Portuguese Azorian Shrimp

It’s been exactly 32 years since I stepped foot on my parents’ native land, the island of Saõ Miguel, in the group of Portuguese islands called the Azores.  I think that may be just a tad too long. Yet somehow, the memories of visiting the islands live on vividly in my memory. Perhaps it’s from…

Broth Fondue

The first time I tried a fondue was way back in 2008.  After having spent my first 3 months in northern Italy, I decided it was time to venture a bit north, across the border, nestled in the foothills of the Alps, to the great land of Switzerland. I loved Switzerland!  It is just as…

Roasted Shellfish

My good friend Stefania, affectionately called Steffy, is a person who I met years ago upon my arrival in Italy.  Since those days back in 2008, our lives have travelled in different directions; Steffy, being nearly a decade younger than me, continued through her post-secondary education in Italy and myself, first continuing my career as…

A 4th of July in Good Company

Yesterday, we endulged our senses and spent a lovely Fourth of July in excellent company, eating and drinking merrily as we chatted and played with our wee ones. Accompanied by their dear friends who have been visiting from England, we passed the holiday with the Heaths, our friends here in New York, eating lunch, visiting…

Garlic Shrimp & Herbed Couscous Salad

Happy July the 4th, y’all! (Do I sound American? hahahaha!) We’re just entering our 6th day of a New York heat wave, and with that comes activities and meals which don’t just compliment the outrageous weather but actually serve as coping mechanisms.  Multiple trips to the neighborhood splash pad, cool, breathable clothing and low-maintenance, little…

Pita Pizzas

So, it’s been a while. One has the best of intentions to maintain, sustain a project; then life somehow gets in the way. After having spent 10 days in Europe for our family holiday, returning and hosting one of my best girlfriends chez moi for a weekend and preparing and hosting my daughter’s 4th birthday…

Enchiladas

When a friend suggests having a mom’s night out (or in this case, a Mexican mom’s night IN), you go! An opportunity to exchange stories, tell jokes all the while, eating tasty treats and drinking yummy cocktails is always a welcome event. Moms lead busy lives. Some wake up and go to work all day,…

Mary’s Pizza

Last weekend, we were honored to have been invited to the home of one of my husband’s colleagues, a successful fashion designer living in New Jersey.  We gladly accepted and were eagerly looking forward to a welcome escape from the hustle & bustle of the city, and the opportunity to get to know this lovely…

Summer Spring Rolls

Time: 30 minutes I may be jumping the gun a bit by preparing a recipe categorized as “summer”, but hey, here in New York, the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and the smell of summer is in the air.  However, in my opinion, a recipe as such could very well be prepared any…

Asian Chicken & Vegetables over Rice

Welcome to the first day of my new 30 Minutes or Less meal blog! Yay! I am beyond excited about the new direction that this blog is taking, not only because a 30 minute meal is exactly what I need, but as I speak to people and explain to them what I am going to…