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Crisped Roasted Mini Potatoes

I was looking to make some side dishes to accompany Sirloin Steaks and of course I had to cook some potatoes.  I was contemplating making mashed potatoes, such as Thomas Keller’s Purée of Garlic Potatoes, but I was not in a dairy kind of mood.  I decided to try out another Keller potato recipe instead … 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

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

“If there’s a better fried chicken out there, I haven’t tasted it.” — Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc at Home To be honest, I still have a torrid love affair with BonChon’s Soy Garlic Fried Chicken, but Thomas Keller has a point.  His buttermilk fried chicken is the most incredible, traditional American-style fried chicken I have ever tasted.  … Continue reading

Scrambled Egg Whites with Crab Meat 大良炒牛奶

The last time I visited home, my dad and I set about to cook some traditional Chinese dishes together.  The central theme of the dinner was seafood and using up all the leftover egg whites I had from the making Hollandaise sauce earlier for brunch.  We decided to cook a simple Fish Fillet with Broccoli Stir … 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

Beignets from Cafe Du Monde

When I visited New Orleans for the first time, I brought back a delicious souvenir — beignet mix from Cafe Du Monde! The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When my friends and I … Continue reading

Russian Côtelettes

The term côtelettes is of French origin, meaning cutlet or chop.  In Russia, côtelettes has to come to refer to any sort of ground meat mixture formed into patties. For a formal Russian dinner, the serving order of the meal goes cold, hot, then cold.  Typically cold soups like Holodnik and a variety of salads … Continue reading

Fried Home-Style Potatoes (assuming your home is Russia)

Another savory recipe from my Belarussian roommate!  Natalya had taken me and several friends to the famed Tatiana restaurant located in Brighton Beach.  This glitzy Russian palace/night club features a dining experience unlike any other.  From the tome of a menu to the constant flow of vodka to the crazy production that is the weekend … Continue reading