Month: September 2007

Dreary Days = Soup

Dreary Days = Soup

I’ve been up in North Florida at St George Island with the family for the past few days, just relaxing and fishing. I just came home to rainy and dreary weather here in South Florida. Since it actually dipped below 80 degrees, I was in […]

Salad… Its What’s for Dinner

Salad… Its What’s for Dinner

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a steak and potatoes kind of gal. As I’m maturing, and that darn metabolism slows, I try to eat less of that and more salads. Here is one of my favorite ways to incorporate red meat into a […]

Hakuna Frittata!

Hakuna Frittata!

Just like Lion King, when making a frittata, there are no worries! :)

I began my love of frittatas while working as a Pastry Chef at the Aquarium Restaurant in Kemah Texas. I often worked early mornings, prepping for the dinner service that night. The kitchen prep ladies would make breakfast for the staff, and one of the most popular items was a frittata. They would go from station to station, grabbing a handful of bacon from Garde Manger, perhaps some par-cooked Haricots Verts from the saute station, julienne of carrot… whatever tickled their fancy. I’ve even had it with lobster on a few occasions when the executive chef was away from the kitchen… but we were sworn to secrecy!frotada.jpg

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Paste Di Meliga

Paste Di Meliga

Also known as Italian Cornmeal Butter Cookies from Piemonte. I was looking for something different to bake this past weekend. I came across this recipe in Cookies Unlimited by Nick Malgieri. This book, by the way, is fabulous, and I suggest everyone buy it. It […]

Feeling Blue?

Feeling Blue?

Stephan was watching a food show recently and saw a blue cheese stuffed hamburger, and asked me to try it. Since I had not seen the show, I had to wing it a bit, but it really turned out great… except I always forget how […]

Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom

Another Africa hot day in lovely South Florida and I was craving a cold dinner. I’m sure Confucious said somewhere “When day hot, eat cold couscous.” Or something like that.

I found this recipe on a message board I frequent, but didn’t actually write it down, so its probably completely different than the original recipe. Whatever… its good, with a surprising mix of flavors and textures. I use only pearl couscous, as I prefer it to the regular tiny grained couscous, which always seems mushy to me. My grocery store usually has a dusty box or two of it on the top shelf near the rice and pastas. If you can’t find it in a regular grocery store, Whole Foods always carries it. We ate the couscous as a main dish, with delicious sunflower seed bread from The German Breadhaus, which has… hands down… the best German bread in South Florida.
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Dios Moi Fajitas!

Dios Moi Fajitas!

Ahhhh…. fajitas… O’ how I love thee? Although many people down here in South Florida think I’m latino, I’m not… I’m a gringo… actually, I’m a Gringo/Japanese mixture… Perhaps I’m Gringonese? Either way, I love all things latin when it comes to food. I’m definitely […]

I Scream for Ice Cream

I Scream for Ice Cream

Ahhhh… This was quite the sweet weekend for us. I realized I was making far too much “food” and not enough sweet treats. So I started our sweet binge with Rum Raisin Ice Cream. I’m not sure if this is a kid friendly ice cream… […]

Check out my Fannie

Check out my Fannie

My Fannie Farmer cookbook, that is! :p

My older bro, Ken bought this cookbook for me as a birthday gift during my first year of culinary school. Although it was sweet, I scoffed a bit… Fannie Farmer??? I’m like a professional, dude! I suppose this wasn’t as bad as my mom buying the Florence Henderson’s Shortcut Cooking… Yeah, that’s Mrs Brady from the Brady Bunch, if you don’t know who Florence Henderson is… What was my mom thinking… buying that awful cookbook for a culinary student??? I still tease her for that… :p
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