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

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

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

Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

If anybody remembers my grilled blue cheese pizza, then this burger may sound familiar. I've had such rave reviews of the pizza that I thought I would adapt those pizza toppings to a burger. And I gotta say, I think the burger is better. Quite simply, I took a 100% all-beef patty, seasoned with veal … Continue reading Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Coffee & Cognac Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Meringue Buttercream Frosting Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake? I suppose "good", being the operative word here, depends on many factors. How sweet, how rich, how moist or dry, how much frosting in proportion to cake, and the list goes on. Let me rephrase the question -- … Continue reading Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Hungary for Something Warm?

Goulash & Saffron Spätzle This isn't exactly a "rev up for summer" sorta dish, but when you live in Northern Europe you just gotta have a warm comforting recipe in your back pocket for those (un)expected cold rainy days. And this week is no exception. Goulash is just the type of dish that wards off … Continue reading Hungary for Something Warm?

Heating Up the Grill

BBQ Pizza Though the concept is not new to me, the practice of grilling pizza is relatively new. I suppose since I have only had a BBQ for just under a year, I was bound to get around to it eventually. In my last pizza post I focused more on the restaurant styles of typical … Continue reading Heating Up the Grill