A Trip to Los Cabos, Mexico (and Mango, Jicama & Corn Salad)

  My first real trip (and last) to Mexico was in 2006.  After celebrating the wedding of good friends in Ireland, my husband and I flew home and stayed just long enough, about 36 hours, to unpack, do the laundry, pack again and take off for warmer weather.  We reconnected with our just-married friends south […]

Sautéed Baby Artichokes

  Fueled by a burst of summertime energy, I’ve been feeling quite productive at home and work and was looking forward to clearing many more items from my to-do list this week.  But plans changed abruptly Saturday morning and I have to say that it was for the better.     We decided to join […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

  This is a far cry from the recipe I used for years.  I was so picky, you see.  My hummus had to have just the right amount of tahini paste–too much or too little, it wouldn’t be good enough for me.  I was also somewhat of a hummus purist.  For me, there was no […]

Stir-Fried String Beans

  On busy weeknights when I want dinner on the table in less than half an hour, vegetable stir-fries become the default meal.  Brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplants and asparagus are the usual choices but I’ve added a new vegetable to rotation recently–string beans (also known as Chinese long beans).  They are not exactly new to […]

Vegetable Frittata

  I’ve always considered eggs to be one of the best comfort foods.  Whether poached, soft-boiled, fried and layered on toast or in an egg salad,  they never fail to satisfy–breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Frittatas come in handy for incorporating leftover meats and vegetables–the version I grew up with, Filipino torta, was often filled with leftover cooked […]

Caprese Tart

  Though I had already spent part of my morning working out at the gym, I looked forward to meeting two of my girlfriends for a walk later in the day.  It had been months since the last time; the longer days means the return of our routine of meeting once or twice a week, […]

Chinese Chili Sauce

  It is an ongoing joke in my family how out of control my father can be when it comes to picking up unusual items at the Asian market (oddly-flavored drinks, chips, crackers, condiments).  Where my mother will come home bearing only the items she put on her list when shopping alone, excursions with my […]

Peppery Spring Salad

  It was going to be a lunch for one.  Because I decided to pop in to the office for an hour or two to finish some work (I don’t normally work Thursdays), my husband spent the bulk of the day with one of his buddies.  By the time  my weekend officially started at 1 […]