pasta · vegetables

Lemony Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato Ravioli with Bourbon Brown Butter

My Natural Chef program has turned my fascination with cooking and recipe writing into a full blown obsession. I used to only think about food in my spare time, now my “working” time I’m actually SUPPOSED to be thinking about food. This is awesome. In addition to my own experimentation, I’m learning from some of… Continue reading Lemony Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato Ravioli with Bourbon Brown Butter

Asian · pasta

Herbaceous Soba Noodles with Tender Eggplant and Mango

I’m two weeks into culinary school and I have learned SO much – starting with the discovery that all of my pans and pots are crap and need to be replaced immediately. If you want to get a yummy brown crust on any of your food, nonstick pans will get you nowhere. Oh, and if your… Continue reading Herbaceous Soba Noodles with Tender Eggplant and Mango

bread · dessert

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chunks and Peanut Butter Ribbon

Alright, this is serious. You’re going to want to come up with a reason to go ahead and make this bread. It’s THE moistest, most delicious banana bread I’ve ever made. No butter, no white flour, less sugar than normal and some bonus fiber and protein to boot. I made it for dessert for a small… Continue reading Banana Bread with Chocolate Chunks and Peanut Butter Ribbon

Trips

China’s in China – Bali Courtyard

Overall Beijing seemed less western, less livable with more sky scrapers and larger highways, with less character than Shanghai. The signs of a strict, communist country are very obvious around the government buildings and historic landmarks where police and cameras are everywhere you look. That being said, Bruce took me to an area of single story buildings called Hutongs with a… Continue reading China’s in China – Bali Courtyard

restaurants · Trips

China’s in China – Mercato on the Bund

Now they’ve really done it. Shanghai not only has delicious Chinese food, they have some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. Bruce and I stumbled upon this place after trying to go to four other restaurants that were booked for the night. Part of the problem was that the street we were walking… Continue reading China’s in China – Mercato on the Bund