Orecchiette with leeks, peas and pecorino

Orecchiette with leeks, peas and pecorino

Without a kitchen for Easter this year, I wanted to find a simple dish that I could whip up as everyone was snacking on appetizers. I found this on Real Simple and it was delicious and very easy to make! 1 pound dry orecchiette or other short pasta 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 leeks (white and light green parts only), … Continue reading

Agadashi tofu for Christmas eve dinner

Agadashi tofu for Christmas eve dinner

Each year, my family gathers for Christmas Eve and of course, where there is a gathering, there is a lot of food! Instead of having traditional foods like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc., every year, we pick a theme for a potluck. Guests arrive with their best shot at authentic dishes. This year, … Continue reading

Flourless chocolate cake

Flourless chocolate cake

Minus the flour … plus the chocolate! For the long weekend, our friends had a gathering to help celebrate Jason’s birthday. Since our friends are very much into wine, I was on a mission to select a dessert that would pair well with deep reds and ports. I also had the added consideration of making … Continue reading

Angry Birds cupcakes

Angry Birds cupcakes

My nephew turned five the other week. To celebrate this milestone birthday, I asked him what treat he wanted. He quickly pulled out his iPad and proceeded to toggle to YouTube where he showed me this tutorial video for Angry Birds cupcakes by Nerdy Nummies. I changed a few things from the video (e.g. did … Continue reading

Bananas for banana bread

Bananas for banana bread

For Father’s Day this year, I wanted to bake something that was simple, easy to eat for my father and Jason’s grandfather. So I opted for my go-to banana bread. It was a recipe that my friend Cathy sent me back in 2006. It was Tyler Florence’s banana bread with pecans. She made it for … Continue reading

The battle of the strawberry ice creams

The battle of the strawberry ice creams

I received a cryptic set of texts last weekend from a friend. Message 1: “Picking up wine” Message 2: “And strawberries if the stand is open” Message 3: “Wanna make strawberry ice cream?” Any message that starts or ends with “ice cream” is good for me. So began my decision – what ice cream recipe … Continue reading

Basic bread pudding

Basic bread pudding

We had one of Jason’s old friends (not that he was up there in age, but that they have known each other for many years) over for dinner tonight. While I was prepping the ingredients for dinner, I thought I would skip making croutons and put our day old bread to good use in something … Continue reading

I ate my way through San Francisco

I ate my way through San Francisco

The rain finally let up for a couple of days, so we decided to take a spin through the city and visit our all-time favorite spots. Although this is only a small list of what San Francisco has to offer, it should give a visitor a good taste of the culinary greats. Hands down my … Continue reading

Coconut water taste off

Coconut water taste off

I’m a big fan of blind tastings – from wine to root beer and gummy bears – I believe they are a good way of finding out what you really like. This week, I held a coconut water blind tasting at work. Although not exhaustive of all the choices on the market, we sampled a … Continue reading