Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Salad with Honey, Mint and Brandy Syrup

Hosting a dinner party is a bit of a challenge for me.  That’s because I usually like to make everything myself – from the appetizers to dessert! Recently, we hosted a dinner party with two of our guests who are gluten intolerant.  I came up with the appetizers, first course and main course just fine.… Continue reading Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Salad with Honey, Mint and Brandy Syrup

Strawberry Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberries

I remember the first time I had strawberries.  I was 9 years old and my brother was 7.  My mom, brother and I went on a family trip to a province in the northern part of the Philippines.  The city we visited is called Baguio.  Baguio  is the summer capital of the Philippines because of… Continue reading Strawberry Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberries

Baked Plantains with Brown Sugar Glaze

  Recently, we went on a much needed vacation to the Dominican Republic.  We stayed in a nice resort in a quiet little town and it was seven days of bliss for us! Interestingly, at the resort we stayed at, they served plantains three times a day, everyday! We found out later on that plantain is a… Continue reading Baked Plantains with Brown Sugar Glaze

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I found this recipe from foodnessgracious.com and I have to say this recipe is a definite keeper! Thanks Gerry! This cake is real simple to make, requires ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry and the end result, well the end result is excellent! Okay, if I have to be honest, the first… Continue reading Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)

We tend to eat salads for lunch during the week to make up for all the rich foods we end up eating on the weekends! And recently, I’ve been switching from cobb to Greek salads for our lunches.   Arkadi, being the good husband that he is, gladly eats whatever I serve him.  As for… Continue reading Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)

Torte “Mashenka” (Russian Cake)

I invited my in-laws over one night for tea and dessert and I thought to myself, I will make something Russian, something they are familiar with.  So I found myself a recipe for this cake and I asked Arkadi if he’s ever had this cake called “torte mashenka” and he said no, he’s never heard… Continue reading Torte “Mashenka” (Russian Cake)

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies

  Whoopie pies – a delightful treat with a very strange name! So, apparently, the story goes like this:  Amish women used to bake them and put them in farmers’ lunch pails as a treat  and when the farmers find them, they would yell out : “Whoopie!”  So there you have it, that’s the story… Continue reading Irish Cream Whoopie Pies