waste not, want not: bubble & squeak.

Bubble & Squeak is an English pub food – traditionally made to use up leftovers.  Roasted vegetables and boiled potatoes from the previous night’s roast dinner make up the base of the dish, and can be made with bits of ham or bacon or literally whatever other ingredients you have laying around.  During World War […]

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simple pleasures.

Puff pastry is a glorious thing.  You can use to to make bite size vol-au-vents, hand-held pastry pockets, or something like a tart, which is fairly impressive when presented to your guests, but in all reality, is very easy.  You can make a tart hundreds of different ways, sweet or savory – your imagination is the […]

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ladies who brunch: blueberry scones!

  I was inspired to make these for a ladies’ brunch that I hosted at my tiny apartment (before Jules moved in).  I served them alongside Benedicts and bacon hash, making for a truly indulgent weekend morning, but you can have these anytime, with a big cup of Earl Grey and a touch of cream. […]

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stay-at-home brunch for two.

One of my goals for 2013 has been to start saving up money to move to a bigger apartment (or preferably, single-family house).  Jules and I would also like to go to France to visit his family, and then there is the general desire to have more cash sitting in the bank – so we […]

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classic quiche lorraine.

One of my favorite simple recipes is a classic Quiche Lorraine – a very simple list of ingredients is magically transformed into a delicious versatile dish that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!  A large slice of quiche with a side of rocket greens and a lovely vinaigrette makes a filling yet fairly […]

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my mom’s chicken soup: arroz caldo

I’ve been sick with the flu since Thursday night, and suffered through varying levels of fever (oh, hello there, 104.7F) over the weekend, preventing me from making the three dishes I had on deck.  So sad!  The only thing I managed to make was what I refer to as “my mom’s chicken soup” – a […]

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rachel khoo’s "croque madame muffins"

Today we are revisiting the classic Croque Monsieur, but this time, we will be making a Croque Madame – with a twist!  Rachel Khoo (clearly, one of my favorite chefs) put her spin on the Croque Madame (same formula as a Croque Monsieur, but with a lovely egg added) and came up with these “muffins”, […]

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the classic croque monsieur.

There is something so decadent and comforting about the classic Croque Monsieur.  The French version of a grilled ham-and-cheese, but with the added layer of bechamel sauce, quite luxurious indeed.  These sandwiches have been appearing on cafe menus in Paris since the early 1900s.  Since the ingredients for a Croque Monsieur are simple, you should […]

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