Haricots Verts w/ Balsamic, Peppers & Onion

Haricots Verts w/ Balsamic, Peppers & Onion

Last weekend we were invited to a Passover hosted by my uncle's sister.  My family is always requested to bring a vegetable side dish since everyone assumes that I will be the one cooking, and therefore will not present with something bland and overcooked.  Since my mom knows that I sometimes get annoyed when we have too many potlucks and too many assumptions that I will semi-cater them, she's taken to picking out recipes, buying the ingredients....and then waiting to see if I'll just make the dish.  

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Cauliflower w/ Pomegranate Molasses, Pine Nuts & Mint

Cauliflower w/ Pomegranate Molasses, Pine Nuts & Mint

I was skyping with a good friend of mine the other week since she now lives in Dubai. Aside from being one of the most fun people I have ever known and someone I owe my most worth-it hangovers to, she and I can blab about food industry stuff for hours.

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Pan-Fried Almond-Crusted Chicken Breasts

Pan-Fried Almond-Crusted Chicken Breasts

There comes a time in every woman and man's life when a piece of breaded chicken is an absolute necessity. It's one dish that never fails on flavor and moisture, and is a spot-hitter every time. For one of my clients, it's been every other Thursday for two months now. I make sure to pair this with tons of leafy green salads, since fried cutlets doesn't exactly make this a lean white meat. Almonds however, do add some nutritional gain over the often used all-purpose flour or bread crumbs situation. The mellow nuttiness crust of this also makes me prefer this version over the rest.

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Grapefruit-Honey Mojito & 2 years on the webs!

Grapefruit-Honey Mojito & 2 years on the webs!

I have a lot I'd like to say about my last fifteen days of absence, but much of which are updates on mundane life tasks that would induce blog-reading narcolepsy.

Lots of work, more than usual. Dreaded tax prep, again. I was away in NYC a couple of weekends ago, and am off to San Francisco this weekend...some business, mostly fun. Honestly, I'm in one of those life phases that just seems to blur the dawns and dusks. But all is good. Hard to believe I've had this blog for two years already as well. Yay!

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Miso Black Cod (just like Nobu)

Miso Black Cod (just like Nobu)

I had every intention of posting this while in NYC this past week, but clearly that didn't happen. I even lugged my laptop all the way with me, in addition to half a suitcase dedicated to the blizzard that never happened. I also made a promise to not be that person who flies in from L.A. and says obnoxious sentences like, "we've really had an especially warm winter this year, way more perfect than normal", and instead just made it a point to tell my friends how sympathetic I am for their tortured existence.

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Clumpy Maple Strawberry Granola

Clumpy Maple Strawberry Granola

I think of granola the same way I think of grocery store lemonade, mint n' chip ice cream and guacamole: there is absolutely no comparison to the real deal. It's not a matter of food snobbery or being an OMGfoodie (store bought hummus rocks my life), but the fact that if you give your friend a sample of homemade vs. store bought, the taste, flavor and quality of homemade would be instantaneously recognized.

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10 Current Culinary Trends I'm Diggin'

10 Current Culinary Trends I'm Diggin'

1. Slow Cookers

You may have noticed I've posted a few slow cooker recipes in the past couple of months. Many dishes shouldn't be cooked this way, but stews/soups/braises can work especially well. If slow cookers can promote more homemade meals for the working people, then I'm all for them.

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