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Seared Scallops with Bacon, Peas, and Red Quinoa

Seared scallops had always been one of those dishes that seemed best left to the restaurant experts.  Delicately juicy on the inside with a perfectly caramelized crust on the outside − it’s any seafoodie’s dream! When I decided to try to tackle cooking these oceans gems myself at home, I started to do my usual cooking tutorial research … Continue reading

Latkes and Eggs

Any reader of this blog knows that I’m obsessed with poached eggs. Jen and I have made so many iterations from Thomas Keller’s Roasted Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Prosciutto, to Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Benedict, to  Poached Eggs with Tomato and Salmon, to California Eggs Benedict. The potato latke, though, is an homage to the … Continue reading

Blue Hill, NYC

Blue Hill Chef: Dan Barber Cuisine: American Nouveau Price: Appetizers $15-20, Mains $30-40, tasting menu also available Phone: 212-539-1776 Address: 75 Washington Place, NY, NY 10011 Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm – 11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm I already wrote extensively about Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, so I will not repeat myself here. The New York … Continue reading

Borsch

Borsch is a very traditional Russian beets-based stew. It is typically very heavy, savory, and perfect for cold winter nights. I think traditionally it came to be as a way to combine whatever vegetables were available with scraps of meat and fattiness into a hot stew. But I obviously had the option to use more … Continue reading

California Eggs Benedict

For President’s Day Weekend, I decided to surprise my parents with a last-minute trip home.  I flew in late Friday night and spent the night with my sister, who had helped ensure that my living-the-retired-life parents would be home that weekend.  We spent the night plotting our breakfast surprise for the next morning whilst snacking … Continue reading

The Publican, Chicago

The Publican Chef: Paul Kahan Cuisine: American Nouveau, Gastropub Neighborhood: Near West Side/West Loop Price: $10-15 brunch entrées, $8-10 brunch cocktails Address: 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Phone: (312) 733-9555 Hours: Mon-Thurs: 3:30-10:30pm ; Frid-Sat: 3:30-11:30pm ; Sun: 10am-2pm (brunch) & 5-10pm The Publican, located in the Fulton Market District in Chicago is … Continue reading

Stuffed Chicken with Tomatoes

 I randomly bought a pack of chicken breasts the last time I was grocery shopping and felt like trying out a new recipe to make them. I consulted my trusty What to Cook and How to Cook It book and found this recipe which I have been meaning to try for a while. It calls … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is a super easy pasta salad that I love to make at any time of the year.  The pasta is full of rich Mediterranean flavors, and includes as medley of tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mozarella, and bacon.  I have used feta cheese before although I think the milder mozzarella is a much better complement to the rest of the … Continue reading

Egg Salad BLT

Everyone has their own hangover cure — and usually, eggs are the popular choice.  Apparently, there is a scientific reason behind this: egg yolks contain a large amount of cysteine, which breaks down acetaldehyde, one of the culprits behind a hangover.  But enough of a nerdy babble talk, eggs are awesome.  However, fried eggs tend … Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After a friend brought Brussels sprouts with bacon to our Thanksgiving Eve dinner, I couldn’t help but want to make my own as soon as possible!  Roasting Brussels sprouts, or any vegetable for that matter (such as asparagus), is quite simple — all you need is a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  There … Continue reading