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

Chilean Cuisine Cooking Class

In December 2011, Natalya and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to South America for a holiday.  In Argentina, we were able to fulfill all our foodie dreams of Argentine steak, chimichurri, and bold red wines.  By the time we had crossed the Andean Lakes into Chile, we were completely beef-ed out and the cow population had probably … Continue reading

Ensalada Chilena

On our most recent holiday in South America, Natalya and I were completely wowed by the cuisine of Chile.  Chilean cuisine and cooking techniques are quite simplistic but what defines Chilean cuisine to me is the ultimate freshness of the produce.  I felt that every fruit and vegetable I tasted in Chile was by far the best I had … Continue reading

Auntie Meliza’s Potato Salad

This is my favorite potato salad dish that my Auntie Meliza brings to all our family gatherings — even if it’s not a potluck!  My mom always referred to this potato salad as “Chinese-style” as it uses Spam® which is apparently known as “Chinese ham” to my people (which only included me very recently).  There’s … Continue reading

Mini Caprese

Insalata Caprese is a simple Italian salad made of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.  When you downsize all the ingredients to bite-size form, you get the perfect party appetizer that is both refreshing and, well, really cute.  I prefer to keep my Mini Caprese salad skewers very simple; I use the same olive oil + balsamic vinegar + … Continue reading

Lady Marmalade Chicken Salad

I saw this recipe in the Food Network Magazine and had immediately wanted to try it; the idea of roasting a chicken in an orange marmalade sounded delicious!  The chicken is then tossed into a salad of green apples, red grapes, shallots, Greek yogurt, cashews, and a bit of curry and cumin seasoning.  This combination … Continue reading

Wonton Baskets

For an upcoming rooftop party Natalya and I were hosting, I was trying to figure out some good hors d’œuvre ideas that would be easy to eat.  Finger foods would be ideal. I was thinking along the lines of little quiche cups, but I wanted something a little bit lighter and refreshing for the summer.  … Continue reading

Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam Thai)

I was first introduced to making Papaya Salad by my friend Rahul during one of our Thai-themed cookouts where we watched a sweet auntie on Thai Food Cast demonstrate the step-by-step process.  Papaya salad is a popular Southeast Asian dish that has wonderful sweet, sour, salty, and spicy accents.  It is super easy to prepare … Continue reading

Watercress, Avocado and Orange Salad

I came across this salad recipe in an issue of the Food Network Magazine and thought it sounded amazing.  The refreshing, fruity flavors came together quite well and it was super quick and easy to make.  I especially loved the homemade citrus dressing with orange juice lime, honey, and dijon mustard.  For other salad dressing … Continue reading

Candied Walnuts

There are various ways to make candied walnuts, ranging from stove top, roasting, or deep frying.  I first started making these yummy little morsels to top one of my favorite salads with Roasted Beets, arugula, goat cheese, red onion, and tomatoes.  These are great for salad toppers or just to munch on by themselves.  I … Continue reading