Mussels with Leeks, Garlic, Tomato and Wine

mussels in wine leeks and tomatoes

Mussels are one of my favorite things to share. It’s rare that I ever eat them alone. A pot of mussels in a savory sauce is meant to be shared. One of my favorite memories of sharing mussels is finding a restaurant in Sydney, Australia that served an all-you-can-eat mussels special on Tuesday nights. They … Read more

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

Italian Herb Frittata

The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. The … Read more

Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

deviled eggs with bacon

Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t … Read more

Moroccan Kefta Meatball Tagine with Tomato and Egg

Kefta Tagine

Meatball Tagine is Moroccan comfort food at it’s best. We spent a month in Marrakech and tried out quite a few tagine dishes. Tagine or Tajine dishes get their names for the pottery dish with a cone-shaped lid in which they are slow cooked to perfection. In this dish, meatballs are slow cooked in a … Read more

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Chả Giò

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Chả Giò) are an addictive fried appetizer or snack. They that are much lighter than their Chinese Egg Roll cousins. This is because the rice paper wrapper used to make the spring rolls is lighter and results in a more crispy delicate skin. The same rice paper wrapper is also used to … Read more

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Peanut Sauce

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

We order these spring rolls almost every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant. So it came as a bit of a surprise during a visit to Southeast Asia that the recipe is actually one from Vietnam. Pin or bookmark the recipe for later! No matter what the origin, these fresh spring rolls always … Read more

Fig and Onion Chutney

Fig and Onion Chutney

I happened to have several figs left-over from a poached fig with walnuts and chocolate dessert I made earlier in the week. Figs (in my experience) are one of those ingredients that don’t get used very often, and then when you have them the few left over end up lingering in the pantry until you … Read more

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion, Tomato and Fresh Herbs

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion and Tomato

I ran across this dish on a month-long visit to Istanbul. Eggplant was in season at the time and we were able to sample quite a few dishes that were new to me. I love traveling to places that aren’t afraid of variety, spice and flavor – Istanbul is one such place. This dish is served … Read more

Yogurt Dip with Jalapeno and Fresh Herbs

Yogurt Mint Jalapeno Dip

This yogurt dip recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul. In most restaurants after you are seated a waiter comes along with a tray filled with little dishes (mezze or appetizers). There is typically an assortment of hot and cold items available with flavors that vary from mild to spicy. Going out for appetizers … Read more

Turkish Meatballs – Kofte

Kofte Turkish Meatballs Recipe

When I first ordered, Köfte, or Turkish Meatballs (Kofta) in Istanbul I was completely surprised by the flavor. They were like no other meatball that I had ever tried. The Turkish are not afraid of using exotic spices combinations and this dish is no exception. We found Kofte on most Turkish menus, and were told … Read more