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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

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

I adore grilling vegetables.  It makes it feel like summer — and not the sticky humid Singapore kind.  But the breezy, pool or beach side type of summer BBQ that you wish would never end. I picked up some zucchini to cook as a side dish for steak, as I was debating making the Zucchini and Almonds Natalya had made … Continue reading

Vegetable Couscous

This was the first time I have “made” couscous before and it was ridiculously easy.  The couscous most stores sell are actually instant couscous that has been pre-steamed and dried.  All you need to do is add boiling water (1:1 ratio is standard) and let it sit for a few minutes.  The taste of this light and fluffy pasta … Continue reading

Red Rice and Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Craisins

I have been wanting to make this super food salad ever since I first was introduced to the red rice and quinoa combination from one of my favorite Singapore lunch spots, The Rotisserie.  The restaurant had served this as a side salad to their rotisserie chicken, but I found the salad to be the main … Continue reading

Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter

  Another summer BBQ necessity is grilled corn on the cob.  The fresh sweet corn from California is next to none, and so when I was back home preparing for my mom’s birthday dinner, she was very eager to point out her recently acquired stock of summer corn ears (she had gone Costco-warehouse-style, the entire … Continue reading

Summer Squash Skewers

Summer to me always signifies BBQ time… and by summer, I mean a proper summer.  In a place where seasons actually change. Fortunately, I was back in good ole ‘merica just in time for summer grills to fire up.  Within a week, I spearheaded three successful summer BBQs for friends and family across the country … Continue reading

The Ultimate Flatbread

I randomly got some puff pastry dough at Trader Joe’s as a back up appetizer for a food gathering I hosted. I wound up not using it, and it wasn’t until I needed a quick easy recipe that this dough inspired me. This recipe honestly feels like cheating, but the end result was pretty nomtastic. … Continue reading

Food Comas: Top 10 in 2013

Happy 2014 everyone!  Thanks for all your support in 2013 and best wishes for the new year. Also see: Food Comas: Top 10 in 2012 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2011 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2010 TOP 10 RECIPES in 2013 1. Baked Fish Tacos 2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Tomato 3. … 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

Sautéed Okra with Garlic

Okra, also know as lady’s fingers, is quite popular in Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.  I have usually eaten them in stews or curries, but I think this vegetable is delicious enough to stand on its own.  I picked up a bunch at my local wet market and decided to do a simple and light saute. … Continue reading