Happy Father’s Day

My dad lives 2000 miles away from me now, but there is still so much of him right here with me everyday. Of his four children, I am the only girl. A fact I love. My dad is very creative. He can draw, paint, write jokes, teach himself to play instruments, and do magic. My […] Read more…

Pan-Seared Scallops

A perfectly cooked scallop is a wonderful thing. Just crispy on each end, cuts like butter and melts in your mouth. A perfectly cooked scallop is hard to come by, even in upscale restaurants. I have had them in many restaurants, as a main course, on top of salad, mixed in with pasta, even grilled. […] Read more…

Happy Mother’s Day

My mom was my first culinary instructor. I grew up baking and cooking alongside her. I’ve written about that on here before. I still make her lasagna, pot pie, and one-skillet chicken dinner. Her chocolate chip cookie recipe is a very famous, back-of-the-package one, but people never believe that when they taste the cookies. People constantly […] Read more…

Margarita

Did you know that the translation from Spanish to English of “margarita” is “daisy”? Well it is. So I thought doing a margarita post for Cinco de Mayo was a good idea. I can see it now. My Spanish station cooking show would be “Margarita en Casa”. I would drink a margarita on every show […] Read more…

Braised Rabbit Leg

As I have said before, I am currently in culinary school and it is taking up much of my time. This term is focusing on meats, which so far has been very interesting. We have made all the basics: chicken breast, stuffed chicken leg, pork chops, veal, the largest prime rib-eye I have ever seen, […] Read more…

Simple Spaghetti Sauce

Culinary school takes up more of my time than I anticipated. It’s good, though. I’m staying busy, re-learning time-management, feeling accomplished daily, and thoroughly enjoying school. It can be frustrating at times, and sometimes overwhelming, but more often than not I love it. I am learning a new “language”: kitchen lingo, which consists of loud voices and directions. Brushing up […] Read more…

Double Chocolate Brownies

When it rains, it pours. (Except in Southern California; it doesn’t really rain here. :p) Well, Happy New Year! Welcome to my first (quite delayed) post of 2011. Life has definitely gotten ahold of me recently and I have neglected my poor blog and lovely readers. You know how they say, “When it rains, it […] Read more…

Mulled Wine

Cinnamon, Cloves and Vanilla. These are what we call the “scents of the season” and there are many ways to get your kitchen and home smelling like Christmas. Craft stores sell cinnamon-scented pine cones and bags of inedible cinnamon sticks. Cakes and cookies are baked throughout the holiday season. There are scented candles and sprays […] Read more…

Corn Chowder (but not really)

A few years ago I had dinner at an adorable little house-converted-to-restaurant somewhere in Oregon. It was an Italian restaurant, but for some reason they served this corn dish on the side. It was strange because it didn’t really fit the rest of our Italian meal. It was corn kernels, diced tomatoes and potatoes seasoned […] Read more…

Applesauce Spice Cake

Dessert is my favorite meal of the day. Winter, the “holiday season” specifically, is my favorite time of the year because everyone is making and requesting sweets. The only thing that puzzles me about this season is that, with all the holiday delicacy just waiting to be enjoyed, people get hung up on cookies for […] Read more…

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