I seem to always have tomatoes in my kitchen. Whether I’m cooking Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican or just simply making a salad, tomatoes are a vegetable I can always use. But the (more…)
Tomato Bruschetta is toasted rustic bread topped with freshly chopped seasoned tomatoes. It’s a classic Italian antipasto (a starter dish) and although there are many different varieties of Bruschetta (by the way it’s pronounced Brusketta) this is my foolproof (more…)
When it comes to French baking it’s all about the simplicity in ingredients yet nothing less than sophistication. That’s why the French Apple Cake not only uses the simplest of ingredients but it also has rum for that slight elegance of taste to each and every delectable bite. (more…)
It’s a little too early (or too late) to be posting a recipe about melons (because they’re really not in season right now) but this Melon & Prosciutto Salad is just too good not to share now. I mean, melons are still available at your local grocery store in the dead middle of winter, so why not just buy one and taste for yourself how perfect and refreshing this salad is. (more…)
Now you see it, now you don’t! The Roasted Tomato Soup literally disappears the moment it’s served. When your guests finish a bowl of hot soup even before you get a chance to sit down and enjoy a bowl yourself you know you’ve got yourself a winning recipe. (more…)
If you’ve ever dined at a Benihana restaurant you’ve probably had their Chicken Fried Rice. And if you’ve ever had their Chicken Fried Rice you probably fell in love with it and went back for more. But if you’ve never been to a Benihana, keep reading anyways. 😉
I was inspired to make this Chicken Marsala Capellini because of the famous ‘Rigatoni D’ pasta dish I love so much from Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chicago. Two different names… what’s the connection? They are both made using the same rich creamy Marsala wine sauce! It’s absolutely delicious and one of my favorites. (more…)
The Raspberry Ricotta Cake is another excellent recipe I adapted from Bon Appetit. I must admit it didn’t win me over with its name (um…ricotta in a cake??), but after reading all the positive reviews (and not to mention the very short list of ingredients) I had to give it a try. (more…)
I’ve finally gotten over the fear of using raw eggs in a salad dressing. Being able to make the Classic Caesar Salad at home was my motivation. Trust me, I’ve tried alternatives, like recipes that use mayonnaise in place of raw eggs, but it just didn’t taste quite right. I wanted restaurant quality, and to get that I had to use raw eggs. If you’re like me and hesitant to use raw eggs too, maybe it helps to know that the acidity from the lemon juice typically kills off any lingering bacteria. This little tip was good enough for me to give raw eggs a try. (more…)
Love love LOVE gyozas. These small Japanese dumplings, filled with meat and vegetables, and then pan-fried on one side and steamed on the other side (a two-step in a one pot method…sounds complicated but cross my heart it’s very simple) are one of my favorite appetizers. We order gyozas all the time when it appears on a menu, and because my children love them too I’m always competing with their six little hands to get my chopsticks around just one gyoza. This only meant one thing…time to make gyozas at home (and a lot of them at that!). (more…)
Temaki literally means ‘hand-rolled’ in Japanese. It doesn’t require a sushi mat nor a very sharp knife to make clean cuts through a freshly-made sushi roll. A temaki is rolled using just your hands, as the term implies, and it’s easier to make than it looks. The Spicy Salmon Temaki (hand-rolled sushi) is one of our favorites, and this recipe makes about 20 temakis (the perfect amount for a family meal, or as an appetizer for a larger crowd). (more…)
Vietnamese Spring Rolls are like veggie-noodle salads… in a roll. It’s a fresh and healthy alternative to the deep-fried spring rolls we’re better familiar with. (more…)
I’ve been cooking a lot of Asian-inspired dishes lately. I don’t know if it’s because of the anticipation to my upcoming trip to Tokyo and Seoul or my need to reconnect back to my roots in Chicago. Whatever the reason it’s inspired me to make this Asian Glazed Baked Salmon. Keep reading if you can say ‘delicious’. (more…)
Momofuku’s David Chang has a Netflix series called Ugly Delicious. It basically means the uglier the dish the better it tastes; it doesn’t have to look pretty in order to taste delicious. The same idea applies to my Angry Delicious Penne Arrabbiata. Why ‘angry’? Well because Arrabbiata literally translates to ángry’ in Italian (which in this case means ‘spicy’) and with the Penne Arrabbiaita, the angrier the dish the tastier it is. (more…)
If you’ve ever dined at a P.F. Chang’s restaurant chances are you’ve tried their Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps…and loved it! And when you love something so much, chances are you’re going to crave for more. Unfortunately for me I live thousands of miles away from the nearest P.F. Chang’s (I live in The Netherlands), but no problem because I have the best recipe for Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps and it tastes just like the one from P.F. Chang’s. (more…)
This is a dream salad for those who love to eat a big bowl of delicious noodles. With the Citrus Ginger Tofu Soba Noodle Salad you can do this…guilt-free! The soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour so it’s high in fiber, high in protein and packed with many essential vitamins and minerals. Best of all it has about half the calories and carbohydrates as traditional spaghetti noodles. This means you can simply eat a normal portion and consume less calories. Or do what i always do…eat double the amount!
