Stovetop Grilled Pineapple Skewers

The weather is getting warmer! I was hoping today would be one of those sunny, warm spring days that makes you crave barbecues, or at least a day that hints that you might consider grilling soon. Instead, I got a dreary, gray, slightly chilly and damp rainy day. But no matter, because these grilled pineapple…

My Oahu Hawaii Top 5

It’s happening, it’s actually happening. Slowly but surely, travel restrictions are lifting and many people are planning for their first trip in a year and a half. Where are you planning to go first? I know where I’m going: Hawaii. Because I’m getting married! And to a Hawaiian, so it only makes sense to have…

Instant Pot Red Red (Ghanian Black-Eyed Pea Tomato Stew)

I’ve wanted to make a dish from West Africa for awhile now, but I admit I’ve been a little intimidated. I’ve tackled some recipes from East Africa and Southern Africa, but West Africa, not yet. Perhaps the reason is that I’m simply less experienced in eating and cooking food for this part of the world,…

Cheddar & Gouda Beer Fondue

As I look outside watching large flakes of snow drop from the sky, nothing sounds better than curling up and dipping stuff in warm, gooey cheese with family and friends gathered around the pot. I’ve been making fondue for years. One of the first pieces of cookware I owned was a fondue set, gifted to…

Mushroom & Lentil Vegan Lasagna

My mom is known for her lasagna. Family gatherings, parties, holidays, she always made lasagna. I have many memories of making lasagna together, trying to pull out the cooked noodles from the pot without breaking them in half (it always happened anyway) and setting it in layers. Mom recently shared her lasagna recipe with me….

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…

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…

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….