Beef Mechado, Filipino Beef Stew

“Tè?!” she asked, not hiding the disapproval in her voice. My husband and I were on the island of Lipari, one of the Aeolian islands above Sicily. It was the height of summer, the warm Mediterranean water was just a few steps away. In the middle of the afternoon I ordered hot tea. Even the […]

Steak Salad with Mint-Scallion Dressing

  The tart I plan to take to my family’s Easter gathering is now setting in the refrigerator.  There will be plenty of time in the morning for the finishing touches before Easter service then heading to my aunt’s home.  Putting the dessert together was easy–the bulk of my time was spent trying to find […]

Slow Cooker Asian-Style Short Ribs

  I served these short ribs as a secondary dish at this past weekend’s party.  I wanted to offer my guests an alternative in case lasagne didn’t appeal to them.  My inspiration for the recipe that came together here was the excellent version that I tasted at Lisa’s (Authentic Suburban Gourmet).  I was fortunate enough […]

Taste of South America, Part 4: Empanadas de Pino (Chilean Empanadas)

  * This is the long-overdue conclusion of my Taste of South America series.  For parts 1 – 3, please click here, here and here.   What do volcanoes, Middle European architecture, the Eiffel Tower, wild boars and penguins have in common?  Before my South America trip in February, I would never have guessed that […]