Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Latin American and Caribbean Salsas

cucumber mango salsaMy father was a culinary adventurer, a seeker after foreign delicacies and exotic flavors. He was passionate about world cuisines and brought them home for the family to try. I remember the first time he brought home a jar of pickled hot peppers from a Hungarian deli.… Read more

4 Decadent Pancake Recipes

pancakes with blackbarry syrupMany of my fondest memories growing up happened in the presence of pancakes, at holiday brunches, midnight suppers. family camping trips, and birthday parties. Our family pancake tradition began with Bisquick flapjacks topped with butter and syrup, and moved on to encompass a wide variety of pancakes, crepes and latkes from all over the world, made of all sorts of ingredients, and topped with a mind boggling array of yummy extras.… Read more

My Search for Quality Cookware

Tramontina Prima 5 quart Dutch OvenI love kitchen gear. I ordered a new 5 quart Dutch Oven and I’m excited because it’ll be here soon. I’ve been wanting to braise a brisket, and this pot is just the right size. It’ll get used a lot. Here’s what it looks like (see photo above right).… Read more

Sparkling Herbal Coolers

sparkling lemongrass lime mint coolerI had my first Sparkling Lemongrass Lime Mint Cooler at a wonderful Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, California called the Asian Rose Cafe. I was so intrigued by sparkling herbal coolers that I began collecting recipes and making them at home.… Read more