Butternut Squash-Walnut Ravioli

I won’t lie, this recipe takes a lot of work and patience. But it is also a wonderful way to enjoy fall.  Squash and sage, wrapped in warm pasta…with a hint of contrasting texture from the crunchy walnut…perfect on a cool evening.  Roasting the squash is necessary in order to puree it, but it also… Continue reading Butternut Squash-Walnut Ravioli

Toasted Italian Subs with Homemade Bread

After weeks of boring sandwiches consisting only of a thin layer of meat and cheese on dry, boring bread, it was time for a change. The homemade bread and the fresh basil are the most important parts of this sandwich.  Maybe also the banana peppers.  And salami.  Ok, it’s really the combination of all the… Continue reading Toasted Italian Subs with Homemade Bread

Eggplant Couscous

This dish took a different turn than expected, but I believe it became much better than the original. Originally, I was supposed to roast zucchini, onion, and tomatoes and add it to couscous with feta, basil, and lemon.  I’m sure that would have been tasty, but I decided I wanted more roasted eggplant. Then I… Continue reading Eggplant Couscous

Peach Salsa and Fish Tacos

Peach salsa. I finally made it! Too bad the peaches were not quite ripe enough yet.  Otherwise, it was all delicious.  I bought and used a fresh jalapeno pepper for the first time…and even splurged on fresh cilantro.  (The poor college kid in me is still alive and thriving, despite finally being graduated and having… Continue reading Peach Salsa and Fish Tacos

Spring rolls

On the same trip to the Asian market that I gathered supplies for sushi, I also purchased some spring roll wrappers. It is amazing how sturdy, yet flexible these wrappers are!  I expected them to tear and rip open or stick to the plate.  None of the above happened.  Somehow they held in all of… Continue reading Spring rolls

Homemade Sushi: Date Night

A little while ago, when my family came to visit, I enlisted my brother’s help to gather supplies for a surprise for my husband. Since my brother spend a semester abroad in Japan, and has made sushi several times before, I asked him to take me to a local international market to gather supplies so… Continue reading Homemade Sushi: Date Night

Steamed Veggie Quesadilla with Basil Aioli

I tend to have little patience for roasting vegetables.  I love roasted vegetables, but I never seem to be patient enough to get them quiiiite done enough. I have found the solution.  Cover them with aluminum foil, and they will never be too hard again!  If you want crispiness, just remove the aluminum foil before… Continue reading Steamed Veggie Quesadilla with Basil Aioli