Herbed chicken liver pâté

Until last week, I've paired liver pâté with butter and nothing but butter. Then, on the last day of our Negros vacation, our gracious hostess, Isabel, mentioned liver pâté ... (more)


Mango and avocado salsa

Our mint and basil are thriving but our lime tree has gone on vacation once more and it'll probably be several months before we see fruits again. The juice of the last three ... (more)


Salsa fresca (salsa Mexicana)

As anyone with the tiniest knowledge of Spanish will tell you, "salsa" means sauce. It's a very broad term that includes smooth sauces, chunky sauces, thin sauces and thick ... (more)


Spicy cream cheese dip (or spread)

If I knew who invented or discovered cheese, I'd write an ode to him or her. But cheese is older than recorded history and whoever made the first cheese is unknown. So there ... (more)


Homemade applesauce

A couple of days ago, I made apple cheese cupcakes with streusel topping. Never had a chance to take photos though. They were delicious, I'm sure apple-lover Alex will request ... (more)


Buttered vegetables with soubise sauce

Soubise sauce is a secondary sauce based on Béchamel sauce. Make the basic Béchamel sauce, stir in chopped onion cooked in butter and you have soubise sauce. Some cooks prefer ... (more)


Béchamel sauce

I am not schooled in the art of French cooking. When it comes to food, I'm as Asian as Asian comes, and I was that way until I was an adult. Appreciation for Italian food came ... (more)


Hummus with tahini

Hummus is chickpeas in Arabic. Hummus with tahini is a dip or spread made with chickpea puree, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice and salt, and may or may not include ... (more)


Homemade tahini (sesame seed paste)

Sam's journey toward vegetarianism has been a huge challenge for me as a cook. I'm learning about new ingredients and new ways to prepare ingredients I've tended to ignore in ... (more)