Flat Iron Steak with Tarragon-Cashew Pesto

Even though many people refer to Pesto as a paste/sauce made primarily from basil leaves and pine nuts, the term “pesto” can actually be used to describe any other similar types of paste. Continue reading

Duck with Cranberries and Orange Sauce

Cranberries and Orange Sauce Ronit PensoWith plenty of leftover cranberries and oranges, I’ve decided to put some into good use, in the form of a sauce for a duck dish.
Cranberries and oranges go so well together, and the acidity and mild sweetness is just perfect for a duck dish. The result was wonderful. Continue reading

Caramel and Apple Upside-down Cake

Caramel and Apple Upside-down Cake Ronit PensoThe Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods even to an agnostic such as me. One of these culinary traditions is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Many other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year. Continue reading

Spicy Chicken Tenders with Salsa Verde

Spicy Chicken Tenders with Salsa Verde Ronit Penso

This fresh and tasty dish is quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for a hot summer day lunch. Continue reading

Fried Fish with Agristada – Sephardic Lemon and Egg Sauce

Fried fish with Agristada Ronit PensoAgristada, a velvety lemon and egg sauce, is one of the most loved sauces in Sephardic* cuisine, and one of my personal favorites. The sauce can be served warm or cold, and it is traditionally paired with fried fish, though also served with cooked fish, meatballs or steamed vegetables, especially artichoke. Continue reading

Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Peppers Cream Sauce

Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Peppers Cream Sauce Ronit PensoScallops are one of my favorite seafood, for  their fresh, sweet flavor and wonderful texture. However, it’s not always easy to find really fresh ones. So, when I do, I immediately buy some and then cook them the very same day, and as close to serving time as possible, as fresh scallops need very short cooking time, otherwise their texture will quickly turn rubbery.

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Lamb Sliders with Tahini-Yogurt Dip

Lamb Sliders with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce Ronit PensoThe term “sliders” in food originally described small hamburgers, served in a mini-hamburger bun. But later on, other types of small patties served in mini-breads, were happily sitting under the same definition.

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Shrimps with Peppers and Herbs with Basmati Rice

Shrimps with Peppers and Herbs, on Basmati Rice Ronit Penso

After the fairly time consuming stuffed cabbage recipe of last week, it’s time for a quick and easy “all in one pan” kind of dish, that you can fix in almost no time. Continue reading

Tuna Tartare with Asian Vinaigrette

Tuna Tartare with Asian Vinaigrette Ronit PensoWhen I get my hands on such a beautiful fresh piece of Ahi Tuna as shown here, the last thing that I want is to cook it. It is so wonderful and succulent as is, that cooking will only ruin it.

So, I’ve decided to honor this tuna steak with a vinaigrette based on Asian ingredients from different cuisines, that compliments its flavor and texture. Continue reading

Baked/Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with Cilantro, Lime and Jalapenos

Baked/Steamed Chilean Sea Bass Ronit PensoChilean Seabbass is actually a commercial name for the Patagonian Toothfish, which is a type of Cod. The fish has a wonderful firm, yet smooth texture. A short cooking will turn the opaque flesh into a beautiful deep white color fillet and enhance its natural sweetness. Continue reading

Berries and Orange Coulis and Popsicles

Berries and Orange Coulis and Popsicles Ronit PensoWhen I see nice fresh berries at the store, I usually end up buying more than needed, and as they don’t keep fresh for long, I always try to find ways to use the extra amount. Continue reading