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Whipped Feta Cheese and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Whipped Feta Cheese and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Cheese is delicious food. Usually, if you’ve got a good quality piece of cheese, it needs nothing else, definietly no embelishments. Sometimes, a nice loaf of crusty baguette and maybe some grapes are really good with cheese too. This time, I decided to go for […]

Plum Palate Cleanser

Plum Palate Cleanser

I have fond memories of Santa Rosa Plums. In fact, these memories run so deep that I am forever ruined when it comes to other plum varieties, they are just not good enough. When we were growing up, our neighbors in the back had a […]

Shrimp and Chive Gyoza

Shrimp and Chive Gyoza

Anytime we go out to eat at a Japanese restaurant, I always order gyoza which are dumplings filled with a combination of meat and vegetables and then steamed and fried. Alternatively, they are also made with edamame or a vegetarian filling. In my family, we […]

Hawaiian Style Poke

Hawaiian Style Poke

Poke has always been around at family gatherings and everyday meals. It is so common in Hawaii that you can buy it by the pound at the market in the deli section. There are a multitude of varieties of poke that include octopus and shellfish. […]

Chorizo and Manchego Cheese Braid

Chorizo and Manchego Cheese Braid

Today’s post is written by K and baked by both of us. Enjoy! How do you prepare for Sunday, 2PM? For a while now, Sunday afternoon has had its own tradition for us. It is a tradition that we adopted while traveling. Sometime around 2 […]

Chocolate Swirl Babka

Chocolate Swirl Babka

Bread has always been an intimidating baking experience for me and one that I happily avoided. If I’m being honest here, anything that involved yeast and rising time terrified me. One bad experience and I was scarred for life- almost. Lately, I’ve been more curious […]

Ceviche: Yellowtail and Nopales

Ceviche: Yellowtail and Nopales

We made a quick trip over the border the other day to check out an art exhibit and then went for some ceviche. Fresh, cold seafood was the perfect lunch to have on a hot day in Tijuana. Aside from making it at home, ceviche was […]

Roasted Chayote Salad with Green Chile Dressing

Roasted Chayote Salad with Green Chile Dressing

Chayote is one of those vegetables that was mostly relegated to soups in our house. I enjoyed their mild flavor and they were a nice addition to a vegetable soup, but that’s as far as it went. Then, one day we were watching PBS and […]

Quinoa and Baby Kale Salad with Roasted Garlic Lime Dressing

Quinoa and Baby Kale Salad with Roasted Garlic Lime Dressing

Since it’s been so warm lately, I wanted salad and a tangy vinaigrette. But, there are rules. This salad would have to be portable enough to take to lunch, not too fussy to assemble, and not get soggy. Kale is a good option since it’s hearty […]

Smashed Potatoes with Spicy Rocoto Cream Sauce

Smashed Potatoes with Spicy Rocoto Cream Sauce

If you were to open my refrigerator and poke around on any day, there are a few staples that can always be found. Today, two weeks from now, next month, etc… potatoes have a permanent place in the bottom drawer. I especially love the miniature variety which […]

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