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…

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,…

How to Make Nut Butters

For a long time I never considered that I could make something like peanut butter or almond butter at home. I assumed that nut butter had to be processed in a factory, that it was time-consuming and difficult, perhaps requiring specialized equipment. I’m happy to say that I was wrong! A few years ago I…

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…

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…

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….

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…