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Detox – 21 days Detox – 21 days

The 21 days of Detox are officially over. How do I feel? I feel great. So much better than what I had felt in the past few months, maybe even more than a year… I can’t remember. I lost about 10 lbs. and I feel much lighter. My skin is cleaner and relaxed. My achy […]

Detox day 19 - Another pretty lunch plate Detox day 19 - Another pretty lunch plate

Steamed and roasted cauliflower small tomato 1/2 avocado a few pieces of sautéed chicken breast with cumin and paprika 1/2 cup brown rice pasta salt 1/2 teaspoon oil Pure flavors.

Detox – what to eat? Detox – what to eat?

After 14 days of Detox I find that what I miss the most is…. extra virgin olive oil. (Even more than coffee.) From roasting, sautéing and grilling, I switched to steaming and poaching. I actually found that steamed fish gets much tender and stays moist and delicate when steamed compared to the other cooking methods. […]

La Tartine Gourmande cookbook & Carrot and zucchini tartlets Coriander-flavored carrot and zucchini tartlets

“How many cookbooks do you have anyway?” my boy asked me the other day, followed by, “And how many (food) magazines?” I never counted, but there are 2 full bookcases. “Don’t worry”, I told him. “Son, one day all this will be yours and your sister’s. 50-50” I bought my first cookbook at 10. The second one […]

Swordfish tacos, lunch for one Broiled swordfish tacos

A girl (or any person for that matter) can find herself eating alone from time to time—it’s normal, right? Having a set of hubby+kiddies, family in general, and friends promises no guaranties that there will be company at the table at any given breakfast, lunch or dinner. I work at home and most days I […]

Leftovers dinner in 10 minutes Leftovers dinner in 10 minutes

OK, I’ll be honest with you, it only felt like it took 10 minutes when in fact it took about 20 minutes. Or maybe 18 min (20 min – 2 minutes I took to tell/yell at the kids over and over to go wash hands before dinner.) But it felt like 10… And it was goooood—my […]

Lasagna lesson Classic lasagna

It’s been…… 4-5 years since the last time I made lasagna. So why all of a sudden did I make it now? Recently, my kid was on a mid-winter break from school and I had continuous exposure to The Garfield Show and that did it! (In case you don’t know, Garfield is a fat, lazy […]

3 dinners in one, or 1 predictable dish = 3 meals! 3 dinners in one, or 1 predictable dish = 3 meals!

Some dishes, I think, are just too predictable, too obvious to even be mentioned to others—“Hey! Guess what I cooked today?”—and certainly they are not to be blogged about! Talk about roasted chicken. Or even braised chicken. They just seem to be too… (Fill in the blank), because I/we assume that everyone knows how to […]

Pork tenderloin stroganoff Pork tenderloin stroganoff

Mr. Husband cooked this recipe for the first time a few months ago. The kids and I returned home late in the evening after a play date at our friends’ house to find the house smelling heavenly from this dish. The aromas hit my nose the second I stepped out of my car in the […]

Mishmash pasta dishes Mishmash pasta dishes

I love mishmashed pasta dishes like this one. With Israeli couscous, bacon, artichokes, corn, mushrooms, fresh herbs, some lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil… What’s not to like? Or how about this one with kale, toasted pine nuts, a bit of cream, and parmesan? Simple. Clean. (Recipe here) I love to take my big skillet […]

Chicken braised with cream and tarragon Chicken braised with cream and tarragon

Chicken with cream and tarragon… I believe I was a B.A student the last time I made this dish. Pheeeww, that was a long time ago! How can it be that I let 10-15 years slip by without cooking this divine dish? Jeez. I was cooking a lot of French and Italian dishes back then, my early […]

Mushroom quiche recipe Mushroom quiche recipe

OK, so we had a few distractions between the No-roll quiche crust post – because we visited Mount Rainier National Park, Blueberry Hills farm, and Lake Chelan – to the actual finished product, that is the mushroom quiche post. I’ll be honest with you… For me, making – and eating! – a mushroom quiche is […]

The slugs, the beer, and the squirrel: Part 2 The slugs, the beer, and the squirrel: Part 2

No, no beer-braised squirrel in that pasta dish. Don’t worry. I told you about my snail, beer, and a beer stealing squirrel problem. And I have received some advice. Thanks! Crystal commented that what I have are slugs and not snails and suggested “A tried and true method I have used to make a beer […]

