I had variations of sweet and sour shrimps and pineapple soup in several Vietnamese restaurants, some were good, others less so. Yet, even with the lesser ones, I always liked the combination of flavors of the shrimps, pineapple, okra and hardly cooked tomatoes, and I decided to make this soup at home. Continue reading
Artichoke season is here, and as I’m a big fan of this unique vegetable (actually, an edible flower bud from the thistle family), I always try to find new ways to serve it. This time I’ve decided to use the artichoke hearts as a bed for serving a tasty shrimps salad. Continue reading
Fresh corn season is here and, once again, I’m using it in all kinds of dishes. One of my favorite and easiest recipes using fresh corn is to cook it “polenta” style. Unlike the time consuming traditional polenta, which is made with dried cornmeal, this quick cooking version is lighter and so perfect for summer. Continue reading
When I cook lobster tails, it’s usually for one purpose: lobster rolls (see a recipe HERE). However, since it’s quite a summery dish, it didn’t feel right to prepare it in this current cold weather. So, I’ve decided to mix the cooked lobster with some warming, spicy-sweet coconut milk dressing instead. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for tarragon-cashew pesto (click HERE for the recipe), which is one of my favorites. I then mentioned that I use the pesto in numerous dishes. In the recipes here, you can find a few of these free-style dishes. Hopefully they will inspire you to use this, or any other type of pesto, in different, tasty ways. Try them and enjoy. Continue reading
Fresh and tasty rice paper rolls are a signature dish of the Vietnamese cuisine. The thin rice wrappers are filled with fresh ingredients and served with a savory-sweet dipping sauce, which is an integral part of the dish, as the filling is not seasoned. All this makes the rolls perfect for summer entertaining. Continue reading
A couple of months ago, I’ve decided it’s time to experiment with Farro, an ancient type of wheat that I haven’t yet used. I bought a package and planned to use it, but, as it happens so very often, I forgot all about it. So when I saw THIS recipe for farro and corn salad, on the excellent “Frugal Hausfrau” blog, it immediately caught my eye. Continue reading
When it comes to lobster rolls, there are two main approaches: the purist one, originated in Connecticut, which refuses to add anything but melted butter to the warm lobster; and the one originated in Main, which serves the lobster cold, with mayonnaise and other seasonings. Continue reading
I’ve found the recipe for this crab tart a few years ago in an old French cookbook. The original recipe was a bit too bland to my taste, so I’ve decided to make a few changes. Continue reading
Very often we describe frozen products as less nutritious and healthy, compared to fresh ones. However, in many cases it is far from true. Good quality frozen vegetables and fruits are often cut and frozen very close to picking, therefore keeping their nutritional values better than vegetables or fruits that were shipped from afar and ended up on the shelves long after they were picked. This is also the case with some meats, fish or seafood, that are frozen soon after catching.
Crab cakes have so many variations, but there is always room for one more. While I love the Maryland style crab cakes, which consist of mainly crab meat with a small amount of ingredients, sometimes I find them too bland and feel like adding other flavors to them.
Here is one of my variations, Continue reading