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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…

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…

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…

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’ve watched many a MasterChef attempt a soufflé and there’s usually a predictable 50/50 chance it’s going to work out ok. I’ve never made a soufflé so I am guessing my odds are higher for me failing. I have to say the one thing I thought I “knew” was to get everything ready before I start cooking. Simple, right? Sometimes even though I know better, I rush into cooking and I don’t perform this crucial step. Reading the entire recipe all the way through is also kiiiind of important. Spoiler alert: I did both of those things; set up for success. I’m…

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…

Things were going too well. Everything has been tasting great, no major mishaps so it was likely that it couldn’t last forever. This is the tale of how 3.5 hours of work was ruined in 3.5 seconds. I love cooking on Sundays the most. The joy of having a leisurely day and all the time in the world to spend in the kitchen makes me happy. This particular day, we were a bit busy but I knew I would be making Chicken Provençal for dinner and I was giddy with anticipation. This is a French dish that I had wanted…