October 18, 2019

Originally I wanted to call this corn bread cheese cornbread, but I know that is misleading. I never use real cheese in my recipes and I would be lying if it tastes exactly like the real thing. So over the years I have tried not to call recipes by their inspiration, an...

August 27, 2019

Ok, let me be frank, I use the word tapenade very loosely here. Usually tapenade is made with black olives and capers, and processed into a smooth paste with olive oil. I leave this one much chunkier, add garlic, chili, and herbs, and most importantly - I used green ol...

August 6, 2019

This little appetizer is great for when you are hosting a dinner or when you want to bring something along to a BBQ. It's a total crowd pleaser, tastes delicious, and is super easy and quick to whip up. You can use any round chili peppers you can find. I like these che...

July 30, 2019

Summer is BBQ season for us, and it is like a ritual to Arman. He uses charcoal, which means it is a process to get the thing to light up and get it hot enough. Every weekend he stands in the garden, and makes fire. And now Baby Zand is getting so excited about being t...

April 23, 2019

Ok, Thai and quinoa in one recipe doesn't seem very traditional. It's not. But it is the coolest creation by one of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area: Daughter Thai in Mont Clair. I have to say, having lived in Thailand for 3 years, I have become somewhat of...

April 9, 2019

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I came back from our holiday with hives all over my body. I am not sure if it was stress, jetlag, sleep deprivation, pollution, exposure to other chemicals or pesticides or whatever else. Either way, I have been scratching m...

March 12, 2019

Tamarind is a very sour, tropical fruit that grows in little pods, and is used in cooking all around the world. It can be used for both savory dishes such as chutneys and pickling, and sweet dishes such as drinks and desserts. The most amazing fact about tamarind is th...

March 5, 2019

I have been down for almost a week with a pinched nerve in my back, barely able to move, let alone stand in the kitchen to cook food. So it's been smoothies and blended soups here to keep us going. And in the meantime, I am rolling on foam rollers, balls, and massaging...

February 19, 2019

All I want at the moment is creamy comfort food that brings a little heat. Thai food can be quite cooling because it is hot in Thailand, and you want freshness from your meals. But when you combine the heat of chili and ginger with the freshness of lime and the density...

September 4, 2018

Summer isn't officially over yet - there are still a couple of weeks left - but honestly with the start of Baby Zand's school today I feel like we have entered fall. Our swimming days are over, and I have just unpacked fall clothes and boots from the storage....

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