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settled in. [sweet corn risotto]

February 12th, 2014 by | comments


Now that I’m settled into my new apartment, I’m finally back in the kitchen! I was craving risotto and hadn’t made it in a while, so I decided to whip up this sweet corn risotto. My go-to recipe is Giada’s basic risotto in her Everyday Italian cookbook. The recipe is delicious as is, but made even better by adding sweet corn, asparagus or peas.

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be my guest. [filet mignon w. grapes, watercress & blue cheese]

January 28th, 2011 by | comments

By Andy

Growing up in a family who loves to cook is the primary reason why I’m so passionate about cooking and baking. My brother Andy is a self-taught cook, having taken only a couple of cooking classes in his life. It was his knack of gourmet cooking and plating that inspired me to follow in his, and my mom’s, footsteps. Therefore, I decided to feature Andy as one of my guest bloggers.

Andy received The Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cookbook as a gift and decided to make a few of its recipes for my family.

For the main course, he chose the recipe for filet mignon with grapes, watercress and blue cheese. The dinner turned out absolutely fabulous. The sweetness of the soft, sautéed grapes were delightful when paired with the perfectly cooked and tender filet and somewhat bitter watercress. It’s such a treat when my brother cooks for us—we’re always guaranteed a gourmet, beautifully plated and scrumptious meal.

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you say tomato, I say tomato. [classic chicken cacciatore]

November 1st, 2010 by | comments

Last night, I was given the task of choosing and cooking a meal for dinner. I flipped through Giada de Laurentiis’ Everyday Italian cookbook for some inspiration and came across her recipe for chicken cacciatore. I had never made this dish before and suggested the recipe to my mom. She approved of my choice, but suggested I use my Uncle Tom’s recipe instead.

I used his recipe for the dish and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result. After simmering in the tomato mixture for over an hour, the chicken was tender and juicy with an abundance of flavor. The sauce had the perfect combination of spices, all of which complimented each other. When paired with orzo, jasmine rice and green beans cooked with chopped sweet red onion, the meal was even more spectacular.

We devoured the meal while taking turns answering the door for trick-or-treaters. My dog, Chloe, was even in the Halloween spirit. Yesterday, my mom and I spontaneously decided to take her to Petco to pick out a costume. Since we went to the store last-minute, the options were scarce. This, however, made the decision process much easier. We grabbed the last XXL bumble bee costume and called it a day. Chloe was definitely a hit with the trick-or-treaters. Hopefully we didn’t humiliate her too much! Photo of my dog in her costume below.

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