Pepper Steak

I love being a mother. I love being a wife. I love than I can be both and be a ...more

Chocolate Truffles

Named after truffles fungus due to their irregular shapes and “dirty” look, these confectionery are an absolute indulgence with their melt-in-your mouth texture. Chocolate truffles are traditionally made with a variety of centers: nougats, caramels, fruits, nuts and berries. The recipe that we have here is the swiss kind, made with ganache~cream, melted chocolate and liquor. Very easy to prepare, the only difficult part in making them is eating just one! ...more

Chicken Teriyaki

This chicken teriyaki recipe is my own simplified version ...more

Eggplant, Roaste Peppers and Gouda on Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta loaf, with its light, crisp crust and “chewy” interior, provides a robust, slightly nutty base to an interesting combination of eggplant, grilled sweet peppers and gouda cheese fillings, in this sandwich recipe. ...more

Spinach, Roma and Ricotta Pizza

This is a rewrite. An hour ago, I had a three-paragraph spiel to go with this recipe. I went on and on about how much I love pizzas, how much I spend on pizzas, how much I’d love to learn how to make pizzas, how much easier my life is with pizzas. I was actually feeling happy talking about pizzas. Then, I accidentally clicked on “delete”. Pffftt! There it went! ...more

Hibachi Steak

This is a “knock-off” that I obtained from Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Restaurant Recipes. Hibachi Steak is a beef and vegetable stir-fry recipe that is prepared teppanyaki-style ...more

Roasted Salmon with Cilantro-Pesto

This roasted salmon with cilantro-pesto recipe is a simple yet elegant entree that boasts of a delicate blend of cilantro, nuts and garlic. It is delicious paired with tossed greens with vinaigrette and crusty bread. ...more

Banana Nut Muffin

These muffins are a welcomed alternative to store-bought cookies and are a cost-friendly snack item for the kids’ pack lunches or for take-alongs to family picnics. For an interesting variation, I made use of the versatility of the recipe by substituting, on half of the muffin batter, my leftover blueberries and blackberries in place of the mashed banana. Before I popped this blueberry-blackberry batch into the oven to bake, I sprinkled on top the cinnamon-streusel topping I used for my berry crumble. ...more

Shallot Toasts with Creme Fraiche and Smoked Salmon

This is a quick, yet an elegant appetizer idea. Creme fraiche, which delivers more flavor than whipped cream but has less of the tartness of sour cream, adds a gourmet touch to shallot-enhanced french bread slices. ...more

Spaghetti with Creme Fraiche and Smoked Salmon

This pasta dish is made with the leftover creme fraiche mixture and smoked salmon that I used for my shallot toasts appetizers. I eat my share cold and my daughter preferred hers hot from the microwave~both results were amazingly delicious! ...more