Thai Hot & Sour Soup (Tom Yum)

For me this time of year always drags. It’s cold, it gets dark far too early, and the excitement of the holidays has passed. I wasn’t always a soup aficionado, but in recent years I have really come to love curling up with a hot bowl of delicious soup on a cold winter day. This…

Refreshing Apple Lemon Smoothie

Happy New Year everyone! And if you’re new to this blog, welcome – I’m happy to have you here. Before we dive into today’s recipe I always like to take this time to reflect on the previous year and think about the upcoming one. Of course there is a lot to say about 2020, a…

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

When I spent three months studying abroad in Argentina, I became addicted to alfajores, which I would best describe as an Argentine cookie. The traditional version is two shortbread-esque buttery cookies with creamy dulce de leche sandwiched in the middle, rolled in coconut flakes. There are other varieties as well, especially those that are dipped…

The Dulce de Leche Cook-off: Part 2 (What Happened?!)

Sometimes great success and great failure come hand in hand. Last week I wrote about Dulce de Leche and tried two methods to make it. This week, we’re going to put all that dulce de leche to use and make alfajores! But first – My Instant Pot arrived this week, so I decided to try…

My Blog Turns Two!

I almost can’t believe it – my blog is a toddler. Yup, it’s been two years to the day that I started this blog. And wow, was year two a humdinger. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without each and every one of you, my readers, whether new or old…thank you for making…

The Dulce de Leche Cook-off: Part 1

Dulce de leche was one of the first foreign foods that I fell in love with. It is ubiquitous in Argentina, the first foreign country I lived in. Translated to “milk’s candy” in English, it’s used in cookies and candies, as a spread for toast, as a filling for desserts, an accompaniment to fruit, an…

Vegetarian Spicy Stuffed Peppers (Rocoto Relleno)

Let’s talk about Peru. This is going to be tough, because there is so much to say! It remains one of my favorite countries I’ve ever visited: Incan ruins, deserts and canyons, the Amazon rainforest, the highest navigable lake in the world, and thriving cities, to start. And oh yeah, the food. Always the food….

Why You Should Pop Your Own Popcorn (And How to Do It)

When I was growing up, popcorn was something you either had at the movie theater where it was scooped out of a large popcorn machine, or came in a butter-drenched bag that you threw in the microwave and watched carefully to avoid burning. I had heard of hot-air popcorn poppers, but didn’t own one. That…

Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

I’m a bit upset. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but this being 2020 and all, we have to deal with COVID. The rates are the worst they’ve ever been in the United States (though gratefully New York City has remained low in terms of infections compared to the rest of the country)….

Sweet Potato & Greens Bowl

What are you grateful for? In this year of very real ups and downs, I’m grateful for so, so many things – the fact that I have a safe place to live, that I still have my job, that I have family and friends who love and support me (thanks!) And even though this year…