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Lomo Saltado

When I first arrived in Peru, I was surprised to see all the Chinese eateries all over Lima.  I had not realized how large the Chinese immigrant population in Peru was, or rather, how much influence Chinese culture had on Peruvian cuisine.  Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the current population, although it is … Continue reading

Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon

I know Jen and I often talk about making easy meals and simple recipes. Other times we obviously take days to marinade, brine, experiment, etc. In the realm of quick and easy, this recipe rules all. Honestly this filet mignon, paired with Zucchini and Almonds is the epitomy of fast cooking and deliciousness. The meat … Continue reading

Moroccan Kefta in a Turmeric Tomato Sauce

I talked about koftas / keftas a decent amount in my last post so I won’t blab again.  I had made a batch of Baked Moroccan Keftas and decided to use them to recreate a lovely brunch dish I had tried at Cafe Gitane: Spicy organic meatballs in turmeric tomato sauce with boiled egg, cucumber-yogurt … Continue reading

Baked Moroccan Kefta

I can’t really recall why I was so fixated on making kefta but it was all I could think about cooking for weeks. And the same week I make my first keftas, FrugalFeeding makes a scrumptious looking Beef Kofta Curry. It was a culinary sign! Originating from Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines, koftas (or … 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

Sweet Chili Glazed Meatloaf

“MA!  THE MEATLOAF!!” I had some leftover ground beef and was originally planning to make a beef version of the Meatball Shop’s Spicy Pork Meatballs; however, I realized I was out of tomatoes to make any kind of accompanying sauce.  I was way too lazy to run out and buy any missing ingredients so I rummaged through all … Continue reading

Super Chili

I made this chili for Super Bowl Sunday, and while I am a bit sad the 49ers aren’t playing today, this deliciously hearty bowl of chili has made my stomach very happy! I found two super easy chili recipes on AllRecipes.com that I decided to combine to make my chili: Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili and … Continue reading

Pastel de Choclo (Chilean Corn Pie)

Pastel de Choclo is a very beloved, traditional Chilean dish that is typically eaten during the summer time.  This casserole is made with beef sautéed with onions, chicken, olives, and hard boiled egg pieces covered with dough made of fresh corn.  It is traditionally baked in a clay dish (in a wood burning oven if you really want to … Continue reading

Oxtail Stew

This is one of my favorite dishes that my mother cooks — I always request it when she visits me in NYC.  Oxtail stew is so rich and hearty, and can be very simple to cook, especially if you use Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix like my mother does.  Perhaps one day I will … Continue reading

Mushroom Duxelles Sliders

When preparing the menu for our “Gourmet Game Day,” I was psyched to make sliders.  It should be noted that I had never made sliders before — I had never cooked regular-sized burgers for that matter.  Also, I am not any kind of burger connoisseur as many of my male friends are, but I do appreciate … Continue reading