The first Dish of the Week for the year has to be extra special, and it is: the tuna tartare from UNI. It is exceptional, made with the freshest tuna but also mortadella (yes,...

January 29, 2018

Chocolate Birthday Cake

I've been making my own birthday cake for several years now, and each year I tend to think I've outdone myself. But this really might be the year. This is the year of Chocolate...

January 15, 2018

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Adobo is the most Filipino of all foods. It’s the unofficial national dish of the Philippines, so ingrained in our culture, that just the thought of the fragrant stew can make any Filipino think...

December 30, 2017

2017 Best Moments

Here we are again: at the end of another year, reflecting on the best and worst times, and poised to leap forward. For those of you who know me personally and for long-time readers...

Portland, Maine is one of my favorite summer destinations in New England, but last weekend, Matt and I took a trip there and enjoyed the city in its winter wonderland glory. Food & Wine...

Think buttery graham cracker crust, velvety chocolate filling, fluffy espresso and Kahlua mascarpone whipped cream, finished with a generous sprinkling of smoked sea salt. It's perfection.

November 27, 2017

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These are gluten-free peanut butter cookies with some brown rice crisps for added texture, and mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups for added flavor and instant cuteness.

November 13, 2017

Pecan Pie Eggnog Truffles

The end result are little decadent bites that taste like a cross between chocolate pecan pie and butter pecan ice cream, downed with a glass of smooth eggnog.

Kouign amman (pronounced queen-ah-man) is a French pastry, buttery and flaky like a croissant, with a slightly crunchier and caramelized exterior. I was in San Francisco for a few days and my friends were...

October 20, 2017

What to Pair with Eggnog

Did you know that I grew up celebrating Christmas for three months? That’s right, three months. The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world, with Christmas songs and decors and lights and...