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Stuffed Chicken with Tomatoes

 I randomly bought a pack of chicken breasts the last time I was grocery shopping and felt like trying out a new recipe to make them. I consulted my trusty What to Cook and How to Cook It book and found this recipe which I have been meaning to try for a while. It calls … Continue reading

Grilled Tomatoes with Mozzarella

This is how my mom grills tomatoes and it’s my favorite grilled vegetable dish out there!  Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is very closely tied though… something about grilled veggies and smothering them in cheese is just irresistable. My mom typically serves this with barbequed spare ribs, corn, and rice.  Any barbequed meat will go well … 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

Sunday Brunch

Brunching is one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan, as the city is packed with a plethora of brunch spots that can suit any desire for a traditional (Bubby’s) or nouveau American brunch (Five Points), an Asian Fusion brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary Bar (Double Crown), a Chinese dim sum brunch (Ping’s … Continue reading

Spicy Bean Salsa

As Jen and I brainstormed the menu for our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, we wanted (for the lack of a better word) to spice up a normal salsa recipe. So we found this and it turned out to be very easy to make, refreshing, delicious, with just the right amount of kick. We had also … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is a super easy pasta salad that I love to make at any time of the year.  The pasta is full of rich Mediterranean flavors, and includes as medley of tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mozarella, and bacon.  I have used feta cheese before although I think the milder mozzarella is a much better complement to the rest of the … Continue reading

Provençal Roast Tomatoes

This is another recipe from The Essential Mediterranean Cookbook. Jen was making her Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Honey Mustard Glaze and we wanted to have a lighter, but still delicious side dish to serve it with and roasted tomatoes provençal were one of the suggestions. This dish is super easy to make and I … 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

San Francisco-Style Cioppino

Don’t know what cioppino is?  Neither did I, even though apparently this fish stew originated from where I grew up!  But then again, whenever I dined out in San Francisco, my family only took me to Chinatown so I think I can be excused from this lack of knowledge… oh well now is the time … Continue reading

Salad Shirazi

As I was preparing my Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with a Honey Mustard Glaze, I was trying to think of a lighter side dish to serve with it.  I recalled the first time I had made Baby Lamb Chops with a Cucumber-Mint Relish, I served it with a tomato, cucumber, red onion and mint … Continue reading