cherry clafoutis

There are some days where I wake up in the morning in the mood to bake something and more often than not, it’s something sweet =) Today just so happened to be one of those days =P I looked in the fridge to check and see what I could make with stuff I already had at hand… eggs, milk, and cream were a given, but then, there they were, tucked away in the bottom drawer, my ultimate source of inspiration… cherries! We had devoured half a bag of [...]

potato salad

Back in April, I took my adorable niece to the LA Arboretum for their Beatrix Potter in the Garden Easter Celebration. We spent the day together having brunch with Peter Rabbit, listening to story-time tales with Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, shopping with Ginger & Pickles, roaming through Mr. McGregor’s Garden, and of course, hunting for Easter eggs with Flopsy, Mopsy, & Cotton-tail.

Before the day was over, we headed back to Mr. McGregor’s Garden for some radish-picking and got a few of our own radish seeds to plant in a pot. [...]

french tomato tart

Yes, it’s true. It’s no coincidence that three out of our four recipes so far this month, including our exclusive newsletter recipe, have basil in it. In an effort to expand our ‘living pantry,’ we went out got ourselves a basil plant =) And since it is summertime and the leaves are bountiful, we couldn’t help but resist picking them fresh and using them in another recipe… this time around, in a crisp, sweet tomato tart.

This tart is truly made the French way, where every element is cooked [...]

penne alla vodka

If I had to guess who I was in my past life, I’d have to say an Italian =P  Italians can take a few simple ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, shallots, olive oil, a bit of cream and a splash of vodka and make something so comforting, so heart-warming and incredibly soul-satisfying that it just brings you back home, no matter where you are or who you’re with at the time. It’s no wonder that Rachel Ray called her version of penne alla vodka, You Won’t be Single for [...]

the right knife for the job

On our very first day of culinary school, we were each presented with our very own knife set, complete with more than fifteen knives of various shapes and sizes and other sharp objects, some of which I had absolutely no clue as to what they were used for, but one thing was for sure: they were all incredibly sharp. Naturally, the first thing they taught us was how to use our knives properly as there’s a right knife for every job. After all, you shouldn’t [...]

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