out her recently acquired stock of summer corn ears (she had gone Costco-warehouse-style, the entire … Continue reading

Summer Squash Skewers

summer squash skewers

Summer to me always signifies BBQ time… and by summer, I mean a proper summer.  In a place where seasons actually change. Fortunately, I was back in good ole ‘merica just in time for summer grills to fire up.  Within a week, I spearheaded three successful summer BBQs for friends and family across the country … Continue reading

Pulled Duck Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

Pulled Duck Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

So normally, I am much more organized in advance with my dinner parties but my Cinco de Mayo taco party last weekend.. well, clearly just didn’t happen.  I usually throw food parties midday Sunday because it gives me all Saturday to prepare, but my friend Cherie (who has never missed any of my kitchen adventures) asked for Saturday night … Continue reading

Mango Pineapple Salsa

Mango Pineapple Salsa

I made this version of Mango Pineapple Salsa as an accompaniment to Pulled Duck Tacos for my pre Cinco de Mayo taco party recently.  It is a bit sweeter than the recipe Natalya used when she made her Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa (the original recipe actually only called for pineapple but she added it for more … Continue reading

Skirt Steak Tacos

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guac + Pico de Gallo

This weekend, I hosted a taco party for pre Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Quick background on the holiday, May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely … Continue reading

Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey Mustard salad dressing

Back in NYC, Natalya and I were both pretty diligent about making our own salad dressings.  The simple olive oil + balsamic vinegar + seasoning was always a healthy classic.  Occasionally, we would take it up a notch and get fancy with our homemade salad dressings.  I only realized how ambitious we were when searching … Continue reading

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Post Easter, I decided it was time to try out some spring pastas (despite the fact Singapore is essentially season-less).  My favorite spring pasta recipe is Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Peas in a Dill Cream Sauce.  I decided to try something a little different and found a recipe for Smoked Salmon Carbonara by BBC … Continue reading

Baked Sea Bass

Baked Sea Bass

After weeks of family visits and work-related traveling, it was a relief to finally be able to retreat to hermitville aka my couch.   I was long overdue for some hibernation…  My first weekend back home, I went straight to my local market to stock up on enough food so that I wouldn’t have to … Continue reading

Roasted Leg of Lamb

Roasted leg of lamb

Happy Easter all!  I wish all the sugar shakes to my egg-hunting-champion-and-bday-twin Alex! This Easter Sunday post is dedicated to the roast leg of lamb Alex’s mother cooked for us many years ago… and I am posting now out of nostalgia (not because I have actually tried to cook it myself but I did watch … Continue reading

The Ultimate Flatbread

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I randomly got some puff pastry dough at Trader Joe’s as a back up appetizer for a food gathering I hosted. I wound up not using it, and it wasn’t until I needed a quick easy recipe that this dough inspired me. This recipe honestly feels like cheating, but the end result was pretty nomtastic. … Continue reading

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