Homemade Fresh Croissants from Scratch

Homemade croissants from scratch!

For my latest project, I decided to tackle homemade croissants.  I thought I would try using a really easy dough, like the Master Bread dough recipe that I posted not too long ago… because when you are making something complex like croissants… the easier you can make all the steps the better.  But I don’t [...]

Mika’s Sesame Teriyaki Chicken

Mika's Japanese Sesame Teriyaki Chicken

This is a quick and easy way to make Teriyaki Chicken – all in one pot, no marinade step required!  In the time it takes you to steam some rice, your chicken will be done (from start to finish) – which makes it an easy weeknight meal. I like to add a little bit of [...]

Fresh Lemon Drop Martini & Limoncello Martini

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This winter, the dwarf lemon tree that I planted in our backyard back in 2009 finally produced lemons!  I had 6 awesome and beautiful lemons… so to celebrate, I decided to turn these into Lemon Drop Martinis.  :)  I’m not so sure why it took so long to fruit… but it finally did.  Funny how [...]

Bolognese Meat Sauce (Ragu alla Bolognese)

Ragu alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce)

Bolognese is a meat based pasta sauce that originates from Bologna, Italy.  In Italy, this sauce is often served with large flat noodles like tagliatelle, pappardelle, or fettuccine… or with tube shapes like rigatoni or penne.  Here in the U.S., “Bolognese” brings to mind a tomato sauce with crumbled ground beef, sometimes with mushrooms, served [...]

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch (One Pot 15 Minute Recipe)

Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

I love Fettuccine Alfredo – I almost always order this when at an Italian restaurant… it’s my favorite pasta dish!  Once, I tried to make it at home with Alfredo sauce from a jar… I even bought a good brand… and it was…. really really horrible.  You just can’t get “real” Alfredo sauce from a [...]

Pear Martini (How to infuse Vodka with fruit)

Infused Vodka Pear Martini

Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at making different cocktails and types of martinis.  While I was browsing the Grey Goose website for recipes, I saw an intriguing recipe for making peartinis.  It called for the addition of pear-flavored vodka, which I didn’t have… but I did have pears, and also plenty of plain vodka! [...]

Master Artisan Bread Recipe and Technique (“5 minute European bread loaf”)

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Long ago, I struggled with making bread – no matter what, the dough wouldn’t rise or something would go wrong – and I would end up with a gummy or yeasty heavy loaf that didn’t turn out.  (Or my hands would get tired kneading and I’d give up too soon.)  I’ve made a lot of [...]

How to make a Gingerbread House from Graham Crackers

Graham Cracker "Gingerbread" Houses

Merry Christmas everyone!  Now that Christmas is almost here… I thought I would post my method for making cute little “Gingerbread Houses” from graham crackers.  I’ve been making these little graham cracker houses since I was a kid – because it is so easy and because you don’t need any specialized ingredients!  All you need [...]

Chicken Parmesan (Chicken Parmigiana)

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is a really easy Italian dish to make for dinner – it works well for a casual family meal… or can make a nice main dish to serve at a dinner party.  (Pair it with a side of pasta and a garden salad.) To bread the chicken, you can use the breadcrumbs of [...]

Roy’s Hawaiian Martini (official recipe)

Roy's Hawaiian Martini

One of my most favorite cocktails is Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian Martini (from Roy’s, a popular upscale Hawaiian fusion restaurant).  It’s a potent cocktail, and at about $12 per glass… somewhat pricey… but considering how good (and strong) it is – you usually only need one!  Roy’s is one of my favorite restaurants down in La [...]