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

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

Using Your Noodle

Cold Ramen Salad & Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Anybody who has ever had a great bowl of ramen knows how addictive it can be. In most of the western world ramen is nothing more than cheap dry noodles and a packet of sodium rich flavoring. Nowhere in the vicinity of true Japanese ramen. So for anyone … Continue reading Using Your Noodle

Big In Japan

Ramen Noodles & Teriyaki What started as a culinary curiosity, grew into an unstoppable obsession. Nearly a year ago I set out to make my own ramen noodles from scratch, but little did I know, after producing an upwards of a hundred bowls of mush, making Asian noodles took a fair amount of practice and … Continue reading Big In Japan

Beans Beans the Musical Fruit

Baked Beans: Classic Tomato and Smokey Maple There's a simplicity to homemade baked beans that make them very comforting. Whether it's alongside a classic English breakfast, or as a main course with an unlimited supply of freshly baked bread, baked beans is a humble dish that is both soothing and nourishing. To the average person, … Continue reading Beans Beans the Musical Fruit

Mmmm mmmm Cloned!

Chicken Vegetable Soup: A Campbell's Clone As a kid of the 80s, growing up with a lunch of canned soup or boxed Mac & Cheese was the norm. One of my favorites, especially with the sniffles, was Campbell's Chicken Vegetable soup. And seeing how it's the first week of spring, which usually means that transitional … Continue reading Mmmm mmmm Cloned!

Puff The Magic Danish

Puff Pastry Of all the breads and pastries, it is puff pastry I find most intimidating. It's really not as difficult as some people say it is or tend to think, but it does require practice, patience, and strong arms. A cool kitchen to work in also helps. There are two main types of puff … Continue reading Puff The Magic Danish

National Tortilla Chip Day

Tortilla Chips Mexican, or rather Tex-Mex cuisine was among my first encounter with exotic foods. You can laugh at the fact I just referred to tacos as exotic, but once upon a time it would've been difficult to come across grocery store aisles stocked with Mexican ingredients, even if it is American. I've had Tex-Mex … Continue reading National Tortilla Chip Day

Waiting Is The Hardest Part

 Dill Pickles I am all about taking measures into my own hands. That's why, after moving to Norway and couldn't find a dill pickle anywhere, I had to start making my own. Sure there were Polish pickles that resembled the classic North American dill, but they are loaded with strong overpowering flavors such as cloves. … Continue reading Waiting Is The Hardest Part