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Borsch

Borsch is a very traditional Russian beets-based stew. It is typically very heavy, savory, and perfect for cold winter nights. I think traditionally it came to be as a way to combine whatever vegetables were available with scraps of meat and fattiness into a hot stew. But I obviously had the option to use more … Continue reading

Palta Reina

Palta Reina was one of the first dishes Jen and I tried once we crossed the Andes into Chile last year. After eating some ridiculously delicious cows and lamb in Argentina, Chilean cuisine was a nice change of scene. Many of the dishes were still on the heavier side (Chileans LOVE their mayo), but we … Continue reading

Sweet Chili Glazed Meatloaf

“MA!  THE MEATLOAF!!” I had some leftover ground beef and was originally planning to make a beef version of the Meatball Shop’s Spicy Pork Meatballs; however, I realized I was out of tomatoes to make any kind of accompanying sauce.  I was way too lazy to run out and buy any missing ingredients so I rummaged through all … Continue reading

California Eggs Benedict

For President’s Day Weekend, I decided to surprise my parents with a last-minute trip home.  I flew in late Friday night and spent the night with my sister, who had helped ensure that my living-the-retired-life parents would be home that weekend.  We spent the night plotting our breakfast surprise for the next morning whilst snacking … Continue reading

Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk, butter, and lemon and is notoriously difficult to prepare.  It should be, since it is one of the five sauces in the fancy French haute cuisine mother sauce repertoire, which also includes Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté (check out my Chilled Corn Velouté), and Tomate. Third time was the … Continue reading

Corned Beef Hash

When I was growing up, corned beef hash was a staple for weekend breakfast in our household.  However, my family would always just buy the pre-made corned beef hash from the can and skillet it up to serve with eggs.  When I decided to surprise my parents with a last-minute trip home and to greet … Continue reading

Baked Goat Brie with Honey and Almonds

When I was visiting my sister, I wanted to introduce her to the amazing world of do-it-yourself baked cheese via a Baked Camembert.  However, I was unable to find any Camembert at her local grocery store. I did find a small round of goat brie which immediately captivated me.  I absolutely love goat cheese and … Continue reading

Honey Lemon Salmon on Watercress Salad

As per usual, I wanted to cook a simple healthy meal and came across this recipe on epicurious. The beauty of this particular salmon dish was that it required no complex ingredients, the prep time was only a couple minutes, and it pairs well with so many side dishes. I chose to serve the salmon … Continue reading

Risotto with Prosciutto, Leeks, and Goat Cheese

It has been over a year since I first visited Beretta restaurant in San Francisco, and I still remember the incredible flavors of their risotto with prosciutto, leeks, and goat cheese.  This is still the best risotto I have tasted — primarily because I am obsessed with goat cheese and leeks.  The sweet sautéed leeks … Continue reading

Cafe Gitane, NYC

Cafe Gitane Cuisine: French, Moroccan Neighborhood: Nolita, West Village Price: ~$30 per person Address: 242 Mott Street, NYC 10012 Phone: (212) 334-9552 Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 9am – 12am, Fri-Sat 9am – 12:30 am CASH ONLY Address: 113 Jane Street, NYC 10014 Phone: (212) 255-4143 Hours: Mon-Fri 7am – 12am; Sat-Sun 7am-1am Credit Cards Accepted The … Continue reading