Piri Piri Chicken Thighs

The inspiration Before I met my husband and before I moved to Malaysia, I was completely unaware of what “Nando’s” chicken was and never heard of the term Piri Piri chicken.  He explained to me that it was a spicy Portuguese chicken joint popular in the UK. Chicken? Spicy? YES, PLEASE!   Keep it moist…

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The Perfect Mojito

    For me, nothing puts me in a more ‘vacation relaxed’ frame of mine than sipping on a Mojito. Doesn’t matter if I’m on vacation or in some local bar after work.  One taste of it and I’m transported back to my single carefree twenties!   What’s beautiful about this cocktail is that beautiful…

My Favorite Fresh Salsa

      Fresh salsa is a must in my household.  Fresh tomatoes chopped with garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and onions with a special seasoning mix is so versatile as a topping to most everything I eat and I simply can’t be without it. When it comes to salsa, homemade is best made.  You just can’t…

Apple Churros

How the apple churros were born I don’t just want any donut.  No, I want an apple fritter with chunks of apple clogging the batter.  I want it to be crispy from frying and glossy from a sugar glaze.  I want it to be the beginning and end-all to all apple fritters. So, how to…

Take the time to brine

  A devoted convert The story goes that my grandmother had a little jet stream diner in NYC back in the day.  In that diner, she supposedly had the best chicken.  The taste of which, you simply couldn’t get at home. When asked what her secret to making her chicken so juicy and tender, she…

Yellow Curry Paste for the lazy

  Let me begin by saying that there are a lot of really good Thai yellow curry paste recipes out there.  These recipes are beautiful, sophisticated and authentic and require patience, time, and careful detail.  There was a time in my life when I would happily have spent the entire day meticulously collecting ingredients, smoking…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

When I was a child, my favorite food was Chicken Cordon Bleu.  In my opinion, there was nothing to dislike.  Someone somewhere in Switzerland had come up with a sinfully perfect combination of fried chicken with salty ham and molten cheese center. As someone who LOVES fried chicken, I can’t think of anything better. As…