When I saw a bunch of flowering chives at the store, it immediately drew my attention. Smelling the flowers, I was expecting, probably due to their lavender color, that they would have a sweet floral smell. However, to my surprise, they had fresh onion scent, similar to that of the chives. I later learned that the flowers are edible and can be used in the same way chives is used. Continue reading
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
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
With wonderful abundance of fresh corn from the farm stand, I can’t help but buy and cook it often. On top of enjoying the corn on its own, I also end up incorporating it in assorted dishes. 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
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
Visiting the South is not complete without tasting a Shrimps and Grits dish at least once. Since at one point or another one has to go back home, it’s nice to be able to recreate this dish, and even better – to prepare it according to your personal preferences. Continue reading