Roasted Balsamic Red Pepper, Bacon and Brie Sandwich

    Pasta, roast chicken or sandwich      Every time I ask for ideas of what to have for dinner, my husband replies with 3 options: pasta, roast chicken or sandwiches.  Now, I like sandwiches as much as the next person but when I ask for ideas, I want inspiration.  BUT there is only…

Lamb and Butter Bean Stew

  The stew This lamb and butter bean stew is inspired by Yemini cuisine. Lamb, vegetables and butter beans are cooked in a lightly spicy tomato broth. Humble ingredients like butter beans, potatoes, tomatoes, carrot and celery are stewed in the most vibrant combination of spices and juicy lamb.  The end result puts all of my other…

Beef Stroganoff

               Beef Stroganoff is one of those dishes that remind me of my childhood. The tender beef, the succulent mushrooms all in a creamy sauce over a pile of egg noodles.           The only problem with trying to recreate it now is that my mother…

Pasta Primavera

  Springtime is here! In Italian, Primavera means springtime.  Springtime with its awakening gardens and brighter days.  So it makes sense that a pasta primavera be filled with all the garden has to offer.  A colorful rainbow of fresh vegetables and mushrooms. Now if I am going to toss all those lovely fresh vegetables together with…

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

        Things I remember about my Ukranian grandmother:  Her Brooklyn accent whenever I talked to her on the phone. She was a big believer of soaking her poultry in brine before cooking. AND 3. Her stuffed cabbage rolls recipe. What was her secret for delicious stuffed cabbage rolls? Sad to say, I…

Karaage Chicken

          I first learned how to make karaage (kara a gee) chicken in a Japanese cooking class whilst living in Beijing.  That was where I learned that coating things in cornstarch and frying until crispy was inspired by Chinese cooking to which I say, thank you China. For me, karaage chicken is…

Foolproof Cheesy Carbonara

    When I’m feeling particularly hedonistic, I find myself time and time again throwing together pasta carbonara for a decadent meal.  One day I found myself in the midst of putting it all together when I discovered that there just wasn’t enough Parmesan cheese to make it to my liking.  Still, the bacon was…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…

Croque Monsieur

       The French do many things well when it comes to food, but they are not particularly creative when it comes to sandwich making as can be seen in the croque monsieur.  You likely won’t find new and innovative ingredients between 2 pieces of bread but you will find quality.  The bread is…