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  • Empanadas de Pato a la Huancaina: Duck Empanadas with a Spicy Peruvian SauceLast Friday I had two dear friends over for dinner. As Emily, Laura and I love Spanish, travel and good food, I thought it fitting to prepare empanadas for dinner. I'd recently purchased aji amarillo paste and was excited to try it out. Aji de gal...
  • Rincon LimeƱo: A Bit of Peru in East Boston
    on Nov 12, 2010
    For one of my nurse practitioner clinical sites, I am in East Boston. Originally made up of five islands, East Boston was created when Bostonians filled in the spaces between the islands to form one large neighborhood. Eventually the island was conn...
  • Myung Dong 1st AveThis past Saturday I finally checked out Myung Dong 1st Ave, a Korean restaurant that opened last year in Allston. The BF was in town (he is in NYC now for work) and we made plans to meet up with a dear friend of mine, Tali, and her boyfriend Brian.
  • Boston Happy Hours
    on Apr 6, 2010 in deals boston happy hour Cheap
    One of the things that I love about leaving Boston is finding a good happy hour deal. For some reason, back in the day, someone decided that outlawing discounted drinks would keep Bostonians proper (they also made parties hosted by a household of wo...
  • Travel and Babies and Life, Oh My!
    on Mar 23, 2010
    BABIES! So this semester at school has been uber-busy and uber-exciting. I am just finishing up my pediatrics and maternity rotations. What is is about babies that make every woman a baby-loving, clock-ticking crazy lady? I find it impossible to...
  • A Few of My Favorite Things: Clear Flour Bread Bakery
    on Mar 19, 2010
    My first installment of "A Few of My Favorite Things" is a place near and dear to me. Clear Flour Bread is located just out of Coolidge Corner and has a stand at the Coolidge Farmer's Market during the summer/fall months. While I have tried a numbe...
  • Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa and Arrabbiata
    on Mar 13, 2010 in Italian bertolli pasta sauce
    Last week, as part of Foodbuzz's Tastemaker program, I received 2 new complimentary Bertolli sauces, Arrabbiata and Four Cheese Rosa. The sauce's were packaged in a fancy schmancy black box that evokes a high end liquor container.I had recently disc...
  • Quinoa with Charred Vegetables and Queso FrescoSome days the sun just seems to shine brighter-you know, the days where everything seems to go your way, you fit into your skinny jeans and your heart seems to swell with happiness. Last Saturday was one of those days for me. I was in the midst of...
  • True ThaiWhile in Minnesota for my friend Bethany's wedding (congrats Beth & Tony!) I met up with some friends for dinner. My mother's friend Nancy is a nurse, and one of her coworkers happens to own a Thai restaurant-she pretty much is living my dream! N...
  • Rosemary, Parmesan and Cracked Pepper CrackersI don't know why I do not make crackers all of the time. They are ridiculously cheap and easy to make, taste way better than the store bought kind and are totally fun for a get together, holiday or otherwise. Flour, water, olive oil and salt make u...
  • Carne MechadaCarne Mechada is a kinder, more easygoing relative of Ropa Vieja. Less ingredients equate less chopping and less active cooking time. I love this dish. Tender, shredded beef, sauteed red bell pepper and smoky paprika make my mouth water before sin...
  • I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Hot Chocolate
    on Dec 10, 2009 in drinks Chocolate hot cocoa Christmas
    My parents bought me an amazing milk frother in Italy this fall (for those who don't have parents in Italy to buy them a frother, see the end of this post). As a result, I have become a highly caffeinated version of myself-and those who know me, know...
  • Chacarero
    on Dec 4, 2009 in Sandwich Latin lunch chilean
    Green beans on a sandwich? When my friend Laura first told me about Chacarero, I was a wee bit skeptical that it would taste good-in fact I think I wrinkled my nose and tried not to voice my disbelief. (I am not very good at hiding what I think...I m...
  • Marinated OlivesSo the holidays are coming...very soon! These olives are simple to make and you can customize them according to your tastes. They make a very nice "thank you" gift for the teacher/employer/person you appreciate, and are the perfect snack to put out f...
  • Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: O Ya: Haute Japanese CuisineSome people in life simply eat to live. Others live to eat. Diners at O Ya definitely fit the latter category. Nestled into a former fire station, this Japanese gem has shook up the dining scene in Boston. Frank Bruni's reviewed O Ya as the NYTimes's...
  • Leftover Turkey, Cranberries and Cheese Panini
    on Nov 27, 2009
    I hope that your Thanksgivings went smoothly, tasted delicious and were joyous. Mine went fairly well...mole sauce turned out pretty amazing...if I say so myself (which I do), turkey looks really dark but that is just a little mole, desserts were lo...
  • Pumpkin MousseFor Pumpkin Mousse:2 cups roasted pumpkin1/2 cup maple syrup 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ginger1 envelope Knox gelatin1 cup whipping cream1/4 cup sour creamPulse pumpkin flesh in blender with maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. Sprinkle gelati...
  • Cranberry-Applesauce with Candied Ginger
    on Nov 23, 2009 in cranberries Thanksgiving ginger Apple
    For Cran-Applesauce:1 12 oz bag cranberries1 lb apples, cored, peeled and chopped1 cup sugar (taste, and add more if necessary)1 cup apple cider2 teaspoons grated lemon peel1 cinnamon stick1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) minced crystallized gingerCombine ap...
  • Mashed Sweet PotatoesFor Mashed Sweet Potatoes:4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks1/4 cup evaporated skim milk1/4 cup low sodium chicken stock1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)1/8 teaspoon cinnamon Pepper to tasteCook sweet potatoes in boiling wat...
  • Turkey with Cashew-Mole Sauce
    on Nov 21, 2009 in mole mexican Turkey Thanksgiving spicy
    This mole sauce takes a bit of effort, but it can be made a few days ahead, on Monday, if you are making it for Thanksgiving. If you cannot eat nuts or prefer to leave them out, that's okay-mole sauce varies by each cook's personal preferences and b...
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