Archive for August, 2008

Yellowfin Un-Salad Nicoise

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I happened to have tuna, string beans, and potatoes and I thought, perfect for a Nicoise. But, I wasn’t excited. Nicoise is pretty boring. So here’s my anti-Nicoise, still healthy, but a little Asian influence thrown in for fun. It’s actually three different dishes assembled together to make a yummy dinner. Each is very […]

Strawberry Poppy Muffins

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This is what happens when you think about food so much, your wires get crossed. I just picked up some strawberries from my local fruit guys and started thinking about a strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing. In the back of my mind, I had been thinking about mini-muffin tin, that hasn’t been used in […]

Inside the Despana Basket: Assorted Cata Gourmet Honeys

Monday, August 25, 2008

These cute little jars of Cata Gourmet honeys came in our Despana Basket. One was Heather Honey, which I didn’t open yet, but we tried the Chestnut Honey with Walnuts and the Chestnut Honey with Hazelnuts.

I was so excited about having these with the Goat Brie I got last week, but it ended up being […]

Soba with Spicy Tofu and Edamame

Monday, August 25, 2008

This recipe has been swimming around in my head for a while, editing back and forth, with nothing written down. I finally let it materialize and I’m very happy with it. Even Mr. Soba-hater, Lon, gave me the thumbs up. It’s really refreshing and perfect for summer so make sure to try it before fall […]

Coney Island on a Saturday Morning

Sunday, August 24, 2008

What were you doing yesterday (Saturday) at 6:15am? I hope sleeping… because the alternative is, well, um, not sleeping. And that’s what we were doing. In fact, we were driving down to Coney Island, so Jessica could jump in the water with other Team in Training Triathalon Trainees (plus coaches, lifeguards, and others). […]

Dinner: Mustard Thick-Cut Chops, Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans, Colorful Bruschetta, and Roasted Fingerlings with Manchego Walnut Pesto

Saturday, August 23, 2008

This dinner was all about simplicity. Every preparation was easy and the highlight is the ingredients. When you’re using really good meat, ultra fresh vegetables, and super vinegars, oils, etc. you don’t need to get fancy. Let the ingredients do all the work.
Ready for the easiest recipe ever?

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Friday, August 22, 2008

It’s Friday so I decided to make myself a treat. OK, fine, I make dessert close to daily but who’s counting? (Actually, our scale is and he’s telling me to stop it asap.) Not feeling creative today, so I just pulled out my trusty Perfect Cakes book, by Nick Malgieri and made his Blueberry Crumb […]

Inside the Despana Basket: Valor Dark Chocolate with Toffee

Friday, August 22, 2008

We got this bar of Valor Dark Chocolate (70%) with Toffee in our Despana Basket, but if you see it anywhere, buy it!
70% dark chocolate is my favorite way to eat chocolate but I’m not a huge fan of toffee so I wasn’t expecting to love it so much. The balance is perfect though, only […]

Sushi Yasuda #18

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks since the last visit to Sushi Yasuda. How ever did I live through that? I don’t know, but we did made sure to make reservations for next week on our way out. I wonder if Chef Tomura has gotten more popular because of our blog because it has […]

Chorizo Manchego Olive Corn Muffins

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Not only was our Despana Basket an amazing assortment, there was a generous portion of each item, enough for us to really experiment with. I was sitting here trying to figure out what else I could make with all these great ingredients and I decided on savory muffins: Chorizo Manchego Olive Corn Muffins.