Cholent, a 15+ hours Shabbat stew (a.k.a Hamin, Chamin) Cholent

I must tell you about this stew. Because even if you believe that you will never ever make it, you must know of its existence!!! And so, you will make a conscious, knowledgeable decision whether you make it or not. I don’t want the responsibility lying on my shoulders knowing that (some of) you are […]

Simple salmon says Broiled fresh wild salmon with lemon thyme

Just look at that. Isn’t it gorgeous???? Fresh… Wild… Salmon. I’m so excited to see fresh, wild salmon, and at reasonable prices, at the grocery stores again. Just look at that color. Gorgeous. So I had to get me some for dinner and I bought one pound (Which is enough for 3-4 servings). This cut […]

Walnut-basil pesto Walnut-basil pesto

“… I did it myyyyyy waaaaay….” (And so did Sid. Proceed with caution.) Ok, I know what you’re thinking – or do I? – I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t heard before. But maybe I will? It’s pesto. We’ve heard of and seen it a million times before. So what else is […]

Fish tacos Fish tacos

He was wild, he was fresh, he was available, and he was mine. I held him in my arms. I was thinking: “Rock Cod, you white fleshy fish, what shall I do about you?” “The kids won’t eat it”, said Suburban cowboy. “Maybe in tomato sauce?” I tried. “No”, he dismissed. And he was right. […]

Matzo balls soup Matzo balls soup

I was behind to join Twitter, behind with setting up a “fan” page on Facebook (mostly because I dislike to use the word “fan”, but do go and visit me there for updates, OK?), and then behind with making matzo balls… Technology-wise, I wonder, is it an age “thing” that I’m so behind? But matzo […]

Italian soup’s tiny chicken meatballs, minus the soup Italian soup’s tiny chicken meatballs, minus the soup

I have already compared my glamorous suburban life to meatballs before. So what else is left to say? Do you like chicken? Do you like meatballs? Do you like cheese in your chicken meatballs? Oh, oh, I know, do you like a crusty bottom on your meatballs? ‘Cause these little guys have nice crusty bottoms, and […]

Spontaneous brisket Spontaneous brisket

First, a short announcement. I’ve started a new Facebook “fan” page for my blog. I feel uncomfortable saying “fan” so let’s keep it simple and informal. If you like Facebook and you’d like to get post updates there, click here to check it out and join me. Thanks! Now, where were we? Oh, yeah, brisket. […]

A handsome couple Orzo and garbanzo beans

Once upon a time, in a land not far away, with a twist of a fork, two side dishes accidentally met on a plate. The first one, pasta, loved by all, orzo shaped, whimsical and a bit chewy, seasoned simply, and the second one, garbanzo beans, not as mainstream as pasta, a bit more serious […]

Something to remember Spaghetti with beef meatballs

Everyone says that spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce is a kid-friendly food. One of the ultimate favorites. Way up there in the top 10, maybe even top 5, on the kids’ food list. Well, at least that’s the theory. But in our household? Not so much. I always wondered why magazines/restaurants/cookbooks make that claim […]

United Way's Hunger Challenge 2010: Freedom to choose Mexican inspired grilled lamb tortilla wraps

$74.94 is what I spent at the grocery store, pretty much on a whim. A few chocolate bars and heavy cream for a cake, 2 loaves of freshly baked bread, coffee, fruits and vegetables, deli meat, and a few other things. For $7 a day per person, or $22 a day for a family of […]

Minestrone time Minestrone time

This soup has been waiting to be published for a looong time. With all the holidays bustle of shopping and cookies baking, it got buried under a pile of other recipes and things to do and write about that wouldn’t wait any longer. It’s been waiting since…. hmmm, 3 weeks ago? It was freezing cold […]

Braised short ribs Braised short ribs

A quiet dinner, a glass of wine, dining al fresco by the swimming pool, watching the red and orange sunset, gazing at the ocean, listening to the waves, and looking into the eyes of your loved one… Aha, I gotchya! Didn’t I?! You got all dreamy, haven’t you?! But it does look like it could […]

Steamy sweet and sour pork meatballs Steamy sweet and sour pork meatballs

I have told you before about my 130+ cookbooks, haven’t I?! There are quite a few Italian cookbooks,  a few Mediterranean ones (my favorite food), Mexican, American, French cooking…. baking cookbooks… but not even one about Asian food. Well, Jaden from Steamy kitchen has changed that with her new cookbook. I love Asian food but […]

