The Everton

The Everton


One of our favorite breakfast places in Massachusetts was Paul’s Diner. They always had good coffee and the kids used to love the fresh fruit on their pancakes and waffles. For me, I was so hooked to the ‘Everton’ that I never managed to try anything else. There’s something about spinach mixed with feta cheese and when you put it in an Omelette, it just tastes amazing. It is also one of the easiest things to make and quite a regular feature in our house.

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Lamb Tagine with Dates & Nuts

Lamb Tagine with Dates & Nuts


This past summer we visited several cities in Spain and our favorite spot was Granada in Andalusia. The Alhambra was spectacular and the Zambra dancers put up a much better show than the more celebrated Flamenco dancers of Sevilla.

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Cochinita Pibil

Cochinita Pibil


One of the most memorable meals during our trip to the Yucatan region in Mexico a couple of years ago was Cochinita Pibil. Its a traditional dish from that region and is a must eat when visiting that part of Mexico. I don’t have a picture of it from our trip but what you can see in the pic blow (right) is a close cousin of it made with chicken

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Pappardelle with Sausage in Creamy Tomato sauce


Pappardelle with Sausage in a Creamy Tomato Sauce


Once you buy fresh pasta you’ll never go back to dry boxed pasta. It really tastes so much better. The first time we brought some home was from a farmer’s market in Massachusetts. Since we moved to Brooklyn, its much easier to find good & fresh pasta. Russo’s has the best fresh pasta and mozzarella you can buy.

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Walnut & Gorgonzola Ravioli in Creamy White Wine & Garlic Sauce

Ravioli in Creamy White Wine & Garlic Sauce


Ever since we discovered some stores in Brooklyn selling fresh pasta, Wednesday nights in our house have been designated as Pasta nights. Since I made this creamy version, its been the preferred choice on Pasta nights for the kids. It goes perfectly well with Ravioli especially the kind that has some kind of nuts stuffed in them. This one was made with Walnut but the Hazelnut ones are equally delicious. Not only do the wine and cream taste great together, it provides the perfect excuse to finish the remaining wine in the bottle.

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Chicken Tomatillo Tortilla Soup

Tomatillo Tortilla Soup


Ever since the food truck scene exploded in New York, when I was visiting before and now living here, it’s my default choice for lunch. Not only do they serve great food cheap, they’re also extremely creative with their menu. Not sure why, but I also get the feeling that I’m doing community service. Maybe because these guys dont have the financial muscle to pay for rent in this expensive city and yet are fighting to pursue their dreams. It’s like supporting Nepal in a soccer match against Brazil.

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Herbed Grilled Leg of Lamb

Herbed Grilled Leg of Lamb


After 2 failed attempts at growing our own organic vegetable garden, we decided to give up on it and have a small herb garden on the deck instead. We bought small starter plants from the nursery and pretty soon had a fairly healthy collection of fresh herbs. There were a couple of them, like Sage, that we had never bought before so we were pretty excited to cook with it. We had a friend come over for lunch and we had a leg of lamb in the fridge so we decided to make this herbed leg of lamb. You can’t really go wrong with fresh herbs, lemon juice and lamb on the grill…unless you overcook the lamb at which point, unlike Goat, its inedible.

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Mrs. Holguin’s Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana


Let me start by saying that Mrs. Holguin is one of the most wonderful people you can meet. For me she’s a friend, sister and mother all rolled into one.

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Korean Grilled Halibut

Korean Grilled Halibut


Back after almost a 2 month break. Spent 10 days in Spain where we ate a lot of fabulous Spanish food that I’ll blog about soon and then spent a few weeks planning our move to NYC. Looking forward to the multicultural and multicullinary experience that awaits us.

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Korean Sirloin Steak Tips

Korean Grilled Sirloin


After several trips to the Korean restaurants mushrooming in the Boston area, I decided to buy a book on Korean cooking. It provided the perfect introduction to making Korean food at home including Mandu, Kimchi pancakes & Bibimbap. I stocked the pantry with everything that’s typically needed and was trying to figure out what to make. Just then we finalized a camping trip, so Korean barbecue sounded like the perfect thing to try first and enjoy at a campsite. We had some chicken, steak tips, halibut and pork shoulder in the refrigerator. So what ended up in the cooler ready to be grilled? Tandoori chicken, Korean halibut in red pepper paste, Korean sirloin tips and Cochinita Pibil…the rest to be posted soon.

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