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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…

There are rare times when you meet someone new and you just *click* and you are a little bit angry because you hadn’t met them sooner. Nate is that friend for me. We met through our mutual friend Marco, who is also truly wonderful, and hit it off right away. With our shared love of food and wine and the finer things we had a lot to talk about and that led to us planning our Sunday evening Italian dinner. As I’ve written on the blog many times, I love dinner with friends. Good wine and conversation over candlelight is…

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Situation: Friends are coming over for an impromptu brunch, you have an hour to make breakfast, tidy up and make yourself look presentable. What do you? If you’re anything like me you’re more than prepared, don’t sweat at all and make it all look effortless – ha! I’m completely joking. The reality of the situation is that I ran around in circles for ten minutes looking through all my cabinets, running menus through my head, deciding on Eggs Benedict than shaking my head for being a fool, pouring myself a mimosa for liquid courage and ultimately deciding in the classic…

Some nights you just want easy. Easy isn’t what this project is about, but easy is what happens when you’ve had a hell of a day and just need to whip something up quick without a lot of fuss. I guess, that is part of the end goal of the project – to be able to whip things up. Brown butter sage sauce is one of my favorites because it’s delicious and impresses with minimal effort. On low heat you melt butter in a  pan, swirling it around so it does not burn but instead slowly transforms into a golden…

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…

Oh, girl, you fancy! That’s what went through my mind as I laid out the ingredients for this dish. It’s not even really that fancy but it tastes like it! Pasta is decadent to me and this one is no exception. Toasted walnuts add some crunch to this dish and in my opinion, take it up another level. My original plan was to make the pasta from scratch but since this particular recipe didn’t call for homemade pasta-I skipped that step. Which I was grateful for because sometimes making a big meal, as much as I enjoy it, is a…

Sunday nights were made for carbs. Comfort food to prep the soul for the week ahead. Whether it is Roast Chicken and potatoes or tonight’s menu of Ricotta Stuffed Shells, Sunday dinner is a ritual I look forward to each week. The day prior, I had been extra productive and went to the store to buy the ingredients for this weeks recipes. Browsing through all my cookbooks, the special Sunday night recipe always stands out. I could imagine the oven warming the home on the cool evening, a glass of wine being poured as the soft glow of candles lit…

I cook salmon quite often. It’s easy, you can do so much with it and it’s heart healthy-Omega 3’s anyone? Normally, I cook it in the oven. Pretty much, always actually. Grilling is my favorite but on the 16th floor of my no-balcony apartment-it isn’t the easiest thing to do. This recipe though, involves poaching it in the steam from a covered sauté pan filled with water, dry white wine and a bed of lemons and parsley stems. That is IT! Fill the sauté pan with a half cup of water, a half cup of dry white wine, add your…

Simple? Yes, it is. But as I’m telling myself, you have to conquer the basic before you can get to the complex. This salad is so good – America’s Test Kitchen does not mess around!  Lettuce (Spring Mix) Feta Cheese (Crumbled) Red Onion – diced Roasted Red Peppers (Jarred are fine) Black Olives ( I omitted these, cause gross) Diced tomatoes Olive Oil Salt Pepper Oregano Parsley Lemon Juice Put the salad together as you would. Dice the onion, mix it in with the olive oil and lemon juice, add the oregano, salt and pepper and you’re good to go.…

Having a terrible cold does not bode well for cooking. My palate felt off, I was congested, but somehow I still wanted to cook. I pulled open the cookbook and risotto was on the list which was perfect because the weather outside was dreary and rainy and a warm risotto sounded just brilliant. Normally, I make parmesan truffle risotto so this one was outside my comfort level. Using green onion, leeks, parsley, mint and lemon zest, this was a very “Spring” risotto but tasted great in the fall. Making the gremolata, I chopped up parsley, mint and lemon zest and…