Truite en Papillote for the Holidays 

With the holidays just around the corner, Hubby and I decided to host a dinner for our friends so we could all spend some quality time together before traveling for the season.

Among my group, we have several pescatarians.  As the designated chef, I decided to make Rachel Khoo’s Truite en Papillote. It was a big hit for both my friends with dietary restrictions and those that could eat anything. It was simple, yet delicious! The preparation was fun as my friends were my sous chefs, and Rachel’s recipe gives you room to be creative.

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A Fun, Fresh Take on a French Classic

Outdoor BBQs and parties are always such fun in the Summer, especially when you have the long weekend!

Hubby and I hosted an intimate gathering with a few close friends for a Pre-4th of July this evening. We decided to do a “French” take on our BBQ, since we all love French food.

We made Rachel Khoo’s “Brochettes au Coq au Vin” (Coq au Vin on Skewers). We knew that my French BFF would shudder and lecture us as to why this was not the Coq au Vin. However, Brochettes au Coq au Vin is a fun, fresh take on the French classic. We have all of the elements of the Coq au Vin, deconstructed on a skewer and revitalized as a red wine dipping sauce.

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A Cold Day Calls for Chicken Katsu!

It’s 10 degrees, here in New York City. But that doesn’t stop Hubby and me from having our Post-Lunar New Year party tonight! With 3 couple friends over, so a party of 8, I like to prepare simple, delicious dishes that everyone can enjoy and are stress-free.

On cold days like this and to please a hungry crowd, I love to make Roy Choi’s Chicken Katsu. It has become my signature dish as I often receive requests (and even demands) from family and friends to make this.  For my party of 8, I doubled the amount of each ingredient and planned additional time to prepare and cook from the recipe. The preparation and cooking are easy, and yet the result is so delicious and impressive.

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Fresh Take on Minestrone Soup

A warm, comforting bowl of soup is perfect on a chilly day for lunch or dinner. Now that it’s finally feels like Winter in New York City, I like to make a large batch soup for Hubby and me to have for the week.

I made Rachel Khoo’s fresh take on Minestreone Soup. Her recipe is very flexible, and you can add whatever you have in your fridge and/or cupboard. It’s also fun and simple to make, especially in advance. It was so delicious, warm and comforting.

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