Cheese

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…

Plenty: Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad

pasta and fried zucchini

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook has 120 perfected and creative vegetarian recipes. This Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad is one of them. The pasta salad combines pesto (not the traditional kind with cheese and garlic, more of a simple parsley-basil oil pesto), edamame,…

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak

Octopus a la Plancha / Peter Michael Chardonnay

It all started when the President of my company, Steve, recommended the chef’s Michelin-starred and namesake restaurant Michael Mina when I was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. We went and enjoyed the tasting menu, which included the famous Ahi Tuna…