Dolores’s Egg and Olive Sandwiches

Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, I discovered I liked two things; egg salad and green olives.* Furthermore, I learned that I liked them combined. This epiphany -after twenty something years of thinking that I despised both things- came at the table of my mother-in-law, Dolores. * I found egg salad gloppy and rich [Read On]

Pickled Ginger (Gari)

I love sushi. I love it so much. I love everything about it. The fish, the rice, the nori, the little wad of wasabi, but as much as I love all of that, I love the pickled ginger, or gari, even more. Oh, pickled ginger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. [Read On]

Salt Potatoes

Today, I am a mind reader. I am going to predict the reaction of all readers outside the Western New York region (or those who have never lived or visited here.) “Wow. Boiled potatoes with butter. Big deal.” I must tell you gently that you’re wrong. Wrongity wrong wrong WRONG wrong. These are no mere [Read On]

Sriracha Crab Rangoons or Crab Rangoon Dip

This is the last of my Rule of Three deep-frying posts. Look for more hat tricks of deep-fried recipes in the future! Yes, I crabbed (heh) about these rangoons two posts ago, but I tell you this honestly and truly… Every single one of these was devoured. The children wanted more. The husband wanted more. [Read On]

Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

It’s time for the wearin o’ the spuds. ‘Tis the season to bust out your best potato recipes and act like you have deep Irish tuber roots for a week or two. Step away from the green food coloring. Do something really Irish and turn out a hearty, lovely, soul-soothing meal. Read a little poetry*. [Read On]

Roesti (Swiss Crispy Potato Pancake)

This post is, in part, a reprint of my column that ran in the Record-Eagle on Thursday. What is it about sledding hills that brings out the Evel Knievel in children? My boys -who have a rather nicely developed sense of self-preservation- become more than just a little reckless when you stand them at the [Read On]

Tuna Filled Avocado Salad

Welcome to my favorite lunch of all time. In the dog days of summer, I eat this at least two times a week. It throws together in a trice* and fills me up without weighing me down.  In the winter, I eat this as a way to stave off the cold-weather blahs. *Trice. Did I [Read On]

Jangsanjeok | Korean Simmered Teriyaki Style Beef Patties

I got goodies in the mail this week. Score!  It was a massive package of unexpected food-related goodies from my brother and his wife in Korea. Hat trick! In this magical box, Nate and Sun Hwa packed ramen, Korean coffee, laver, spicy tuna and a fantastic Korean foods cookbook. I promise I will cook my [Read On]