Glamorous life Baked Chicken Meatballs

Sometimes I feel as glamorous as a chicken meatball. Ehhh, let me explain. Where should I begin? Maybe from the end. Yes, the end. That’s was when I heard the sweet sound of the word “yummy”. It came out of the mouth of a sweet, but stubborn, and picky, little boy, who mostly likes to […]

Wild mushroom ravioli with kale and cream Wild mushroom ravioli with kale and cream

Sometimes unplanned dishes are the most delicious (Ooh, a rhyme!). And sometimes making pasta for dinner is actually an excuse to eat kale. Kale, chard, mustard greens, and all their green friends are new in our fridge, on our table, in our hearts, and now also in our backyard (more about it later). Those are […]

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: How to make Shakshuka? Shakshuka

Before we start discussing anything, I’d like to tell you right away what not to do when you make Shakshuka. Do not burn it! OK, now let’s take a few steps back and start from the beginning. When I saw this photo in Sunset magazine (09/09 issue) for Paprika Tomatoes with Poached Eggs (Shakshouka), it […]

Salmon in Seattle or Copper River salmon, two ways Grilled salmon with fresh herbs and zests

At first, I didn’t want to title the post“Salmon in Seattle”… but then I just couldn’t resist. Salmon is a big deal in Seattle and there’s a lot of anticipation before the beginning of Copper River salmon season. But I have already mentioned that before so no need to go into it again, right? (If […]

Spaghetti with Carbonara Spaghetti with Carbonara

My curiosity for restaurants started when I was in my early twenties. As soon as I started earning enough money and could afford eating out in good places. I had a good friend then, Avi, with a similar interest in food and together we explored the big city’s best bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. He was […]

Cooking from the hip Chicken Schnitzel

How does your cooking for dinner routine look like? Are you cooking something quickly at home? Do you stop by the drive-thru? Are you being creative and playing with the food or are you stuck in a rut (like me, lately)? Are you cooking by yourself or maybe with your kids? Or are you one […]

Fish ‘n chips Fish and Chips

Sometimes I let the guys cook. They play in the kitchen, taking their time, talking, discussing the recipe, but using tongs because they don’t like touching the food and getting their hands dirty, ha ha.

Gourmet meatloaf Rustic French Meatloaf

What I love about meatloaf are two things: 1) it’s a great way to stretch 1-2 pounds of meat into a dish enough for 6-8 people (like they did in the old days), and 2) it’s a simple dish to make and very comforting to eat. This recipe for French meatloaf in Gourmet magazine (April 2009  […]

Buttery, Cabbage that is Buttery Cabbage

  What do you call the 4th addition to a trilogy? Foursome? Quartet? Freelogy? I gave you Flaky and Creamy recipe… then we had Crunchy… and then Sweet and Smoky… and now this Buttery thing. Well, when you have half a cabbage left after a crunchy cabbage salad you will need a recipe for the […]

Pasta Bolognese Pasta Bolognese

But first, the winner of the Secret Stash Sea Salts giveaway is…. Deb! who wrote the largest number of comments.

Grilling in the Dark Marinated Lamb Kebabs with Cilantro and Honey

It’s winter. Well, you know it. But this one seems to be not just any winter, but a looooong winterrrrrrrr. And I love grilled meat! And I can’t wait ‘till the global colding that’s been going on here in the past few weeks will end. Snow in March? Com’on… I have already done some“ grilling […]

French Onion Quiche French Onion Quiche

Let’s talk about quiche. Every now and then I like to have a good quiche and eat it too. Of course. But not just any quiche. Not one with a soggy bottom, ahem ehhm, or one that is waaay too rich and makes you feel so stuffed and guilty after eating it, or one that…. […]

Cute Hamburger? Black-Bean Burgers

Photo from Gourmet magazine In our efforts to eat less meat and less frequently, I made these Black-Bean Burgers about a week ago. This was a new kind of dish for me. I have never tried before to make something of this sort as beans are not very popular in house. I was skeptic about the […]

Flaky and Creamy Butternut Squash Galette

No, I am not going to give you another decadent chocolate dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day. They seem to be all over the place as it is. You don’t really need another one. Do you? On the other hand, what are you going to have for dinner before the dessert? Or is it going to […]