I don’t cook much French, but when I do I know I can’t go wrong with a recipe from Julia Child. In her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1, the Supremes De Volaille Aux Champignons is not to be ignored. (more…)
The Portobello Mushroom on Puff Pastry is a recipe I found in a cookbook called Fresh by Michele Cranston. At first glance it looked too elegant, thus too complicated to make (probably due to the combination of making a puff pastry and Portobello in one dish), but the list of ingredients was so simple that I decided to give it a try. Good I did because not only did it turn out looking just like Michele’s picture but it was fast, easy and really REALLY delicious. (more…)
Have you ever been to a restaurant only to find yourself wanting to eat just their House Salad? Why are House Salads always a side dish anyway? Why do I get the funny look when I order the House Salad as my main course? (Note to the waiter: I’m not trying to be cheap and I’m not on some really weird diet. I just LOVE your House Salad. There’s nothing else i want to order from your menu.) (more…)
It’s been several years since The Netherlands had seen any snowfall, but this past weekend changed that. We got snow! The kids were happy to be outside all day rolling around in the snow, eventually making a snowman, while I was inside making snowballs of my own, Snowball Cookies that is. (more…)
With obvious reasons my husband and kids are the first to try any new recipe I make. Most of the time they are willing to try everything, but this time, with the Broccoli Salad with Red Grapes, it took a bit of convincing from my end. I guess you can say I have some non-broccoli lovers at home. (more…)
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This is me trying to bake perfect chocolate chip cookies. I always ended up with really flat cookies. I knew it had something to do with the temperature of the butter but whether I used melted, browned, room temperature or chilled butter I always ended up with flat cookies. (more…)
If I were to describe Gimbap (김밥 or Kimbap) I would say it is the friendly version of sushi. All the ingredients are cooked (no raw fish!) and the popular beef marinade that makes Korean BBQ so popular is included. It’s easily portable too so it’s a favorite choice for picnics, outdoor events, and large parties to feed a crowd.
Tuna salad made with finely chopped apples is surprisingly sooooo good. I would’ve never thought to add apples to my tuna salad until I tried it for the first time a few years ago at a pastry boutique shop (Saranne in Oisterwijk, the NL) here in my local village.
Either you love hummus or you don’t. Which side are you on? At home we have a 50/50 split with daughter #1 and I loving it and daughter #2 and husband preferring something else. My son will eat it one day and the next day not, so it continues to remain a family tie.
A lasagna worth making is a lasagna called Lasagna Bolognese. It’s not a quick and easy recipe but you’ll be glad you spent the extra time making it because this lasagna is the BEST lasagna ever! For years I’ve been making this Lasagna Bolognese, and it’s actually the only lasagna recipe I need.
Pad Thai is internationally known as the signature dish of Thailand. It started as a street food and common choice at casual eateries, but with the popularity of Thai cuisine spreading around the world it’s no wonder this delicious stir-fried noodle dish has become a favorite outside of Thailand and a standard on basically every Thai menu.
If you love bacon and eggs for breakfast then why not try some bacon and eggs for dinner too? I’m talking about Spaghetti alla Carbonara, a traditional Italian pasta dish that transforms eggs and bacon into a creamy velvety sauce using just the heat from the cooked pasta.
Bibimbap (비빔밥) is a signature Korean dish that has become very popular far beyond Korea. It is pronounced BEE-BEAM-BOP and it literally means ‘mixed rice’. Sounds a bit boring (the english translation part that is) but if you know anything about Korean cuisine you know you’re in for a whole lot more than just mixed rice. And once you’ve tried bibimbap you will with no doubt fall in love with Korean food.
