when life hands you lemons: limoncello.

It’s citrus season right about now, and I am always envious of people who own homes with fruit-laden lemon trees. If you’re a fan of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I swooned when Yolanda Foster (now Hadid) strolled through her backyard, casually picking lemons, as if she were vacationing at some random Italian villa. […]

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simple pleasures: miznon cauliflower

My friend Katie once told her husband that she wanted to eat more vegetarian dishes at home. Her husband, a die-hard meat lover, responded with, “Sure, we can do chicken and fish.” I still laugh about this, because like Katie’s husband, I grew up in a home where meat was a part of every meal; […]

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around the world with chicken soup.

Chicken soup has long been touted as a magical cure for the common cold, with at least one study suggesting that the ingredients help fight upper respiratory ailments. Old wives tale or not, there’s no doubt that a big steaming bowl of chicken soup is comforting when you’re not feeling well.  I’ve rounded up recipes […]

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warming carrot soup.

As the nation’s biggest food holiday of the year approached (that’s Thanksgiving for all you non-US readers), I needed to make some room in the crisper. Making soup is one way to clean out the fridge, fulfilling my deep love for using up the last bits of things – this month alone, I’ve made vichysoisse, […]

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the safest catch tuna.

I consider myself a “conscious omnivore” – we try to eat organic and local whenever possible, and the meat that we consume is of the highest quality we can afford, from small farms in the area.  Truth be told, my husband and I have considered cutting meat out of our diets on various occasions, but […]

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me versus the meringue.

My father-in-law is the undisputed king of meringue in the family – I’ve never seen someone whip up a batch so effortlessly.  I always get nervous when making meringue – will it be too dry? Too tacky? It’s a crapshoot every time, at least for me.  But when I saw these gorgeous organic raspberries at […]

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nigella lawson’s decadent polenta cake

I don’t really watch a lot of cooking television, but I happened upon an episode of Nigella Lawson’s show where she made this simple cake with lemon drizzle that literally made my mouth water.  This recipe has always stuck in my mind, but I never really got around to trying it, until Jules brought home […]

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salt of the earth (and sea).

I have long been an avoider of salt.  My friend Cindy once followed me around the kitchen with the salt, seasoning behind me because I tend to make things a little on the bland side. I’m a bit of a unicorn in terms of my culture, as Filipinos tend to prefer things pretty salty, but […]

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