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These fish tacos are that delicious. I even surprised myself with the fresh, citrusy, slightly spicy flavor. I am a connoisseur of fish tacos – from California to the coast of Barcelona where seafood reigns supreme to the best places in the Midwest – and these rivaled all of them. Taco Tuesday is big for me. I crave it when lunch time hits and if I’m not going out for a Margarita fix, I’ll be home making shredded chicken nachos, quesadillas or these Baja Tacos.  For me, Mexican cuisine is a gathering and I always want friends around to share…

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Another Sunday evening dinner in the books. Because of a very busy week – Lady Gaga, seeing Waitress the musical as well as a very busy work week – Sunday became a great excuse to make three dishes. Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and delicious apple pie was on the menu – an ode to the holiday ahead without the heavy stuffing and potatoes.  Since I don’t eat a lot of meat I haven’t made fried chicken before. This recipe is easy and uncomplicated which is just what I want on a Sunday evening.

Naan, Pita, Pizza, Piadina – flatbread in any forms is delicious and this one was no exception. Looking for an easy recipe tonight, I elected for this take on traditional pizza to go with watching the game tonight. It’s true I crave curry and deep rich flavors come winter and with it being a chilly 33 degrees all day, warm naan sounded perfect. You can make the naan bread but I did not. I bought homemade naan from a local shop  and it was more delicious than I could have done. The cilantro cream takes a few seconds – blend…

A fail, I wouldn’t consider this dish to be because the flavor was phenomenal. For someone who doesn’t eat much meat at all and has slowly been eating less and less chicken over the years, this brought me back. It was so tender, so flavorful and seasoned so well I almost didn’t care that the presentation was….a bit off. Chicken Kiev has a long history and a distinct rolled look to achieve. Between user error and perhaps the shape of the chicken breast used, it didn’t quite meet the mark. That aside, I would 10/10 recommend making this dish. It’s…

I first had this dish last year when we had a soup and chili cookout at work, and while I’m not sure this dish would fall in either category (it is a category all its own), someone brought it in with spices bought in New Orleans and damn, it was delicious. I love shrimp and enjoy trying to find new ways in which to use it. A pescetarian by nature, shrimp could be my main source of protein. Why I had never come across this dish boggled my mind and made me question my self-appointed “foodie” status; I think as…

Spaghetti a la Vodka. Adding alcohol to food? I’ve been doing it for years. Weirdly, I had never made this pasta sauce which is such a classic. Coming home from a long day at work, I admit, I wasn’t as thrilled to cook this sauce as I had started out being that morning. It was seven o’clock before I even got started and I was on my way to being very hungry.  Being prepared for a project such as this is absolutely key. I had already bought all the ingredients for the week so preparing my mise en place went quickly.…

Still sick here. Still congested. Maybe my body knew I would be ill last week when I came up with this week’s menu but I’m grateful that I had all the ingredients to make this delicious dish. I love curries anytime of year but especially in the colder months and even more when I’m under the weather. There’s nothing better to clear my sinuses than a mildly spicy (I’m kind of a wimp) curry to warm me to my toes. I have made Thai curries but never a deep aromatic Indian one. While they can be intimidating, this one was easy…

The Julie/Julia project was started by an almost-thirty year old secretary in New York who was stuck in a rut and used Mastering the Art of French Cooking to get out of said rut. It also worked. She conquered the recipes (even the aspic), got herself a book deal and a movie was made starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. She started her blog when blogs were just beginning. No photos or fancy links, just a woman and her words out of her small apartment in Long Island City. While I was at HousingWorks Bookstore in NYC, my favorite place…

When I visit new cities, there’s a moment where I am in complete awe of a place. It’s usually at a time when I take my first bite of a dish I know I am going to think about forever. In a rush, I feel the overwhelming feeling of gratitude, the taste of a meal well-made, the sense of belonging to a place that is not my home, the sheer amazingness of being in a city that existed long before me and will exist long after me but damn, am I here right now and a part of something bigger…

Thirty is the new twenty, forty is the new thirty….new new new. What about just accepting getting ‘old’ instead? In the grand scheme of things, thirty is not elderly and in fact it a perfectly fine age to be. My twenties were pretty wonderful and I whole-heartedly expect my thirties to be as well. This new decade has me thinking a lot about time. How slowly and how quickly it passes. When I think of when I turned twenty, it seems like from then to now it has been a slow treck. When I asked my grandmother about when she…