Baked Caprese

I can’t believe how long it took us to realize just how much of a goopy, cheesy goodness baked caprese would be. We’ve experimented with a couple of different traditional caprese with Insalata Caprese and Mini Caprese, so I decided to do something different. Another nice benefit of this recipe is that if your ingredients … Continue reading

Cucumber Rolls

Jen and I have recently been getting recipe ideas from Pinterest, which is where this little gem comes from. I made this appetizer for a friend’s dinner party, which almost felt like cheating because of how easy and quick it is to make (especially since our friend Iv had been laboring in the kitchen for … Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Salad

I was introduced to this simple, savory salad at my Knife Skills class at the Institute of Culinary Education located in Flatiron in NYC. I had always wanted to take some technique classes (rather than just learning recipes) and these two courses taught by Brendan McDermott came highly recommended. Knife Skills 1 is all about … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! 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 translates to people drinking a whole lot of tequila and cerveza. … Continue reading

Papa A La Huancaina

I made this appetizer in my Peruvian Cooking Class in Lima. In the interest of saving time, the chef had pre-boiled the potatoes and eggs for us. The dish is a relatively heavy appetizer, since it is potato based with a creamy cheese sauce, so it’s a pretty strong start to a meal. Some of … Continue reading

Taco Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Cilantro Lime Dressing

I stumbled across this recipe from deconstructingthehome a few months ago and was immediately infatuated. Chickpeas aren’t an ingredient I am used to stocking so the recipe photo link just sat there tantalizing me for weeks on my “Recipes to Try” Pinterest board. Finally, I came across a tower of chickpea cartons on sale at … Continue reading

Salad with Buttermilk-Chive Dressing

I was set on the idea of making my Almond and Pecan Crusted Chicken and I decided to serve it with some Roasted Sweet Potatoes. I was looking for another good side dish to complement the meal and was looking for something lighter. I came across a recipe for Almond-Crusted Chicken and Nectarine Salad with … Continue reading

Quinoa Salad Tabbouleh-Style

My quinoa addiction started during my holiday in South America, where I ordered this refreshing quinoa at almost every meal.  I find the taste of quinoa itself to be quite mild, maybe slightly nutty, but I absolutely love the crunchy texture and fluffy consistency.  Sometimes I feel like I am betraying my natural affinity for white … Continue reading

Spring Pea and Cabbage Slaw with Old Bay

Last year, Natalya and I attended the Meatball Master Class at the De Gustibus Cooking School which was taught by Daniel Holzman of the The Meatball Shop.  This refreshing Spring Pea and Cabbage Slaw was served with Mini Maryland Crabcake Balls, and it balanced the saltiness of the crabcakes quite well.  Daniel recommended to use … 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