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Summer Vegetable Gratin

Another Thomas Keller special from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook!  This is a healthy, low fat gratin recipe without the heavy cream and cheese.  Layers of summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions are baked with a sprinkle of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to get a light golden crust. This is a good dish … Continue reading

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

Thanksgiving Eve in Singapore

It’s been over a year since I had moved to Singapore, and I am glad to say that I am starting to feel a lot more settled here.  With that, I decided it was about time to introducing some new traditions to my expat life. Back in New York, Natalya and I had hosted Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Brazilian Cooking Class

As I typically do on all my travels, I signed up for a cooking class as soon as I arrived in Brazil.  It was winter and the weather was a bit dreary during the week I was in Rio de Janeiro.  Cooking classes are a great rainy day activity (although I would do it even … Continue reading

Burrata, Tomato and Basil Salad

Mozzarella… just when you think it can’t get any better… oh, it does. Burrata, which means “buttered” in Italian, is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is mozzarella while the inside is a mixture of mozzarella and cream, which gives it a soft texture and a rich, buttery flavor.  … Continue reading

Mashed Potato Cheddar Biscuits

After Thanksgiving this year, I decided to get creative with my leftovers and make a Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Benedict. I used the leftover roast turkey slices for the meat, I added cranberry sauce to the Hollandaise sauce, and lastly I used my leftover mashed potatoes to make biscuits.

Mini Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! As Natalya mentioned in her Apple Cider from Scratch post, sadly we did not host our annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner this year. There have been many changes over the last few months; most notably changes in permanent address. After five amazing years of dining, cooking, and hosting awesome meals … Continue reading

Scrambled Egg Whites with Crab Meat 大良炒牛奶

The last time I visited home, my dad and I set about to cook some traditional Chinese dishes together.  The central theme of the dinner was seafood and using up all the leftover egg whites I had from the making Hollandaise sauce earlier for brunch.  We decided to cook a simple Fish Fillet with Broccoli Stir … 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

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