Recipe for Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

The best roasted potatoes I’ve ever had were served at a restaurant during a family trip to Ireland. It’s no surprise Irish people would know how to cook their potatoes! Ever since, I’ve tried to re-create that perfect blend of soft and steamy on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside. While I don’t … Continue reading

How to Make Japanese Curry (one of my favorite dishes)

Japanese Curry and Rice

  For those who know me well, they know I love to eat rice. Whenever I’m traveling, I need to find rice within 3 days or I shrivel up and die. (Ok, I’m being a little dramatic.) In addition to rice, I love gravy and sauces that resemble gravy. So, when it comes to my … Continue reading

Pizza Night!


I LOVE pizza! I love making it, too. My husband and I like to buy pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. Given that I’ve made pizza dough from scratch and completely failed, starting with pre-made dough puts you a level above going with Boboli without risking a false start. We use marinara or pizza sauce … Continue reading

Pancakes! (Recipe Inside)


When I’m in the mood for fluffy pancakes, I use Alton Brown’s “instant” pancake mix recipe. The recipe enables you to make a bunch of “instant” pancake mix that can be stored up to 3 months if well sealed. I often make the mix from scratch, however, for the exact amount of pancakes I plan … Continue reading

Buttermilk Scone Recipe

Fresh Baked Scones

My favorite tea room and restaurant is a little place on High Street in Oxford, England, called The Rose. They have the BEST scones I’ve ever tasted. The Rose is practically across the street from the house where I lived while studying abroad at Corpus Christi College at Oxford University, and I would visit any … Continue reading

How to Make Pesto

Homemade Pesto Ingredients

The first time I tasted pesto, I was thirteen or fourteen years old and at my friend Sarah’s house for dinner. Her mom cooked  roasted chicken and pesto pasta, and I immediately fell in love. Since that day, I’ve grown to eat pesto on almost anything, including pasta, chicken, salmon, rice, you name it. Interested … Continue reading

How to Poach an Egg

Janine Falvo, chef de cuisine of Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar in Sonoma, California, shows how to poach an egg quickly and without making a mess. I’ve got to try this. Check out the video on