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Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

One of the first things I thought about when I heard of Anthony Bourdain’s recent death was his episode of “Part’s Unknown” where he visited Congo.  My daughter was adopted from the Congo 7 years ago as a toddler. Although Congo has many redeeming qualities […]

Sweet Soy Bacon and Egg Banh Mi – Myers + Chang at Home

Sweet Soy Bacon and Egg Banh Mi – Myers + Chang at Home

When I initially thumbed through the cookbook Myers + Chang at Home, I was immediately attracted to the Banh Mi sandwich recipe with shimmering bacon and gorgeous, sunny side up eggs. My husband, who is half Vietnamese, is obsessed with Banh Mi sandwiches and I […]

Pork and Shrimp Wontons with Spicy Chili Oil – The Slanted Door

Pork and Shrimp Wontons with Spicy Chili Oil – The Slanted Door

Am I the only one that thinks wontons are sexy?  Not the steamed, dry, plump (and delicious) potstickers, but the sloppily made, boiled ones, dripping in sauce.  Like this for instance: I could write an entire post on foods that are sexy, all the while […]

Lemon-Mint Quinoa – from Thug Kitchen

Lemon-Mint Quinoa – from Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen- The Official Cookbook was my introduction to many new culinary concepts and ingredients.  I received this cookbook several years ago as a Christmas gift, just after we had begun to adjust to the fact that we found out our son was lactose intolerant and […]

Curry rubbed steak with peppers, herbs and Khao Koor –Tiger Tears from Myers + Chang At Home

Curry rubbed steak with peppers, herbs and Khao Koor –Tiger Tears from Myers + Chang At Home

A couple weeks ago it was a rainy weekend day so we decided as a family to go to the public library.  Most of my family ran to the nearest computer to see if the newest in the series they were reading was there, but […]

Tagliatelle with walnuts and lemon – Plenty More

Tagliatelle with walnuts and lemon – Plenty More

Just last week I posted a recipe for an easy weeknight meal for sauteed tortellini.  The idea was finding a dish that was elegant enough to serve for friends but easy enough to serve on a weeknight.  This Tagliatelle recipe could also be an easy […]

Easy Weeknight Meal – Sauteed Tortellini with Prosciutto and Greens – Celebrate the Rain

Easy Weeknight Meal – Sauteed Tortellini with Prosciutto and Greens – Celebrate the Rain

To be really honest with you, there are very few times I “Celebrate the Rain.”  I am a warm weather fan and sometimes, the spring seems to go overboard with hanging on to winter.  This is evidenced by the snow we had just yesterday in […]

Pear Galette – The Forest Feast for Kids

Pear Galette – The Forest Feast for Kids

My kids are so awesome.  Like, truly awesome.  They are both so smart and funny and all the things you say about your own kids.  But I have to be honest here.  I’m not the most patient person in the world. I absolutely hate to […]

Macau-Style Pork Chop Sandwich – Appetites by Anthony Bourdain

Macau-Style Pork Chop Sandwich – Appetites by Anthony Bourdain

So unless you live under a rock, you know who Anthony Bourdain is.  He’s quirky and adventurous, not at all politically correct but honest as hell and very smart.  Being a traveler myself, I love his CNN Parts Unknown show, where he travels to places around […]

Route 66 Burgers – The Maverick Cookbook

Route 66 Burgers – The Maverick Cookbook

  Throughout my life, I’ve been so fortunate to eat my way through the far reaches of this world and their many unique flavors.  I’ve eaten pili pili in Congo, pizza in Naples and tostones in Nicaragua.  Although I could probably happily live off of […]