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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

Ensalada Chilena

On our most recent holiday in South America, Natalya and I were completely wowed by the cuisine of Chile.  Chilean cuisine and cooking techniques are quite simplistic but what defines Chilean cuisine to me is the ultimate freshness of the produce.  I felt that every fruit and vegetable I tasted in Chile was by far the best I had … Continue reading

Chicken Puttanesca

I had some leftover anchovy fillets from making a Honey Mustard Glaze for the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb and I was trying to figure out what to do with these little fishies.  Last time I had cooked with anchovies, it was for Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, a spicy and salty Southern Italian dish that consists of … Continue reading

Mama Goose’s Golubtsy

After tasting the stuffed cabbage rolls at Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House, Jen and I had been craving this dish at home. This dish is common in many ethnic cuisines of Europe and Asia, and consists of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings.  In Europe, the dish traditionally uses meat as a filling … Continue reading

Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs

As is the case on most workday afternoons, I was perusing the internet to scour for dinner ideas last week. I wanted chicken or fish, on the healthy side, and i would prefer to use some seasonal ingredients. Pomegranate is my seasonal obsession this year. I’ve been adding it to salads, eating it as a … Continue reading

Garlic Soy Chicken Wings

In honor of the BCS Championship (I was rooting for Oregon, if anyone cares), I decided to make some chicken wings to accompany beer and legitimize the game watching. I researched various recipes, trying to minimize the unhealthiness of the dish. I came across this one, which was essentially just baking with spices, and decided … Continue reading

Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Tomatoes and Parmesan

I first came across zucchini blossoms at Alta, a cute Tapas place in West Village. I honestly didn’t know what we would get when we ordered zucchini blossoms, but were pleasantly surprised with a beautiful vegetable dish. Although the dish was fried, the delicate nature of the blossom made it lighter and added a bit … Continue reading

Fish Cooked in Paper

This recipe is also inspired by The Essential Mediterranean Cookbook. I was craving fish because I wanted something light after a Sunday night meat marathon at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The recipe seemed simple and healthy, so I decided to try it. I tried two different fish — the Wild Pacific Dover and Turbot. The former was … Continue reading