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migas

Migas, for me, are another way to say Nachos. There are different versions all over the place so you can load them up with your favorite ingredients. The extra step of making your own tortilla bits makes these special. I will brag about my nacho making skills, they are fantastic and I don’t like to deviate from my usual routine but I will make an exception for these! Plus, these are acceptable to eat for breakfast and I just love that. This recipe is a mix from a few variations and a little trial and error! I hope you enjoy…

salmonchermoula

Salmon gets cooked a lot in my house. It’s such a versatile fish and goes well with a variety of different sauces and sides. I enjoy it baked in parchment paper with lemons and fresh dill, smothered in honey mustard sauce and broiled, pan seared with garlic and olive oil but especially with chermoula. I had never heard of chermoula which honestly surprised me. From North Africa, this sauce is made with toasted cumin seeds, fresh parsley, coriander, lemon and garlic. It can be used with fish, veggies, meat but I can’t imagine not having it on my salmon every…

tikkamasalaroastchicken

Adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tikka Masala Roast Chicken from It’s All Easy, this recipe is outstanding and the best Tikka Masala I have ever made.  I love love LOVE Indian food but it’s one of those things that intimidate me. I would much rather go out for dinner than try and attempt to bake naan bread or make saag paneer but this recipe has opened my eyes to how easy it can be. Yes, I’ve made curries before and while very good, they were not packed with the kind of flavor GP brought to the dinner table. I invited my…

carrotgingersoup

This is the easiest soup you’ll ever make yourself. So much flavor in so little time! How can this be? I am not lying to you and will tell you how to whip this up in NO time and impress your grandma or your hard-to-please aunt. Gwyneth has done it again, ’nuff said. Ingredients – adapted from Gwyneth’s It’s All Easy  2 tbsp Coconut oil 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced Garlic cloves Chopped fresh ginger 2 tbsp Ground Cumin 2 tbsp Garam Masala 1 tbsp Coriander 1 lb carrots, chopped 3 cups Vegetable Stock Freshly ground…

sesame noodles

It seems like when I get hungry it happens instantly. I go from not hungry to hunger pains in 0.2 seconds. It can be rough, especially when I know I have a big meal to make! This recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy is another gem because it definitely was made for the fast lane. I already had Tamari, Toasted Sesame Oil, Mirin, Furikake seasoning and sesame seeds from the Kimchi Fried Rice recipe I made recently. I bought noodles and I was in business. Boil them per instructions on the box and set aside. In a small bowl,…

frenchwhitewine

French Whites get me going! I love them so much and am certainly that girl in the wine aisle just waiting for someone to ask me for a suggestion! When it happens, I try to keep my cool but I am literally giddy because there’s nothing I love more than sharing my passions, especially when they are as delicious as this. Anything from France is a delight, but a crisp French White on a summer’s day is perfection, especially if you can sip it while in France. The origin of many of the most popular wines, these include Chardonnay, Sauvignon…

coqauvin

Consider this a bucket list item crossed off. From the name of the dish to the final product it exudes opulence and sophistication. Of course, any excuse to use wine in cooking, well, is an excuse I don’t need but if I have a reason I’m happy nonetheless. The night I made this dish, was perfect. I received a call from my dear friend Susan in Scotland just before I began cooking. Her melodious voice, so good to hear, was inspiring to me. You know those moments when someone tells you something you need to hear the exact moment you…

chickensouvlaki

I don’t much about Greek food apart from Feta and Spanakopita. I enjoy it but don’t always seek it out when in the kitchen. That is until I opened up Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook and there it was. He has an entire chapter on Greece and this dish looked simple and delicious. It had me wishing I was enjoying this in Cyprus and not in my living room, but what can you do? The ingredients are simple and it took me only about thirty minutes to make from start to finish.

vineyardsonoma

I’m a sucker for the classics – the Old World Wines Wines from regions where winemaking first originated. Think of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany are Old World Wine countries that have been in the winemaking business for thousands of years. New World Wines are from countries where winemaking was imported during and after the age of exploration. Think, the US, South Africa, Chile, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. Of course, the list is more expansive than this but these are the “big” names.

chickenmilanese

As is the theme of this blog (so it seems) I invite people over for dinner quite often. I love being the hostess with the mostess, I truly do. However, I can’t just do “simple”. If I try and do “simple” it’s just to make it look like it didn’t take any time to whip up! Which kind of defeats the purpose. Kind of like a woman takes hours to get ready to make it look like she just rolled out of bed. I want things to be perfect. I want guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, I want the…

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