February 20, 2010

The olives one can get here are ridiculously gorgeous.  Anyone who goes to the market on Saturday can see the olive sellers, who must have over two dozen types of olives.  I walk by and drool, and wish that I could just sample one of each.  Coming from an area where I only knew of […]


White Bean and Tuna Dip

February 17, 2010

Hummus isn’t the only bean dip out there.  And while I love hummus, tahini is expensive and can be hard to find.  I made this white bean and tuna dip to go with our “mezze” for this month’s Daring Kitchen challenge.  I originally decided to create a white bean dip because I couldn’t find tahini […]


Shrimp Salad with Ceviche Spirit

February 9, 2010

So Groundhog’s Day came and went this year, and the verdict was that we still had a good 6 weeks of Winter left.  I’m not sure if Punxsutawney Phil is accurate across continents, given that he doesn’t seem to have a great track record in PA either.  However, with impeccable timing, as soon as I […]


DC #8 – "En Croute" Two Ways

December 13, 2009

The 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetable en Croute) from Good Food Online. Now this month was a serious challenge!!  I had to do it twice to get something even remotely similar to the original intent, and even then […]


Daring Cook’s Challenge #7 – Sushi

November 14, 2009

Mmm one of my favorite foods!  The November 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was brought to you by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of The Bite Me Kitchen. They chose sushi as the challenge.  I was so excited when sushi was picked for this month’s Daring Cook’s challenge, even though I waited until last week to […]


Pumpkin Shrimp Bisque

November 7, 2009

I’ve decided that pumpkin is the most versatile food on Earth.  You can use it equally in savory or sweet dishes, and it works with a wide variety of flavor profiles, from sweet maple/vanilla to sage/nutmeg to curries or gingery flavors.  I think those are the most popular combinations, but I also love trying out […]