Thai Chicken Satay (Satay Gai)

    Chicken satay is a classic appetizer of grilled skewered chicken that is marinated in all the savory spices characteristic of Southeast Asian cuisine: turmeric, coriander, lemongrass, garlic and chili powder.  While satay is internationally known as a popular Thai appetizer, the dish actually originated in Indonesia where it is a national dish. Regardless of its origins, chicken satay is … 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

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

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

Pebre & Chancho en Piedra (Chilean Salsa)

When Natalya and I were recently traveling through Chile, we found the two most popular condiments restaurants served with their starter bread were a roasted red pepper purée and and Chancho en Piedra (Chilean salsa).  We were huge fans of the salsa as it complemented any foods, such as bread, empanadas, grilled meats, fish, and so on. The base … Continue reading

Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce

I found this recipe randomly on epicurious.com when I was searching for hearty appetizers for my Christmas Eve Eve dinner. What appealed to me is the combination of all the ingredients I really love: cauliflower, tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, etc. I made a few changes to the original recipe, which I will note below. Cauliflower … Continue reading

Our Third Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Last Wednesday, Natalya and I hosted Thanksgiving Eve dinner for a bunch of our friends who, like us, have no choice but to stick around the city during this foodie holiday because of work Friday.  Our first year, we made the mistake of not making it clear to our guests we were preparing legitimate food … 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

Crunchy Deviled Eggs

For our Thanksgiving Eve dinner, Natalya and I decided to try a new deviled eggs recipe.  I saw a recipe for A Little Bit of Devilish Eggs and decided to substitute celery for chives to add a nice crunch (plus I had some leftover celery from the Whole Roasted Chicken).  These deviled eggs have a … Continue reading

Truffled Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are the ultimate party hors d’oeuvre and so very easy to make.  All you have to do is boil eggs, take out the dry yolk and mix it up with some mayonnaise and spices, and plop it back into the egg white half.  I have been making my deviled eggs in the Classic … Continue reading