Chicken Satay

Easily the most delicious appetizer of Thai cuisine, so much so, I’d rather eat chicken satay as a main course. It’s fun, it’s vibrant, and it’s a great communal dish to enjoy with friends and family. Then again, anything served on a stick is just better. Chicken satay is one of those dishes with a … Continue reading Chicken Satay

Sushi

Sushi is as much intimidating to eat for some as it is to make for others. Fortunately, for those who love to eat this beautiful Japanese dish, making it isn’t all that difficult. First off, clarifying the term sushi can be helpful. When most Westerners refer to sushi, they’re actually grouping three main types together: … Continue reading Sushi

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's vs Häagen Dazs Not only is today the Chinese New Year; the year of the goat (my sign!), but it's also National Chocolate Mint Day, and what better way to ring in the new year than with my favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chunk. There isn't many flavors I don't like … Continue reading We All Scream for Ice Cream

Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan

Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan Every so often I get a real hankering for a dish that is warm, spicy and creamy. In such a time I usually turn my attention to Indian food. When it comes to Indian food, tikka masala is on top of my list. For such a craving, it ticks … Continue reading Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan

Chow-Down Chowder

 Seafood Chowder Chowder is a dish seldom found outside North America. The anatomy of a chowder can be briefly described as a thick creamy soup, typically with clams or other fish. Most common of all chowders is the New England Clam Chowder. Then you've got Manhattan Clam Chowder which is made with tomatoes, and there's … Continue reading Chow-Down Chowder

A Slippery Situation

Eggs Benedict Ideal for a rockin' hangover or a sophisticated brunch, these eggs Benedict with maple-glazed smoked salmon and bacon will brighten your day. This is hands down my favorite breakfast or brunch. Mind you, I only have it a few times a years, and preferably in the colder weather. Due to its insanely richness … Continue reading A Slippery Situation

An Apple a Day …With Caramel and Ice Cream

Autumn has officially arrived and what better way to embrace this colorful equinox than snuggling up with a warm piece of apple crisp. I'm not a big fan of the cold, but this is my favorite time of year to eat and cook. I'm sure the eating comes from an ancient physiological response to pack … Continue reading An Apple a Day …With Caramel and Ice Cream

Noodle Nirvana: Pad Thai

There is something so intoxicating about Pad Thai. The perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. The aromas of fresh herbs and veggies juxtaposed against the pungent odors of fermented sauces. Or that droplet of perspiration that tickles the brow before it tumbles down your pulsating jaw as you chew. Ah yes, Pad Thai … Continue reading Noodle Nirvana: Pad Thai

Cracker Jack Clone

Caramel Corn & Peanuts It's always nice to surprise people with delicious foods they've never had before. This weekend was a first for my wife and her parents. They had never tasted caramel popcorn and peanuts. Here in Norway, there's no shortage of caramel covered foods, i.e. candy-coated almonds are my favorite. However, caramel popcorn … Continue reading Cracker Jack Clone

National Cherry Pie Day

Cherry Pie If my memory serves me correctly, the year was 1988 and a twelve year old girl requested her favorite dessert for her birthday. That beloved dessert was cherry pie. And that young girl was my big sister. Not only did she wish for that pie over a traditional birthday cake, she wished that … Continue reading National Cherry Pie Day