Reverse Seared Lamb CHops

As a child lamb was one of my favorite dishes! In fact, my father used to say I had the most expensive taste out of my siblings because while they wanted a hamburger or pasta at restaurants I always singled in on the rack of lamb. My favorite smell in the kitchen is my mom’s…

Paris 1889

I have been on a serious Apéritif and Digestif kick recently! Hopefully I’m not alone in this love affair with these sweet, bitter, and herbaceous liqueurs. They add lots of complexity to a drink even with minimal ingredients. They are however one of those items that are hard to find “substitutes” for when it comes…

Albariño and Lomo Saltado

Peru is famous for Pisco! The national drink is the Pisco Sour a delightful tangy, sweet, and strong mixture. However, Pisco isn’t the easiest spirit to find in your stander grocery store or corner liquor store in the United States. Especially not in the Napa/Sonoma Valley where I currently reside. What is abundant? WINE! SO,…

Lomo Saltado for one

Currently I am trying to fill the void in my heart where solo travel and wonderlust once thrived with cooking a new cultural dish once a week. Shockingly I’ve never been the person who feels the sting of loneliness when they are alone. People have always confused me, and at one point in my life…

Clockwork Sour

Aperitifs are liqueurs drank before a meal to stimulate ones appetite. Don’t you just love the way Europeans think? There are so many ways to introduce pleasure in to ones life even as small as a drink to help increase the pleasure of a meal. Probably one of the most popular aperitifs is the Italian…

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

2 Tbls Olive Oil 1 Larger Sweet Yellow Onion Diced 3 Stalks Celery Diced 2 Large Carrots Diced 3 Large Garlic Cloves Finely Chopped 1 Tbls Salt 1 Tbls Black Pepper 1lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 2 Cups Water 4 Cups Chicken Stock 1 Cup Chicken Bone Broth 4 Bay Leaves 1 Tbls Dried Oregano…

Thyme is Honey

This past week has been filled with many hours spent contemplating a serious life decision. As with many things in life the concern I had was, “will I have enough money to make this decision”? It’s unfortunate that some many decisions in life, for all of us, come down to this question. What’s more unfortunates…

Jamaican Me Thirsty

I discovered a new series on Hulu called Eater’s Guide to the World. Well, new to me since it’s actually been out since November of last year. I loved the first episode, Dining Alone in the Pacific Northwest, because I’m a solitary creature and love to explore food scenes alone. Dining with a partner is…

Desert Rose Martini

I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to Assyrian, Arminian, and Persian food markets! My go to one is an Assyrian market near me, but if I see any of these, I have to go in and look around! A few reasons for going: hummus, giant bags of basmati rice, saffron for an amazing price, the best…

Is it Necessary to Speak French if You Love Wine?

If there was such a thing, I would have been diagnosed with “Dyslexia for Second Languages”. My sister was able to tutor herself in Hebrew so she could understand enough to read old obscure documents. After all, she double majored in Anthropology and Religious Studies. I would consider myself an intelligent individual, but not an…