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  • I am a web designer by day and a food enthusiast by night. I'm originally from the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area but moved to the west coast (first Oregon ans now California) three years ago. Prior to that I spent two years in France and Spain. Living in Europe not only made me a much more experimental cook, but also taught me about the importance of improvising in a recipe -- because on most days I could never find all of the ingredients I needed!

    I try to use fresh/seasonal market ingredients when available and I add hot peppers to pretty much everything (so watch out!). I hope you enjoy my recipes and feel free to share.

    Have fun browsing and even more fun cooking!

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Coconut Shrimp

Growing up in Florida, I gained a love for coconut shrimp. It was always a treat to go out and order them as an appetizer (and later in life for happy hour!). I FINALLY got around to making them and they were well worth the...

by admin on September 22nd, 2015
No Comments  Mains, Seafood, Starters, Tapas & Snacks



Tzatziki is a delightfully refreshing snack perfect for sharing at a potluck or even as a topping on a salad. Here is a simple recipe that you can make either chunky or using a food processor to blend it smooth. Ingredients: 1 (8 oz) container...

by admin on November 17th, 2013
No Comments  Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings, Ethnic, Starters, Tapas & Snacks


Butternut Squash Risotto

This is the perfect side dish for fall. The warm creamy risotto blends so well with butternut squash and although it is a bit laborious to make, it is well worth it — it’s the perfect accompaniment for just about anything (and great the next...

by admin on November 9th, 2013
No Comments  Mains, Sides, Starters, Tapas & Snacks, Vegetarian



Ever since first trying ceviche I have been hooked. It is one of my favorite things to order at restaurants but it is also very easy to make your own at home, if you have access to fresh ingredients. Serves: 2 Ingredients: 200 g fresh...

by admin on October 22nd, 2013
No Comments  Ethnic, Mains, Seafood, Starters, Tapas & Snacks



Let’s face it — boring guacamole is, well, just plain boring. This guacamole is loaded with ingredients, giving it a well-rounded mix of flavors. My guacamole has always been a hit at parties and potlucks and people are always asking for the recipe so here...

by admin on October 20th, 2013
No Comments  Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings, Ethnic, Starters, Tapas & Snacks, Vegetarian


Zucchini Fritters

I recently came across this zucchini fritter recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen and I’ve been fantasizing about them all week. The process to make them was a bit tedious but they are delicious and absolutely worth it! Serves: 2 Ingredients: 2 medium zucchini 1 tsp plus...

by admin on August 31st, 2013
No Comments  Breakfast & Brunch, Starters, Tapas & Snacks, Vegetarian


Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

If you’re bored with regular “salads”, try this healthy Asian-inspired sesame cucumber salad instead. It is perfect for a light afternoon snack or as a side dish. Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut into slices 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp...

by admin on August 26th, 2013
No Comments  Salads, Starters, Tapas & Snacks, Vegetarian


Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese Summer Rolls)

I’ve recently started making Gỏi cuốn (literally summer or salad roll) quite often, as it makes a nice and healthy lunch, and I love the hands-on aspect of everybody at the table making their own. I like to pile ingredients on a plate or cutting...

by admin on August 20th, 2013
No Comments  Ethnic, Mains, Salads, Starters, Tapas & Snacks


Grilled Turkey & Bleu Cheese Sliders

Ground turkey meat is often a bit bland compared to the average “hamburger” meat so I spruced it up with some strong bleu cheese in this simple and satisfying slider recipe. Serves: 2 (Yields 8 sliders) Ingredients: 2 lbs ground turkey 1 egg 100 g...

by admin on August 19th, 2013
No Comments  Sandwiches, Starters, Tapas & Snacks



Hummus can be quite rewarding to make for the first time. It may be one of those foods you have eaten for years but never attempted to make, only to later find it is actually quite easy — if you have a food processor or...

by admin on July 29th, 2013
No Comments  Starters, Tapas & Snacks, Vegetarian