Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas for Eating in Instead!

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Aaack! Is it possible that Valentine’s Day is upon again (already?!)? Omar and I are not big on holidays, especially ones like Valentine’s Day, which are barely a blip on the Moroccan radar. We don’t exchange gifts, but we do try to plan for a special meal at home that doesn’t get devoured in front of the latest episode of [Insert Mad Men, Downton Abbey, the Americans, Modern Family, 24, etc.]. In past years, Omar and I celebrated with lobster dinner, homemade hamburgers and buns, and of ... Read More

Homemade Bibimbap

Homemade Bibimbap

Bibimbap is popping up all over the place these days.  Lunch joints, quick dinner take-aways, or traditional Korean restaurants, bibimbap is one of my favorite dishes.  It’s an all in one—veggies, rice, beef, with an egg on top.  A perfectly balanced meal of sweet and savory all in one bowl.  Personally, I prefer the dolsot bibimbap, served in a Dolsot clay bowl, leaving the rice on the edges crispy, giving the whole dish an added dimension. According to Wikipedia, bibimpab means “mixed rice” ... Read More

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

Macaron

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.   Plus, my recent results on the Buzzfeed quiz  “What City Should You Actually Live In?” put me squarely in Paris.   Topping the list on ... Read More

Winter Warmer: Asian Noodle Soup

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 big hunk of heaven.  I’m not a huge red meat lover, but this was serious piece of meat.  We enjoyed it for dinner, sandwiches, ... Read More

The Reveal! A new look, new ingredients, and a new recipe!

Homemade Orecchiette

It’s here! Eating in instead is sportin’ a new look! The re-design process was exciting but also hard work. It is the main reason new recipe posts were slow in coming the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy the new site as much as I do and please excuse any initial glitches as I work on the finer details. I’ve also included a new “tips & clips” page where I am working on video how-tos for cooking techniques. In the spirit of the new look and trying my hand at video, I’ve got a fresh fava ... Read More

Seven Vegetable Couscous and a couscoussier!

Couscous with 7 vegetables

This week I learned that I’ve been going about couscous all-wrong.  To right this wrong, this post is more about technique, rather than a particular recipe.  Until now, my method for cooking couscous was bringing water or broth to a boil, stirring in couscous, turning off the heat, and letting the couscous stand in the hot water for 10-15 minutes before fluffing.  I’ve been using this method for years.  So, when Omar suggested that I ask Madam Ayesha (or A’isha) to teach me to “make couscous” my ... Read More

Crispy Roasted Duck

Crispy Oven-Roasted Duck

On New Years Eve we decided to make our own special meal at home instead of eating out.  We decided on roasting a whole duck.  It was my first try at roasting a whole duck, a few years ago we partially smoked/grilled a whole duck for Thanksgiving, but I’d never roasted a duck before.  I regularly roast whole chickens for dinner and I always use a vertical roaster for the chicken so I decided to do the same for the duck. Many home cooks are intimidated by roasting a whole bird, whether it is ... Read More

Homemade Mushroom and Goat Cheese Ravioli

Homemade Mushroom and Goat Cheese Ravioli

You know what I hate?  Cooking show lies.  I hate when celebrity chefs get on television and say how “easy” something is when clearly half of the work is prep and clean up.  Yeah, ok, the activity itself is “easy” but the rest of us living in reality have to wipe down our own countertops we sprinkle the whole darn thing “lightly with flour.”  I don’t have 20 feet of stainless steel countertops and a staff to clean up after my kitchen prep allowing me to go from step 1 to 34 without any clean up ... Read More

Homemade Bagels & (store bought) Lox – Food List Challenge No. 5

Homemade Bagels

When it comes to bagels, strong opinions abound.  Especially with New Yorkers.  It’s like pizza.  I will not pretend I have a refined taste for bagels, but I will tell you one thing, when it comes to bagels, my heart is with Montreal—in particular the St. Viateur Bagel.  Montreal bagels are sweet, fragrant, slender little beauties.  In fact, they hardly remind you of the chewy, doughy, over-sized bagels we are accustomed to in the US.  Indeed, St. Viateur bagels are always in my suitcase on the ... Read More