Leftovers: Creamy Orecchiette with Roasted Vegetables, Chicken, and Leafy Greens Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, Chicken, and Leafy Greens

Whenever I manage to create a beautiful dish out of leftovers, I think about my grandmothers. Strong, hard working, stubborn and resourceful women (I got those genes), they could cook something great out of anything. (I got those genes too!) Back in the old days there was no such thing as throwing food away. I […]

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: 5 Stars Dinner at Home… But Will the Kids Eat It? Onion Tart with Cantal and Bacon & Butternut Squash Salad

 Are you a foodie? Are you a foodie and a parent? Do your kids share your passion for food? Or do they give you a hard time? Watch the video: I am a foodie and a picky eater in a choosy finicky, or conscious eating way. Since we got married, I got my husband all […]

Arugula, Bacon, and Gruyère Bread Pudding Arugula, Bacon, and Gruyère Bread Pudding

What can I say? I love bread puddings, sweet or savory. It’s like old-world food. Basic ingredients. Using leftover bread. A warm and rustic dish. Golden crust. The best of comfort food. Here’s a lovely recipe from Gourmet magazine that I made a few days ago. Eating more leafy greens is, ahemm ahemm, one of […]

Chicken Liver with Cinnamon and Apples Chicken Liver with Cinnamon and Apples

When I was a child – which was a long time ago, but not THAT long ago – my grandma used to make chicken soup and there were chicken feet, and a throat, in the soup. And I remember my mom, who didn’t cook very often, cooking a cow’s tongue from time to time. Yeah, […]

Fresh Wild Pacific Northwest Salmon Fresh Wild Pacific Northwest Salmon

Hey, I just realized that this blog exists for almost 4 months and I still haven’t given you a single salmon recipe! How could that be? Salmon are now “in season”. Meaning, they are swimming back to their home here at the local lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks. We went to see them during Issaquah […]

jamie’s dinners by Jamie Oliver Jamie's tender and crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes

(The photo is copied from Jamie Oliver’s web site and apears in his cookbook, Jamie’s dinners). My friend T. brought me this cookbook for my birthday. I cooked Oliver’s recipes in the past and didn’t go crazy for them because of their simplicity – they don’t call him The Naked Chef for nothing (In case […]

Truffle oil magic Eggs and truffle oil sandwich

Meet my new best friend – truffle oil. It sure deserves a red carpet (or table runner). A few drops of this oil and you are in heaven. I keep myself from putting it in or on everything I eat. I want to put it in my coffee! But coffee and truffle oil don’t really […]

Artichokes Artichokes

Makes 4 servings 4 medium size artichokes* 2 tablespoons salt 1 small lemon, juiced, halves saved 3 sprigs thyme, optional 2 garlic cloves, slightly smashed, optional 2 tablespoons mayonnaise Soak artichokes in water to clean. Shake them in the water to take the dirt out. If a lot of dirt comes out, rinse 1-2 more […]

Rib-eye steak, grits, cherry tomatoes and butter lettuce salad Rib-eye steak, grits, cherry tomatoes and butter lettuce salad

This dinner is so easy to make. It will take you 30 minutes from start to finish, or 15-20 minutes active time. So delicious, and family-friendly too. For the steaks: I ask the butcher to cut the steak, which usually weighs 1 lb. each, lengthwise to make 2 thinner steaks. 4 each ½ lb. steaks […]

Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

This photo is not the prettiest, I know, but dinner was sooo delicious, AND this is the easiest meal on earth to prepare! AND, kids love it too. It’s a win-win. Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce Makes 4-6 servings For the chicken: 1 whole chicken, about 4 lb. 3 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ cup […]

Stuffed bell peppers – a picky eater's nightmare? Stuffed bell peppers – a picky eater's nightmare?

  I hated stuffed peppers as a child. I hated any stuffed vegetable as a child. When I had no choice, I would eat the content – usually a mixture of ground beef, rice and herbs, but refuse to touch the vegetable containing the stuffing. But now, as an adult, I love it. It has […]

Grilled lamb with yogurt-mint sauce, potatoes, and corn

Makes 4 servings For the lamb: 10-12 lamb loin chops, or Frenched chops 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 sprig rosemary, chopped Salt Black pepper, finely ground Extra virgin olive oil Put lamb in Ziploc bag. Chop garlic and rosemary, add to lamb. Add seasonings and evoo. Let marinade overnight or at least an hour before […]