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Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter

  Another summer BBQ necessity is grilled corn on the cob.  The fresh sweet corn from California is next to none, and so when I was back home preparing for my mom’s birthday dinner, she was very eager to point out her recently acquired stock of summer corn ears (she had gone Costco-warehouse-style, the entire … Continue reading

Baba Ghanoush

We first made baba ghanoush a few weeks ago for a Mediterranean-themed dinner my friend was hosting, and we were amazed how simple it was to make.  The next time I went grocery shopping, I stocked up on eggplants as I knew we’d be making this deliciously creamy dip again. We originally followed this recipe … Continue reading

Roasted Chickpeas

I am obsessed with roasting. It is so much more flavorful than boiling, so much healthier than frying, and so much easier than sautéing. The only cooking method better than roasting is grilling; however, I don’t have a barbeque grill and our mini Foreman can’t really compare. I already love roasting asparagus, butternut squash fries, … Continue reading

Spiced Wonton Chips

After baking my own Chili Lime Tortilla Chips (um from already made tortillas), I decided to try out another do-it-yourself-chip-flavor at home.  I had plenty of wonton wrappers leftover from my Wonton Baskets and decided to use some of the wontons to make chips.  These little morsels were sweet and spicy and quite addicting! Spiced … Continue reading

Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

Natalya and I have a massive chip and guacamole  addiction, and this summer we have probably consumed an average of 1 avocado a day.   We recently started fancying up our guacamole with mangos and pomengranate and so when I came across a recipe to fancy up tortilla chips with chili powder and cayenne pepper, … Continue reading

Marinated Feta with Olives

With my brand-spanking-new (aka no food spillage on pages yet) Ad Hoc at Home cookbook in hand, I decided to find one of the easier recipes to start with… you have to ease into these kinds of things to build confidence!  I found the winner in Marinated Feta with Olives which can be served in … Continue reading

Mango Pomegranate Guacamole

Natalya and I are obsessed with guacamole.  Pretty much anytime we are craving a snack, we will make guacamole.  Whenever we have people over, we make guacamole.  When we go to a friend’s house and we ask if we should bring anything, a typical response is: guacamole.  For a long time we have always made … 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

Gougères (French Cheese Puffs)

Ever since tasting my first gougères , I have been addicted to these delightful, savory cheese puffs.  A gougère is a classic French choux pastry made with cheese that originated from the Burgundy region.  Traditionally, gougères are made with Gruyère cheese, but any other hard, sharp cheese can be used (Comté, Emmental, Parmigiano-Reggiano).  These savory … Continue reading

Baked Eggplant and Zucchini Sticks

I was feeling too lazy to go to the grocery store and my fridge was empty except for one eggplant and two zucchinis.  So I headed to my favorite allrecipes.com site to see what I could whip up with this bare minimum of ingredients.  The easiest recipe I found was Eggplant Snack Sticks, which not … Continue reading