White Beans

We’re currently experiencing lots of frozen rain and ice in VA so a big bowl of salty beans is super comforting right now. I had a bag of Great Northern beans in my pantry and wanted to try a recipe from a new cookbook my sister sent me. The beans were cooked with salt pork…

Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

I’ve made this vinaigrette before. It’s oily, acidic and the shallots almost taste like pickled onions. It’s so good. I used the vinaigrette and made myself a dinner salad with Spring Mix, goat cheese, avocado, pepperoni and dried cranberries. So yummy

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

I love to make pizza with my boyfriend. There was a couple of weeks where that’s what all we ate every weekend. Hands down Wegmans carries the best Pizza sauce. Not that terrible canned sauce, but in their pizza section; their sauce is flavorful and well-balanced. So instead of using some of their pre-made dough,…

Cod Cakes with Tomato Sauce

You can find the recipe here as well as some background information. Also that picture is sooo much better than mine. I thought about taking a picture of the entire dish in the pan but some of the cakes fell apart and weren’t as pretty. Enjoy the professionally photographed picture instead! I loved the cod…

Roasted Chicken with Clementines and Arak

I changed 2 things from the original recipe. I didn’t have arak on hand, but I did have Pernod and the authors included that that would be an acceptable spirit to use instead. I also didn’t see clementines when I was shopping at Trader Joe’s, so I picked up mandarins instead since they’re similar in…

Stuffed Onions

So, I wanted to like these so much, but they’re not my taste. I love onions, but I feel like the flavors don’t exacty mess with each other. It was also disappointing since these took hours to prepare and I’m not one that likes to make too finicky of dishes that involve many steps and…

Sake Shioryaki

Salt-grilled Salmon For how simple the preparation of the fish was, just salt and sitting in the fridge for an hour, the fish was super moist. The only big issue was that it needed to be in the oven under the broiler longer than Morimoto had advised to suit our tastes.

Hambagu

Japanese-style Hamburger with Tangy Sauce Please don’t judge my overcooked sear, I took my eyes off the pan a bit too long. But really, this is more like a mini meatloaf with a tangy teriyaki sauce and my American taste buds were satisfied. I served this with white rice and Green Beans with Sesame Dressing…

Nitsuke

Fish Simmered with Sake, Soy Sauce, and Sugar Yum! I’m pretty sure that this was the first time that I’ve had Chilean Sea Bass and I was not disappointed. Morimoto recommended using a fatty white fish fillet such as Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Chilean Sea Bass, or Black Cod. I went with Chilean Sea Bass from…

Kinoko Zaru Soba

Chilled Soba Noodles with Mushrooms This was my first time trying a chilled soba dish. I found out that I’m not the biggest fan of the buckwheat noodles. You’re supposed to pick up the noodles and dip them into the sauce that the mushrooms were simmered in. I ended up just dumping the noodles into…