I’ve passed up a lot of recipes over the years that required chicken stock. For me it was that ‘red flag’ ingredient simply because I didn’t have access to chicken stock…homemade chicken stock that is. I was never a fan of using bouillon cubes because of its MSG content and salty flavor, and making homemade chicken stock just sounded way too complicated. (more…)
Do you remember spinach? You know, that green superfood that kinda got pushed to the sidelines when foods like kale and chard started taking center stage as the new trendy superfood? Lucky for you I’m here to remind you how tasty spinach can be, that it’s still packed with a wealth of health benefits, and that there is a popular Greek dish called Spanakopita, or spinach pie, that will make you fall in love with spinach all over again.
Tabbouleh Salad (or tabouli) is one of my favorite Mediterranean dishes. It’s tart and tangy with an abundance of herbs, veggies and the healthy craze of quinoa (pronounced ‘kin-wha’). A typical tabbouleh is made with bulgur wheat, but I choose to make mine with quinoa because it’s gluten-free and vitamin-rich.
Whenever I go to the supermarket I always buy bananas. Everyone in my family loves bananas. We definitely eat a lot of it, but in my house bananas means more to us than just a fruit. It’s a quick snack that’s already pre-packaged and ready to go into the kids’ lunch bags, it’s a natural sweetener for our morning smoothies, it’s that (more…)
I’m going to help you out with your next dinner party by giving you the best appetizer recipe. It’s called the Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta. It’s fresh, really delicious, and the recipe is very forgiving (meaning it will come out unbelievably tasty every time (more…)
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Myth or not, I am always happy to make meals that my husband loves and enjoys. Penne alla vodka is no exception. Personally it never appealed to me, but apparently my husband loves it and I didn’t even know it. (more…)
If you’ve never made tomato sauce from scratch before, then the Cherry Tomato Sauce should be your first. It is unbelievably SUPER EASY, using only fresh ingredients. In this recipe the cherry tomatoes are cooked just (more…)
What is my trick for a guaranteed good start to the day? Pancakes! When pancakes are for breakfast everyone seems to be in a better mood. I’m convinced there is a certain link between pancakes and being happy. Could it be because pancakes are (more…)
It’s spring break (meivakantie) here in the Netherlands, hence my excuse for this delayed post for my carrot cake recipe. I’ve been meaning to post it for quite some time now, at least before it was King’s Day, as it was my way of getting into the King’s Day spirit. (more…)
Being a Korean-American living in the Netherlands, you can’t blame me for stopping in my tracks when I came across a recipe for Kimchi Burgers. I mean, how Korean-American can you get? I must admit it’s an unusual combination and not a typical way of eating kimchi, and kimchi is obviously (more…)
Do you ever make a grocery list only to realize later when you are already at the supermarket with your shopping cart ready that you left your list on the kitchen counter? My husband and kids know this very well about me because I often call home to ask them to take a (more…)
A few years ago my husband came back from a business trip in Paris and he couldn’t stop talking about a Parisian bistro called Le Relais de l’Entrecôte. The uniqueness about this place is that there is no menu. Aside from the dessert everyone in the (more…)
I grew up calling them egg rolls, and then into my adult years started calling them spring rolls. I think somewhere in between I even called them summer rolls. I know there is a difference in the wrapping, filling, size, and whether they are fried or not, but which is for which? Does anybody know? I live in (more…)
When I think of Thai food I always have to think about Penny’s Noodle Shop in Chicago. It was there that I had my first Thai food experience. I was just out of college and worked nearby, so it was a popular lunch destination, one where my co-workers and I visited often. And when I think (more…)
I never knew coffee was such a big part of the Dutch culture until I moved to the Netherlands. Just about everyone drinks coffee here, and not just one cup. Actually on average the Dutch consume 1.84 cups/day (6.7kg/capita) according to an article published in Worldatlas. This ranks the (more…)
When your 18-year old nephew actually takes the time to write you an email, out of the blue, to ask you for the Orzo Salad with Roasted Vegetables recipe, you know it’s a gooooood salad. So good that i wasn’t surprised that he asked for the recipe. (more…)
Before I moved to the Netherlands in 2010 I never imagined baking a cake from scratch. I thought it was normal to bake a cake out of a box. All the dry ingredients perfectly measured and provided for you. All you had to do is add some eggs, butter and water. My cakes always came out perfect. (more…)
I have a ranch dip story. It happened in my first week living in the Netherlands. I was at the supermarket and when I realized I forgot to get a bottle of ranch dressing i asked my husband to quickly go get it while I stand in line. He came back empty-handed. He said he couldn’t find it. (more…)