Veggie Chik Lettuce Cup

Meatless Mondays started out as a way for my boyfriend and I to have dinner together instead of eating out or working late. We also found it as a good habit to have for our quest to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Blood Orange Juice and Apple Bits Green Tea

It’s another cold night in New York. What started a warm 40 degree day dipped down to the teens as sun hovered over the horizon and beyond. As much as I love winter, these are days where I wish it were spring, minus the allergies.

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake for Two

As the month of February and Valentine’s Day fast approaches, I started to think about what to do for a special dinner. Last year, I made chocolate fondue with strawberries for dessert. It was a small enough batch for two people without leftover ingredients so I needed something similar without making a huge batch that…

Basil Tofu Cotta with Strawberry

With my boyfriend’s mother around, I’ve been eating more creamy food and sometimes enjoying it and other times, not so much. I’ve found that I like many of the Italian desserts if they are made right, such as tiramisu, bomboloni, and panna cotta.

Spicy Tomato Sauce + Spicy Beef Ragu

Last week, one of my favorite Italian places, I Tre Merli, closed down. It’s as close as you’ll get to real Italian food that isn’t watered down to American taste, however, it is on the pricier side. I’ve measured all spaghetti alla vongole to this place. The best place for this dish was definitely Genoa,…

Fried Gnocchi with Spicy Soppressata

Spicy soppressata are the best invention ever! It’s better than those fake spicy italian sausage and salami. Then I had seen a recipe online for fried gnocchi and thought why not? Spicy fried food is always a good option.

Mixed Citrus Salad

This recipe was inspired when I went food shopping and I saw this giant fruit. Was it a grapefruit? No, it was something called pomelo. I’ve never had one before and it was so intriguing that I couldn’t resist not buying it.

Fig French Toast

If you ever have the chance to visit New York, one of the best places for Italian food and eatery has got to be Eataly, located on 23rd and Broadway. They’ve recently opened in Rome and Genoa when I last visited but if you don’t have plane tickets, you can always pretend you’re drinking caffe…

Mee Katang (Khmer Seafood Stir Fry)

When I used to live in Lowell, MA, surrounded by many Khmer food, I used to have my brother order out Mee Katang special from Red Rose. It is like fast food but with vegetables and meat. I was fortunate enough to watch my mom cook it at home that when I left, I was…

Baked Quail over Chickpeas, Beans, and Asparagus Shavings

I went a little crazy at the food market today. One should never to go to the grocery on an empty stomach because you leave with an empty wallet. Craving everything, I bought quails despite the cost. They used to be cheaper and more came in a package. This time, only 4 was in the…

Dark Chocolate Dip

Ah, desserts are the night’s sweet givings. Decadent and indulgent, they are a dreamy end to a long day’s work. I had meant to start the year with a fondue of chocolate and fruits but we overdid that new year’s eve night with a galore of food that seemed unending. I finally had the chance…

Sweet and Sour Shrimp and Tilapia Soup

A storm was coming. A big one they say. It also happened to be my last day at Bluefly as a senior web designer. The relief was unsurmountable. Of course, I got to leave early to wade out Winter Storm Nemo. Did anyone catch those memes floating around?

Wild Berry Custard

Custard is one of those things I use for cakes, cream puffs, and all sorts of sweet dippings. It’s definitely one of my favorite but I rarely ever make it. Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of CreateTV shows and one of my favorites have been Fast Cooking with Jacques Pepin. One of his dessert…

Baked Lentil Samosas

When I was on a vegetarian diet for a week, I went around looking for good food that wasn’t just vegetables. Then I found Curry-in-a-Hurry in Manhattan’s Indian district known as Murray Hill, better known as Curry Hill by the locals. There I found these cheap $1 samosas filled with potatoes, beef, and chicken. The…

Lobster Primavera Risotto

Making risotto takes practice. Lots of practice and trial and error. There’s so many versions of it that I can make but I always stick to the seafood risotto. This time, I wanted to include more vegetables and change up the broth. I was watching CreateTV and Martha Stewart was doing a cooking class on…

Chorizo Pepper Salad

Finally, I made it through the chorizo! While making the lobster chorizo stir fry, I had several leftover ingredients. With those ingredients, I made a batch of chorizo pepper salad for lunch and dinner the next day.

Lobster Chorizo Stir Fry

For the past week, New York City seems to have been encased in an ice box. With Friday’s light snow gripping the frozen cement, the weekend was an excuse to stay in bed and keep warm. However, that wasn’t to be so. Sunday morning was the New York Half Marathon and since my boyfriend decided…

Lamb Chorizo Dirty Rice Mix

This past weekend, which was absolutely beautiful compared this week which has been below freezing (I’m thankful there has been no snow, which would have made the work week miserable), my roommate and I were planning to go to a knitting store down by Union Square. When we got out the train, the smell of…

Baked Pine-nut Encrusted Tilapia

After attending cooking class at Rustico where I learned how to make pine nut crusted branzino, I really wanted to create more dishes with that technique. I don’t have branzino but I always have a stash of tilapia around so I decided to make a simple dinner with those pine nuts thought in mind.

Mint Lemongrass Shrimp Soup

My mother used to make me this mint shrimp lemongrass soup when I was younger so I would stay hydrated. It’s not fattening and the soup is simple enough to make.