Grilled Antipasto Ribbon Salad

When it comes to preparing vegetables to cook, my modius operandi is to toss them with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I typically will roast them in the oven because it requires the least amount of attention (see my Roasted Vegetable Salad), but if I am feeling a bit more ambitious, grilling … 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

Skillet Potatoes

Weekend breakfast was always a nice family gathering back home when I was growing up. That was when my dad would usually take the cooking reins and whip up a meal for the family. Other than Corned Beef Hash, my dad would love cooking skillet potatoes with scrambled eggs for our weekend breakfast. And like … Continue reading

Balsamic Roasted Peppers

I had some colorful peppers that were beginning to wrinkle and look less-than-fresh. So not one to waste anything, I decided to roast them with some added flavors and have on hand as a snack, side dish, or a delicious sandwich addition. I perused some other recipes online and decided on a combination of olive … Continue reading

Soba Salad

For my mom’s 60th birthday celebration, we had a big BBQ at my parent’s house and enjoyed grilled meats and veggies.  This refreshing soba salad dish came from my mom’s friend and it was a huge hit!  The ingredient quantities are very flexible… I just started throwing stuff in… Melanie’s Soba Salad (recipe courtesy of … Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Salad

I was introduced to this simple, savory salad at my Knife Skills class at the Institute of Culinary Education located in Flatiron in NYC. I had always wanted to take some technique classes (rather than just learning recipes) and these two courses taught by Brendan McDermott came highly recommended. Knife Skills 1 is all about … Continue reading

Corned Beef Hash

When I was growing up, corned beef hash was a staple for weekend breakfast in our household.  However, my family would always just buy the pre-made corned beef hash from the can and skillet it up to serve with eggs.  When I decided to surprise my parents with a last-minute trip home and to greet … 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

Baked Peppers with Anchovies

I had some leftover anchovy fillets after making the Honey Mustard Glaze for the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb and so I was exploring what other recipes could use them up.  I decided to use half of them for my Chicken Puttanesca and the other half for this simple baked peppers meze dish I found from my … Continue reading

Tequila Lime Shrimp

From one of my favorite cooking blogs, Closet Cooking, this is Kevin’s take on Margarita Shrimp.  I was trying to think of what to make for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and naturally all I could think of was margaritas.  I ended up trying a recipe for Margarita Shrimp, which required marinating the shrimp in … Continue reading