Salmon Wrapped in Rice Paper

Confession: This recipe came out of necessity.  I was doing a catering job and I bought too many packages of rice paper.  Then I did some researching and realized that the rice paper could act as an envelope.  Immediately, I thought of the French technique of cooking fish in a parchment paper envelope, (en papillote). And then I thought, wouldn’t it be CRAZY if we could eat the envelope as well?  Enter in salmon wrapped in rice paper.   Read more

Spicy Fish Tostadas

Ever since moving to California, my palate has been craving more and more Mexican food.  Living in New York, I got my fix from a Chipotle down the block.  Now, I have access to a delicious mom and pop Mexican restaurant or stand at every corner.  But I especially have been into fish tacos, with the crunchy cabbage slaw and creamy white sauce.  I wanted to make a twist on this dish by laying the fish on a sturdy tostada mattress.   Read more

Crepe Monsieurs

What in the hey are crepe monsieurs (or crepe misters in English) you might ask?  It’s my made up spin on a classic French croque monsieur.  What is a croque monsieur? It is basically a glorified, yet glorious rich ham filled and cheesy bechamel covered sandwich.  I got the notion to make this from watching one of my new favorite movies, It’s Complicated. Remember that scene where Meryl Streep pulls out a delicious croque monsieur hot out of the oven?  Yum!  I figured that since I blogged about making crepes, I might as well show you how I use them AND satisfy my craving for a deluxe ham and cheese sandwich at the same time.  The best thing about these stuffed crepes is that they taste very identical to the classic croque, yet feel lighter.   Read more

How to Make Crepes

Crepes are one of those things that are really easy to make, but can seem intimidating.  I learned how to make my first crepe in culinary school and I was scared too.  In fact, the first one I ever made was a complete flop and I got discouraged.  But, you have to get past that failure and press on.  And when you do, the 2nd, if not 3rd one will come out perfect, and you’ll feel so proud.  The best part is that there is no special equipment involved.   Read more

Fresh and Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches

I got the idea to combine fresh and roasted vegetables into one delectable don’t-even-miss-the-meat sandwich when working with my former boss.  She made a TV appearance and I had to help prepare the segment by getting together the ingredients for a cooked and raw salad.  I thought the idea was so obvious and yet so inventive!  Yeah, why not combine the cool crunch of juicy fresh veggies with the soft smoky sweetness of roasted ones?   Read more

Grape Tomato Bruschetta

I woke up this morning to Joe suggesting we go to I-HOP for breakfast.  We had a buy one get one free breakfast coupon and we thought we’d treat ourselves for Valentine’s Day.  Yes, this is about as romantic as it gets for us lately, but don’t judge.  We’ve been trying to save money and don’t get to eat out much.  We discussed business briefly over pancakes and waffles and headed back home.  I then went grocery shopping for this week’s worth of blog entries and decided then to put in a little effort and actually cook a special dinner for us too.   Read more