Vietnamese cooking genius, Charles Phan is not messing around with this one. I’ve been dying to get my hands on his cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking but haven’t got it just yet, so when I found this recipe in Food and Wine, I wasted no time before trying it out.
I love holidays and even holidays that I don’t celebrate because there always is an excuse to bake something delicious!
I wanted to make cupcakes and try something new, but not too new because I’ve never messed up cupcakes before and didn’t want to start now! Trust me, I have a never-ending baking bucket list that includes all kinds of crazy cupcake ideas, but after reading so much of Mark Bittman’s books, I think his “simple is better” edict is starting to sink in and I chose not to make the crazy stuffed cupcakes I had in mind originally.
I LOVE appetizers. It’s a love that always gets me in trouble. I have big eyes and a small stomach and I cannot resist appetizers (and BREAD) before eating dinner. It’s real sad when I get all excited about a meal and can’t take more than a few bites because I’ve filled up so much on the first course.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to have an appetizer night in lieu of a real dinner once in a while. With my family, it usually consists of some frozen pigs in a blanket, mozzarella sticks and cheeses. But since I’ve been painfully aware that my beloved potato skins are all but gone from appetizer menus everywhere, I decided to make my own.
This is a little Sandra Lee of me, but this is a pizza made with refrigerated pizza dough (gasp, gasp from meanie food bloggers who look down on those who don’t do everything from scratch!). You could make your own dough for this. It would be easy enough, but the reason for making this exact pizza is that it’s stupid easy but will taste amazing. Even if you’re spending a couple extra bucks on the dough, it’s still way cheaper than ordering a pizza! Continue reading
For my family Pre-Passover dinner, I volunteered to make dessert. My mom makes the best Matzah ball soup that I’ve ever had and a mean brisket so I was glad to leave the cooking to her and stick to baking cookies!
I wanted to try something from How to Eat Everything but ended up getting stuck on the idea of thumbprint cookies. So too Google I went to find out how Mr. Bittman makes them. This is his cookie recipe, but the fillings he suggested were way beyond my family’s comprehension. Most of them like good old fashioned chocolate with nothing fancy added. But I was feeling a little daring and made a few salted caramel cookies, too (which were MORE of a hit than the plain chocolate–it was a shocker, trust me).
Even though I love cooking and more importantly, love eating, I don’t know very much about the culinary world. I watch Top Chef and someone will say “This tastes great but needs more acid!” Acid? I nod in agreement with Padma but I really have no idea what’s she’s talking about.
But with this baked shrimp scampi, I know what I’m talking about. I also know it has acid because it has lemon juice and lemon zest–suck on that, Padma. What I really mean when I say I know what I’m talking about is that I knowwwww this shrimp is the best shrimp you might ever have.
I have professed my love for Chrissy Teigen countless times before but it was awesome to watch her in action cooking, rather than just reading her blog and hilarious tweets when she appeared on “On the Table with Eric Ripert.” This girl is my kind of chick: funny, obsessed with Bravo, and loves food even more than I do.
So when I saw her on Ripert’s show making Jok Moo, I got inspired give cooking rice porridge a try. My boyfriend will eat almost anything but is in a definite Asian food mood lately thanks to a great local restaurant making authentic (and spicy!) Schezuan food, Han Dynasty but he and I had never had jook before.