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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

As I was trolling food blogs one lazy afternoon, I came across Food Perestroika, which piqued my interest. The entire blog is dedicated to Eastern Bloc cuisine, aka the Motherland. What was amazing was the scope of the countries and cuisines the blog covers, so I’ll definitely be using it as cooking inspirations for many … Continue reading

Christmas Eve Eve

While Jen absconded to her family’s home in sunny California, I decided to host a little holiday dinner for the friends who were still in New York. Most of the dishes had been featured in this blog before, some were new. I baked a cake for the first time in probably a decade. And a … 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

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Shallots

For our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, I wanted to roast a side dish of Brussels sprouts but make them a little more exciting than usual. I found this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Wild Mushrooms and used it as inspiration. I didn’t have the time (or extra mushrooms) for the whole recipe, so … Continue reading

apt4 food & wine, NYC

apt4 food & wine I had heard about apt4 initially from Tribeca Citizen, when the guys behind apt4 hosted an hors d’oeuvres and drinks event at a Tribeca loft. I was instantly intrigued by the concept — people go to an apartment, meet strangers who love food, and get served a full dinner with wine … 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

Our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and ate delicious food to your stomach’s content! For Natalya and me, it’s a bit too far to fly home to California for Thanksgiving (plus we work on Friday) so for the past few years, we have just stayed in New York.  We decided to host a Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms

It is unfortunate Brussels sprouts have such a stigma in popular culture; I grew up thinking “Brussels sprouts” were synonymous with “ew stinky” as that is what everyone would say while wrinkling their noses.  And by “everyone” I really mean characters from television shows.  Due to this misguided train of thought, I had never tasted … Continue reading