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Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Continuing from yesterday’s “less carb-y” recipe theme, here is another recently discovered favorite: zucchini noodles! Zucchini noodles can be made a number of ways.  In the beginning, I would julienne the zucchini into long strips all by hand.  It took me a year to discover there were actual kitchen gadgets designed to make life easier and I haven’t … Continue reading

Grilled Antipasto Ribbon Salad

When it comes to preparing vegetables to cook, my modius operandi is to toss them with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I typically will roast them in the oven because it requires the least amount of attention (see my Roasted Vegetable Salad), but if I am feeling a bit more ambitious, grilling … Continue reading

Summer Vegetable Gratin

Another Thomas Keller special from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook!  This is a healthy, low fat gratin recipe without the heavy cream and cheese.  Layers of summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions are baked with a sprinkle of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to get a light golden crust. This is a good dish … Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

I adore grilling vegetables.  It makes it feel like summer — and not the sticky humid Singapore kind.  But the breezy, pool or beach side type of summer BBQ that you wish would never end. I picked up some zucchini to cook as a side dish for steak, as I was debating making the Zucchini and Almonds Natalya had made … Continue reading

Summer Squash Skewers

Summer to me always signifies BBQ time… and by summer, I mean a proper summer.  In a place where seasons actually change. Fortunately, I was back in good ole ‘merica just in time for summer grills to fire up.  Within a week, I spearheaded three successful summer BBQs for friends and family across the country … Continue reading

Zucchini and Almonds

One lazy afternoon, I spent hours trolling food blogs and recipe sites and discovered smittenkitchen.com. It is a treasure trove of recipes, ideas, and food porn photography. One recipe that got my attention in particular was this sauté of zucchini and almonds, which is also labeled “best side dish ever”. The idea for the side … Continue reading

Ratatouille

If anyone could make the idea of a rat in kitchen an endearing concept, it would have to be Disney.  As long as you didn’t get stuck on the notion of rodents around gourmet food, Ratatouille was a charmingly delightful film that inspired cuisine-challenged people such as myself to seek out what exactly was the … 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