What's Going on in the Kitchen

Spiced Apple Hand Pies

Spiced Apple Hand Pies

It’s only fair to share…After living in London for less than a year, my only taste of Mincemeat Pies was right before I was leaving and my friend Kanika brought some over from Mark and Spencer. Nothing fancy but oh my were they delicious and nothing like I expected. I thought Mincemeat Pie […]

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo Rigatoni

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo Rigatoni

It’s only fair to share…I tried my hand on the Spaghetti Pie a few weeks ago. While not a complete success it was delicious. Not to be discouraged by my initial failed attempt at recreating a creative Italian dish, I decided to try it again. This time I used rigatoni noodles […]

Apple Carrot Crunch Muffins

Apple Carrot Crunch Muffins

It’s only fair to share…I was recently asked what is the best flour to buy in China. When I first moved here I would buy 5 lb Gold Medal Flour for a whopping 58RMB (nearly $10!). That’s expensive when you bake as much as I do, but I bit the bullet […]

Barbecue Slow-Cooker Brisket with Macaroni and Cheese

Barbecue Slow-Cooker Brisket with Macaroni and Cheese

It’s only fair to share…My favorite restaurant in Shanghai is Commune Social. It’s one of the many restaurants around the world owned by Chef Jason Atherton from the UK. I was shocked to know that he has a restaurant in shanghai. Not going to Pollen Street Social was one of my big regret about […]

Ancho Chili Mushroom Soup

Ancho Chili Mushroom Soup

It’s only fair to share… Expat life is fun. You get to explore new cultures, try new food and meet new friends. These are the kinds of friends who will stay with you forever, regardless of how many miles are between you or how often you talk on the phone. […]

Loobiya (Lebanese Green Bean and Tomato Stew)

Loobiya (Lebanese Green Bean and Tomato Stew)

It’s only fair to share…We eat Lebanese food at least once a week. Our favorite? Loobiya! Loobiya is a green bean stew with chunks of beef swimming in a tomato sauce. It’s super healthy and flavorful. An easy to make dish, Loobiya is served with Arabic Rice and a side […]

Spiced Apple Syrup

Spiced Apple Syrup

It’s only fair to share…   This was supposed to be a post for Apple Jelly, but the recipe did not quite work out as it should have. In the end the jelly never jelled so I was left with a slightly thick syrup. Being the notorious food hoarder that I am, […]

Baked Cheeseburger Spring Rolls 

Baked Cheeseburger Spring Rolls 

It’s only fair to share…Sorry everyone but no Menu Monday this week. My daughter has a Zumba performance tonight followed by a potluck banquet. It took me a about a minute to figure out what I would bring. My dear friend Faye’s famous Cheeseburger Egg Rolls! Every time she makes […]

Spaghetti and Mini Meatballs Pie

Spaghetti and Mini Meatballs Pie

It’s only fair to share…How often do you make spaghetti? Well if you’re like me and it’s on your menu once a week, I have a special treat for you! Spaghetti is my go to meal when my schedule is tight or I just don’t feel like cooking. Eaten alone […]

Menu Monday: Turkey Barley Soup, Spinach Salad & Applesauce Parfait

Menu Monday: Turkey Barley Soup, Spinach Salad & Applesauce Parfait

It’s only fair to share…MENU MONDAY Starter: Spinach Salad Main Dish: Turkey Barley Soup Dessert: Applesauce Parfait Crunch Raise your hand if you have a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers! From turkey to stuffing to pie my refrigerator doesn’t have a spare inch available right now. But here’s the problem. […]