Nasi Tomato – Tomato Rice

Nasi Tomato

Nasi Tomato (or Tomato Rice) is a flavorful Malaysian side dish. But with the complex mix of sweet and tart tastes in this dish, it can easily be served on its own. It is typically served with Ayam Masak Merah (which is a lightly spicy chicken dish simmered in a sauce with tomatoes). The combination … Read more

Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

Corn Cilantro Lime Butter

Corn on the cob is one of our favorite summertime dishes. I could make (and have) an entire meal of it alone. Thoughts of the kernels dripping with butter and salt brings so many fond memories of summer meals with family and friends. So why change such a simple and perfectly wonderful way of eating … Read more

Fresh Mango Serrano Chile Salsa

fresh Mango Salsa

Nothing takes bland to bold more quickly than a fresh salsa. It can dress up anything from a humble plain tortilla chip, add a huge dose of flavor to a simple garden salad, or bring grilled foods to a whole new level. Best yet, salsas can pull this off while adding few calories and little, … Read more

Spicy Sriracha Korean Kimchi

Korean Sriracha Kimchi

Kimchi is a spicy fermented condiment, similar in concept to German sauerkraut. Both of these two cabbage-based foods are used as strong flavor enhancers, but there are sharp differences between the two dishes. Korean kimchi is characterized by its intense spiciness and pungent notes. Traditional kimchi is made with gochujang, which is a paste made … Read more

Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

Charro Beans

What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference … Read more

Hungarian Egg Noodle Dumplings – Nokedli (Spaetzle)

Hungarian Nokedli Egg Noodles

Nokedli are fluffy Hungarian egg noodle dumplings that are commonly used when making one of the country’s favorite dishes, Chicken Paprikash. The dumplings are also often used in German Cuisine where they are known as “spaetzle“ or “spƤtzle.” The primitive shape of these homemade Hungarian dumplings give an idea of how long they have been … Read more

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

spinach pkhali

This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings … Read more

Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

fruit and nut salad with feta cheese

I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially … Read more

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Goat Cheese

twice-baked-potato

Whenever I make twice-baked potatoes, they are typically everyone’s favorite item on the days menu. Mine included! I love potatoes in general, but mostly as a vehicle for whatever I put on them. Whether it’s dipping french fries in aioli sauce or topping a potato with sour cream, the meager spud with its creamy texture … Read more

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also … Read more