Cheese

Salt Air’s Copycat Pea Toasts

Pea toast

Salt Air is a “beach bistro” on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California. The small restaurant has a great vibe, serving up some great dishes; classic and well prepared. Our waitress raved about their pea toast and told us that the…

Heavenly Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread

banana cream cheese cake2

As a cheesecake addict, I couldn’t resist making this custardy looking banana bread I saw on Pinterest. It turned out exactly the way I dreamed that it would. A more moist and sweeter version of the classic banana bread, this banana bread…

Risotto Bake with Shrimp and Kale Pesto

kale pesto risotto

I was doubtful in making an oven baked risotto dish because the risotto does most of the cooking in the oven and not on stovetop, but I was pleasantly surprised by the consistency. I couldn’t tell the difference at all and the rice had…

Party Olive Tapenade Toasts

olive tapenade

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Where did 2014 go? For me, 2014 was a busy and amazing year. I traveled around France, around Japan, celebrated four weddings with close friends, hiked new trails around LA, tried out a few five-star-worthy…

Quick Spinach Tortellini Soup

tortellini soup

Happy Holidays! I’m not quite sure how many days I feasted in a row but maybe it’s time to cleanse. Although I wouldn’t exactly call this tortellini soup a diet cleanse, it is still a lot healthier and a lot…

Cheesy Chicken Chimichanga

chimichanga

I love chimichangas. Chimichangas are basically burritos, filled with meat and vegetables, then deep-fried and topped with cheese and sauce. There’s a debate as to where this Tex-Mex dish originated from, and several restaurants in Tucson, Arizona, are claiming to…

Quick and Easy Bison Risotto

bison risotto

Cold days call for stews, soups and… risotto. This is a quick and easy risotto with bison, garlic, arugula, fresh grana padano cheese, and chicken broth, thickened and made creamier with an egg and some milk. Bison is a great protein to add…

Day at the Apple Orchards

Apple Galette

I went apple-picking for the first time over the weekend and with all the delicious, perfect-looking apples, I made a country apple galette, with fresh apple slices, cinnamon, cheese, honey, and a flaky homemade crust.  Fall is a wonderful time of…