10-Minute Fig & Brie Toast

My inspiration for this toast came from my month stay in Portugal. In the US, fancy toast on restaurants menus is often limited to the ubiquitous avocado toast. Not in Portugal! Many brunch restaurants and coffee shops had multiple fancy toasts on their menus: thick, flavorful bread piled high with veggies, spreads, and eggs with…

Soothing Cold-Relief Beverage with Ginger & Lemon

Have a head cold or flu? A sore throat? Nausea? A hangover? I’ve got you. This soothing cold relief infusion will ease a sore throat, cough, and congestion using all natural ingredients. I’ve been using it for years when I’m sick and it never fails! I use it so often that I couldn’t NOT share…

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…

Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Misir Wat)

At this time last year, I announced an entire month dedicated to Ethiopian cooking in celebration of Ethiopian New Year. We made homemade berbere spice (a blend essential to Ethiopian cooking), niter kibbeh (Ethiopian-style clarified butter), shiro wat (chickpea stew), and attempted injera, a fermented flatbread (maybe someday I’ll get it right…) And in an…

Sichuan Chili Oil Fried Rice

I remember the first time I tasted Sichuan cooking. It was at a now-closed restaurant in NYC and a Chinese friend had brought me there because the food was authentic and affordable. I enthusiastically ordered the Mapo Tofu (side note: I thought this tofu dish was vegetarian, but it’s not, whoops) After a few delectable…

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. I can’t completely explain why. Is there such a thing as writer’s block, but for cooks? Is it imposter syndrome? Perhaps it’s because of the oppressive July heat in NYC, making me hesitate every time I even think about turning on the stove. Or maybe it’s the ceiling…

A Really Good Sandwich

It all started about a year and a half ago. A friend of mine said she was looking to learn more vegetarian recipes and I wanted to help by using this blog to make vegetarian versions of recipes that would be familiar to her. One of my first ideas for her was a faux BLT…

Ooey-Gooey Carrot Cake Loaf

It’s a big week for the United States: both Easter and Passover. Both holidays are times when we go to religious services, visit our family and friends, and eat great meals together. But this year, because of the coronavirus, most of us can’t see our loved ones this week. It’s odd to be celebrating the…

Paraguayan Hot Chocolate (Mate Dulce)

When I left home for Peace Corps Paraguay, I packed one sweatshirt. Paraguay, I reasoned, was hot and my research showed that even in the coldest times of year it was in the 50s-60s. With limited space and the daunting task of packing for two years of my life, I opted for one and only…

Burmese-Inspired Coconut Noodle Soup (Ohno Kauk Swe)

This week was gray and rainy in New York, with a bitter wind whipping through the streets. There’s no better time of year for a comforting soup. What I like most about this coconut noodle soup is that it brings Burmese food into your kitchen using only ingredients you can find at your grocery store,…