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Recipes that include lemon juice

Cheesecake Brownies

Saturday, March 16, 2013

As a blogger, I’m often asked to explain, “Why do I blog?” Frequently people assume the goal is to get a cookbook deal.  That’s not why I blog and I’m not working towards a cookbook deal nor have I pitched one to a publisher. However, I have said that should one ever fall in my lap, I would certainly take it. I have said that to so many people over the years and I can still hear my voice saying that. It’s always been more of a joke and I was sure that would never happen.

Here I am in total shock. Last week, I was offered a cookbook deal! By a really lovely editor!! And… I didn’t take it!!!

Cheesecake Brownies with Text

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Making Olive Chicken Thighs with Chef Tim Love

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I could get used to this…

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Kale Caesar Salad with Whole Wheat Croutons

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My friend Angie introduced me to Emporio 231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013. Very good Italian food and the price is great if you book through Savored (invite link). When a couple of us gathered there for a girls’ night out, we were seated when Angie said, “you have to try the Kale Salad!” Of course, we all loved it–Angie is a taste bud.  On the menu, they call it Cavolo Nero which just means black leaf kale, the type they use. What they don’t say or write is that it was essentially a Caesar Salad made with kale instead of romaine lettuce. I immediately thought to myself: I’ll make this for the girls next time they come over. I did and they all approved of this recipe 100%. What I consider 8 to 10 servings was gobbled up by six people.

As if great-taste is not valuable enough as a salad characteristic, this salad also offers a unique trait in that it can (and should) be dressed ahead of time! Usually you can’t dress a salad and let it sit, all the greens will wilt and it will look oh-so sad. Not this one, the kale will maintain its curly leaves and fluffy look. (Now, if only my hair could.)

Kale Caesar Salad

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Connecticut Cheesecake

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

People are always amazed at how much Jessica and I have in common.  From being born in the same hospital to sharing the same ice skating instructors (years apart), some coincidences are uncanny; another is our mothers’ birthdays. Caya’s Wai Po and Grandma are the same age, born a day apart. We have celebrated together and separately, this year we did separate. On Saturday we celebrated my mom’s birthday and Jessica wanted to showcase the sugar flower work she’s practicing with Sophia.  What better canvas than a very white cheesecake?

Decorated Cheesecake with Sugar Flowers 1

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Valentine’s Day Shrimp Cocktail

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Before you call me cheesy, isn’t Valentine’s Day all about being cheesy? Excessive hearts, everything in red and pink, cute and cuddly bears, and more sweets than we can handle. Somehow shrimp just popped into my head in a heart-shaped image. Of course, I am in love and so these thoughts come easily. Each shrimp is the perfect half of a heart so you can share each one.

For those that never cook and Valentine’s Day is your only foray into the kitchen, you can buy cooked and peeled shrimp (look for tails on) and the cocktail sauce, and just arrange it on the plate. For those that want to do more cooking, you can buy raw shrimp, cook it yourself, and make fresh cocktail sauce. I like mine extra spicy and tangy.

shrimp hearts 2

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Very Strawberry Ice Pops

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

Before the string of cold days, we had some wonderful hot days, and that’s when I started thinking about one of my favorite summer treats. I am such a huge fan of ice cream and gelato, but occasionally, I want something lighter. Starting in high school, I would often grab FrozFruits at the delis nearby. Chunky Strawberry was/is my favorite.

Recently, I was ready to grab a Chunky Strawberry and I thought to check the ingredients. Yup, it’s made with high fructose corn syrup! That was it, I would have to make my own. I wanted to maintain what I do love about it though, the very strawberry flavor (deceptively natural), the chunks of strawberries in it, and the cool satisfying feeling it left me with every time. I made special care to keep all parts of the bargain and the result was better than I could have hoped for.

Very Strawberry

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Breadbox Cafe and Two Minute Salmon Salad

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

***Update 11/07/11***Breadbox is now terrible, cutting corners and giving stale and old food. Don’t go!

I’m so happy we’ve hit perfect walk-around weather, ideal for my first few days of neighborhood exploring. I’m disappointed by the dark and dreary C-town by me, but on another ugly block, I found Breadbox Cafe 47-11 11th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. It was right next to a Getty gas station, an unexpected cafe, clean and new with the Grand Opening sign up. I felt a connection like I wanted to go in and high-five them, and say, “Hey, I’m new here too.” ( I didn’t of course.)

Two Minute Salmon Salad on a Bagel 2

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Blueberry Topped Fiori di Sicilia Cake

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It was time to make a birthday cake for my little brother, Justin, 6 foot 1 inch tall and about twice my weight, but still my little brother. He doesn’t really get excited about cake so I struggled a little over this one. Lon reminded me that Justin isn’t into frosting. It seems he often wipes some off. Janny reminded me that Justin likes blueberries. So, despite using blueberries on a cake just recently, I was going to do it again, but in a birthday cake with no frosting. I know some would not call it a birthday cake if it does not don the billowy puffs and swirls of sugar, so if that’s you, just call this a perfect tea time cake.

Blueberry Topped Slice 4

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Gourmet Magazine R.I.P. & Olive Caper Relish

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Olive Caper Relish on baguette 5

Conde Naste is closing Gourmet Magazine!

I just felt compelled to make a recipe, with the magazine flipped open on the counter, letting anything splash on it that may, the way I started cooking. I ended up at the last few pages of the March 2003 edition, looking at this simple Olive Caper Relish. It’s so simple, easy, and quick to make, yet I don’t think I would have thought of it on my own. I will miss these inspirations but I’m glad I have the whole stack of old magazines to cherish.

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Liboke ya Mbisi

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Flounder with tomato and onion

Zoe is that friend that I can live vicariously through. She’s always full of adventurous stories from all the countries she’s been to and all the villages she has lived in. I always look forward to her e-mails about the different lifestyles she witnesses and the people she befriends along the way. Of course, I’m always more interested in the food related parts, so when Zoe got back to the states this time, we got together for some Congolese cooking. Please welcome Zoe:

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