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…

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…

Potato & Octopus Salad

I remember the first time I tried potato & octopus salad.  It was my first Christmas in Italy, 2008. I couldn’t make it home for the holidays after just having moved three months earlier, and earning a less than desirable paycheck. A friend from Canada hopped on a plane and came to spend Christmas with…

Turkey Noodle Casserole

So Thanksgiving has come and gone, and if you were like me and hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you were probably left with loads of leftovers. My husband certainly had no complaints about that, however I myself can only take so many turkey sandwiches before I’m completely over it ’til next Thanksgiving! I try to…

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…

Butternut Squash Tortellini with Brown Butter Sauce

And once again, Halloween is gone, and with that enters the holiday season.  As fast as the store shelves are emptied and re-stocked with Christmas decor and adornments, in blows the cooler air, mittens and scarves and all that embodies the holiday season. However, having said that, I am not too quick to part ways…