Chimichurri with Steak

If you’ve never tried chimichurri before, you must stop and make it now!  Sorry to be bossy, but it packs mucho flavor and livens up whatever it’s drizzled over.  Try it on roasted vegetables, grilled meat or fish, scrambled eggs, even over noodles for a cold pasta salad.  But if I had to chose, it’s at its best when paired with a nice steak.…

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

With the majority of my posts I attempt to tie the recipe in with a holiday, significant event, the seasons, a poignant moment, etc..  I try to tell a nice little story while weaving in the recipe. No real story here.  Just scrumptious cupcakes.  And maybe that is the story.   I’ve been making these plain vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting for years and they are…

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Liebster Award

Yes, I’m now officially part of the blogging community.  I’m slowly learning about the subculture of bloggers which involves lots of commenting on and linking to others’ articles as well as nominating each other for awards.  Slightly cheesy, yet quite sweet and part of building community and learning about what other people are up to.  So I graciously accept my first blogging award,…

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Shaved Asparagus and Mint Salad

Spring is in the air and fresh asparagus is once again in the markets.  Yes, it’s available year-round, but nothing beats freshly picked.  Buy it from your local farmer’s market, if possible, as asparagus contains sugars that turn to starch once it leaves the ground.  The sooner you eat it (and how could you allow a beautiful bunch of asparagus to sit around?),…

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Tuna, White Bean and Fresh Herb Salad

Some recipes I hesitate posting because they are embarrassingly easy.  Hard to even call it a recipe; rather just a quick assembling of a few ingredients. This recipe falls into that category. The inspiration came from an article sent to me by my Mom.  No, not shared via Facebook (she’s not on Facebook).  No, not linked via email.  Old school,…

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Pineapple Pecan Muffins

Three years ago I was living back in the States (Boston) and working a 3-month internship at America’s Test Kitchen, home of Cook’s Illustrated magazines and cookbooks.  As part of “graduation” from the internship program, we did a “muffin project” (I promise there will be no more ” ” in this article….) which involved developing a unique muffin recipe and…

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Roasted Vegetable Thai Curry

Can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post!  No, I’m not switching to once-monthly (rather I promise to get back to twice-weekly), just been a busy month of traveling.  But I’m back in the kitchen and one of the first home-cooked dinners I’ve made is this healthy, bright, flavorful curry.    Despite all the best intentions of eating healthy…

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Sautéed Cabbage with Onions, Ginger and Coconut Milk

My refrigerator’s veg bin seems to have an ever-present head of cabbage tucked in its back corner.  Cabbage isn’t something that I’ve typically been inspired by.  It’s not exactly the sexiest of veg.  No one raves about that “amazing cabbage dish” they just had.  People don’t scour farmer’s markets looking for that just-picked head of cabbage. Coleslaw is always an option, but…

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