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Peruvian Cooking Class – Dinner

After landing in Lima on my Peru travels, one of the first orders of business was scheduling a Peruvian cooking class. Natalya had taken a class with Sky Kitchen when she was in Lima several years ago and she highly recommended it. She took the class with the lunch dishes, which she wrote about here: … Continue reading

Causa

Causa is a unique Peruvian dish made of potatoes (shocker, I know) that are mashed and seasoned with key lime, onion, chili, and oil.  The mashed potatoes are then layered with a variety of stuffings, such as avocado, chicken, canned tuna, or shellfish.  This potato salad “cake” is usually served cold.  Causa is very popular … Continue reading

Balinese Cooking Class

Bali is one of the world’s most popular island destinations with its beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, lush rice terraces, cultural and historical attractions, and top diving and surfing spots… this paradise has something for everyone! The first time I traveled to Bali was in 2008 with Natalya, during which we did plenty of the “touristy … Continue reading

Penang Achar

Achar is a word used in many Indo-Aryan languages for “Indian pickle.” This dish is composed of a variety of vegetables that are essentially pickled by being blanched in vinegar. This achar is particularly delicious to be eaten the next day when all ingredients infuse together. We prepared this dish during our Penang Cooking Class, … 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

Mango Arugula and Avocado Salad

Tori actually found and suggested this recipe and we incorporated it into our dinner feast to really maximize the healthy veggie factor of our meal. The salad is pretty simple but I think the combination of mango and avocado is severely underestimated. Jen and I actually made Mango Pomegranate Guacamole before and it was a … Continue reading

Lime Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad

This salad is definitely a recipe both Jen and I have had pinned on our food boards for a while, and I finally committed to it to try it. I saw a few versions of the salad and the one I was inspired by most was from the Diva Dish. I loved the interplay of … Continue reading

Hawaiian Mac Salad

This is the final and BEST side dish to complete our Hawaiian BBQ plate.  I became addicted to macaroni salad in Hawaii (my sister studied “abroad” there for a year).  I have always been a little afraid to learn what exactly was in this dish because is so friggin’ delicious, and well… my fears were … Continue reading

Cole Slaw

Jen and I love cooking for friends and, well, have them feed us as well. One of our neighbors was making Kālua Pork one night so Jen and I were tasked with making some sides. She decided to try Lomi-Lomi Salmon and I made Cole Slaw. Because my dish was relatively easy, I decided to … Continue reading

Soba Salad

For my mom’s 60th birthday celebration, we had a big BBQ at my parent’s house and enjoyed grilled meats and veggies.  This refreshing soba salad dish came from my mom’s friend and it was a huge hit!  The ingredient quantities are very flexible… I just started throwing stuff in… Melanie’s Soba Salad (recipe courtesy of … Continue reading