Italian

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

roasted pepper pasta salad

Hello, summer! Summer began on Father’s Day this year. Sure enough, June gloom is over and it’s been getting sunnier and hotter everyday. Summer is a time for cookouts, BBQ, and pool parties. This means that you need to be…

Cherries, Zest, and Ricotta

cherries and ricotta

  The shortest recipe I’ve ever posted! All this recipe requires is your desire to buy some irresistible fresh cherries, one orange and a tub of ricotta. Mix everything except ricotta an hour ahead of time and there you have…

Capellini alla Puttanesca

puttanesca

Oh Pasta Puttanesca. This is basically the Italian version of a kitchen sink pasta, using only pantry items (well, and some fresh parsley for color and flavor). This was actually one of my make-ahead recipes that I put in the…

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…

Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake

lemon cake

I saw this recipe on Sunset magazine and just had to make it, immediately. It’s a moist and crumbly cake made out of both flour and cornmeal. The Meyer lemon slices absorbed the butter and brown sugar from the cake during…

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…