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TikTok Rigatoni Pasta Day 2

TikTok Rigatoni Pasta

May 24, 2021 is TikTok Rigatoni Pasta Day! Who said so? A kid named @jimmyrules32, and it’s become a viral meme — much like Adrian’s Kickback in Huntington Beach. Jimmy is so passionate about this day that he has reminded everyone about it since January 2020! This TikTok Rigatoni Pasta recipe is my homage to …

Croque Madame

This Croque Madame recipe is perfect for a Sunday brunch or special occasion, such as Mother’s Day. Invented in France as a spin on the Croque Monsieur, the dish is made with thick slices of brioche bread, Black Forest Ham, Gruyere Cheese and topped with a fried egg. To add extra indulgence, it’s drizzled with …

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

This Hungarian Mushroom Soup recipe is inspired by a dish I enjoyed at Old Wives Tale in Portland, way back in 2008. I’ve put my own spin on it, of course, complete with garlic-shallot puree and a gremolata topping. I think this is way better than most cream of mushroom soup recipes, and I hope …

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Today we’re making a healthy but delicious Stuffed Zucchini Boats recipe with Balsamic Reduction. This is a great way to use up fresh zucchini you may have in your garden, or simply to add a bit more greens to your diet. I filled these stuffed zucchini boats with a delicious blend of sautéed Italian turkey …

Chocolate Tasting at Home

Chocolate tasting at home is a lot like tasting a fine wine. Each brand and style, whether dark, milk, white or bittersweet, has its own texture (Does it snap? Is it creamy?), and its own scent and subtle flavor nuances.  There is a way to taste chocolate. You need to take a couple of bites, …

Disneyland Totchos | Loaded Tots with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce

Today I’m putting my spin on Disneyland’s Totchos recipe, which we enjoyed a few years ago in the Hollywood Land section of California Adventure. This delicious dish was made with crisp fried tater tots, chili, jalapeños and a creamy cheese sauce. When we got home, I had to make the recipe myself, dressed up with …