Asian Cuisine · Soups & Salads

Carrot Soup with Miso and Ginger

I bought a 5 lb bag of baby carrots cleverly fooling myself that I’d munch on carrots instead of candy when the post-lunch sugar munchies kicked in. When lunch rolled by, I dutifully ate the carrots and then proceeded to dream about the candy corn and gummy bears waiting for me in the cubicle next… Continue reading Carrot Soup with Miso and Ginger

European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Mediterreanean Cuisine · Seafood · Soups & Salads

Bacalao en salsa verde (Spanish cod with peas and parsley)

Is it possible to have too much food? Spain is the first country where I actually did not want to eat anymore. Every night we spent eating amazing beef, octopus, artichoke, paella, fideua, and sausage dishes. But here is the catch: where Americans have the appetizer, main entree, and dessert for a “complete” meal, the… Continue reading Bacalao en salsa verde (Spanish cod with peas and parsley)

European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Soups & Salads

Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan kale and polenta stew)

Going to Italy made me realize that I possessed the Italian food vocabulary of a *sigh* stereotypical “American in Italy.” I could barely decipher words when ordering at a restaurant and it irritated me so much that I’ve decided to cook my way until I’m fluent in Italian food words. Case in point, if you… Continue reading Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan kale and polenta stew)

Soups & Salads

Turkey Tortilla Soup

While my freezer is currently filled with delicious sugary baked yumminess,  it has a dark side. Once you push aside the pumpkin cheesecakes, chocolate cake, thick-cut hickory smoked bacon, and t-bone steaks, there lies something more sinister:  animal and seafood carcasses.  Clam shells, remnants of chicken bones from multiple rotisserie chickens, shrimp shells, and beef… Continue reading Turkey Tortilla Soup

Mexican & South American Cuisine · Mexican Cuisine · Pork · Soups & Salads

Mexican-Style Pork and Hominy Stew (Pozole)

  2.5 days later… and still eating the same thing. Despite my love of cooking and consuming massive quantities of food, sometimes it gets to be a bit too much. Afterall, if I’m just feeding me but cooking really for 8 people, I can get through 2 days of eating the same thing for breakfast,… Continue reading Mexican-Style Pork and Hominy Stew (Pozole)