Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

October 23, 2009

These were totally a spur of the moment dish that I made this afternoon – ever since purchasing rice paper spring roll wrappers for last month’s Daring Cook’s Challenge (my Fried Apple Cheesecake Pillows), I’ve been trying to come up with what to do with the rest of these wrappers.  Then, it hit me – […]


Fra Diavolo Mac & Cheese with Snow Crab

October 18, 2009

This week was my husband’s and my first wedding anniversary!  I can’t believe that a year has passed by already, it has been SO fast!  So many great and crazy things have happened in our lives in the past year, it has certainly been quite the trip, and I can’t wait to see what awesome […]



September 20, 2009

This post is my submission to September’s “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free!” event, hosted this month by Gluten Free Gidget.  The theme this month was Disney.  The first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite movies as a little kid, “The Little Mermaid”.   I immediately thought of the scene where […]


Daring Cooks #4 – Paella

August 14, 2009

Paella started its renowned reputation in the Valencia region of Spain as an immensely flavorful rice dish cooked in a large shallow round pan.  Spanish cuisine is one I have very little experience with (well, besides enjoying eating it!), and I was thrilled when this month’s host, Olga, chose paella for the Daring Cooks Challenge […]


Nonna Luna’s Rice and Shrimp

July 25, 2009

Giada De Laurentiis is one of my favorite celebrity chefs, because she emphasizes flavor over everything else.  That and I have yet to find Italian food I don’t like.  While I was watching her show the other day, her aunt appeared as a guest  and they made her grandmother’s famous rice dish.  Rice is “toasted” in […]


Pad Thai

May 9, 2009

I LOVE Thai food.  I love the mix of lime, cilantro, and spicy and sweet all together in one dish, and this dish is the epitome of all that I love about Thai food (well, except maybe some coconut curries because I love those too).  I have tried to just “create” pad thai before, but […]