best ever oven baked bbq ribs - Chinese style

best ever oven baked bbq ribs

February 21, 2019

Best ever, you ask?  Well, in my humble opinion, yes.  But let’s be perfectly honest, EVERYONE has said at one point in their cooking life, theirs is the best!  And, guess what?  They are 100% right! As an avid cook (40 years), I have eaten and baked a ton of bbq ribs; some that were…

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roasted cabbage with parmesan cheese

roasted cabbage with parmesan

February 14, 2019

Cabbage gets a bad rap if you ask me.  It’s been around for three thousand years and yet it’s not front of mind in the vegetable world.  Most will have eaten it raw in a coleslaw and not many will have tried it cooked on the stovetop or in the oven.  Perhaps we don’t do…

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stracciatella - Italian egg drop soup

stracciatella soup (italian egg drop soup)

February 11, 2019

No muss, no fuss. This soup is one of the easiest you’ll ever make and with minimal ingredients.  What’s more, you can have it ready to serve in less than 15 minutes!  Egg drop soup is a favorite in Rome and in central Italy.  Stracciatella refers to the shredding of the eggs into little rags…

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steamed mussels with black bean garlic sauce

steamed mussels with black bean garlic sauce

February 5, 2019

One of the first sauces we tried when we moved to Hong Kong was the black bean.  The description alone made us wonder how much our senses were going to be assaulted.   After all, how could fermented black soybeans taste anything but salty and smell stinky?  That was the westernness coming out in me or…

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braised chicken wings Chinese style

braised chicken wings – happy Chinese new year!

January 29, 2019

With Chinese New Year one week away, this celebration always gets me in the mood for Chinese cuisine.  Our time spent in Asia saw us with a keen curiosity for local food and traditions surrounding holidays and events.  While I have tried a variety of Chinese food, some came with much distaste (chicken feet, innards…

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semolina dumplings with brown butter sauce

brown butter gnocchettini dumplings

January 25, 2019

These aren’t your typical dumplings.  And it might be a bit confusing if you are used to seeing dumplings the size of golf balls in a stew or soup.  I’m pretty sure if my great, great paternal grandmother saw this dish she, too, would say these are not dumplings!  Nanny Kent was born in Bohemia…

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Spanish tomato toast

spanish tomato toast (pan con tomate)

January 16, 2019

Last week we were in Madrid and are totally smitten.  Mr. S and I have never been before.  He’s half Spanish so whenever we are in a Spanish country, he feels a connection even though he grew up in England. We’ve been to Barcelona before but Spain’s capital tugged at our hearts!  It’s a beautiful,…

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gingersnap cookies

icebox gingersnaps

December 21, 2018

Haven’t found any spare hours to do some holiday baking?  There’s still time and my great aunt’s gingersnaps recipe is a cinch to make.  Audrey was my favorite paternal aunt.  She was an elegant, refined, woman who loved to cook, had a twinkle in her eye, and if you were in her company, she always…

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cabbage & pasta soup

cabbage and pasta soup

December 19, 2018

Baby, it’s cold outside (and I am not referring to the song that seems to have ruffled silly feathers).  We had a cold snap for the past few days and whenever this happens, my body craves soup!  Soup is as old as the history of cooking and enjoyed by the poor and the rich.  It…

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BLT sandwich (brinjal, lettuce, tomato)

December 3, 2018

This isn’t your typical BLT sandwich as it uses eggplant bacon. Say what?  Eggplant bacon has been circulating the web for quite some time but yours truly only recently heard about it when I saw it pop up on Instagram.  Eggplant (aka aubergine or brinjal) is known for its deep purple and glossy skin.  Some…

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strangolatreti (bread gnocchi with spinach & Parmesan)

strangolapreti (bread gnocchi with spinach)

November 15, 2018

I enjoy reading where things originate and even more, the meaning behind it. If you’ve ever eaten light, puffy pillows of gnocchi, you’ll be surprised to learn (or at least I was) to find out that gnocchi can also be made with stale breadcrumbs. Strangolapreti is a traditional dish in the Trento area of northern…

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delicata squash

baked squash slices – easy to make!

November 5, 2018

As a youngster, I never really cared for squash; it was so nondescript when boiled and mashed and usually ended up either too wet or too dry.  That has since changed and I’ve come to enjoy it whether in a salad, casserole or soup.  My kids love my grandmother’s baked squash casserole, however, this is…

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Thanksgiving dinner in a pie.

turkey pot pies

October 12, 2018

Canadian Thanksgiving was last weekend.  Four hundred and forty-two years ago an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient, established a settlement in what is now called Newfoundland.  He held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first…

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