Mushroom Quesadilla & Succotash

When I was just thirteen years old, I had my first job.  I was a dishwasher for Sunday brunch at this cute little restaurant in my hometown of Strathroy, Ontario, Canada.  At the time, it was called Michelle’s, after its owner, but now you can find it as The Clock Tower Inn. It was a…

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…

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,…

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…

Mini Enchilada Bowls

We recently returned from a trip to the west coast, Santa Monica, California to be exact, where my husband was brought for work, and we were fortunate enough to tag along.  When one thinks of California, they may think of sandy beaches, golden sunshine and warmer temperatures. So you can imagine how we felt when…

The Sushito aka The Sushi Burrito

When it comes to challenges in the kitchen, there isn’t much that I won’t attempt. I may fail, and the good Lord knows I do, but I keep on trying.  When it comes to sushi, I have definitely met my match. It has got to be my single-most favorite style of cuisine, however it is…