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Ginger Grouper

Settling the Stomach with Ginger

“Clean” is a very specific flavor adjective in the Taiwanese language.  It is not quite the same as “clean eating” popular in the US, because instead of focusing on the ingredients or preparation, the Taiwanese adjective refers primarily to the flavor profile.  The “clean” adjective often refers to a light, simple, and refreshing flavor.  It also has a connotation of coziness and comfort, think chicken... read more →
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Chocolate.  Peanut Butter.  Pretzels.  It’s hard to go wrong with this trio.  Peanut butter is not easy to find in Rabat, and since I’m back in the US for a few weeks, I’ve been finding ways to slip peanut butter into snacks, desserts, and even main courses (Thai peanut noodles!).  Last week, on the day before Valentine’s Day, the Washington, DC area was hit with... read more →

You say macaroon, I say macaron, let’s have a bake-off!

I’m a Francophile.   Ok, I’m also an Italophile.  I always thought I was an Italophile, but our time in Morocco, a former French protectorate, has tipped the scale in favor of France.  After our recent trip to Paris where I was steeped in café au lait, pain au chocolat, duck confit, and crème caramel, the French have my heart and stomach, at least for now.  ... read more →
Balsamic Roasted Beets and Carrots

Balsamic Roasted Beets and Carrots

It’s been a month since resolutions were made.  For many of the people around me, new year resolutions are focused on healthier lifestyle habits.  Indeed, many of my friends and colleagues started 2014 on a diet.  While I over-indulged over the holiday season (who doesn’t?), this year I one of my goals is to stay committed to a regular workout routine.   My goal for working... read more →
Asian Noodle Soup

Winter Warmer: Asian Noodle Soup

I know we are almost into double digit January, but part of me feels incomplete unless I share a recap of our Christmas glutton.  Your Christmas dinner may include a beautiful spread of ham, prime rib, turkey, or take out Chinese food.  This year our “pre-Christmas” included a 16-pound prime rib that my brother-in-law smoked for almost four hours on a smoker.  It was a... read more →
Chocolate Tart

Paris and my favorite Chocolate Tart

The holiday season had me in a cooking, baking, and traveling frenzy.  In fact, I’m writing this from my sister-in-law’s cozy Brooklyn apartment.  We’ve just planned our New Year’s Eve dinner featuring homemade tortillas. (More to come on that of course!) I’m finally getting around to sharing a few pictures from our Paris adventures and catching up on some of the recipes I concocted in the... read more →