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November 2012

I’ve had a frozen rabbit in my freezer for a long time. It somehow got blocked by other frozen meats, so for a while I forgot that I even had it. Finally, on a freezer clean-up day, I find a pleasant surprise at the very back of the bottom shelf of my freezer: a frozen […] Read More



Elks taking a stroll along the road into the woods. There were so many of them, I wish I had my regular camera with a zoom. Instead, I just had my phone, so the photo quality is not the best, I couldn’t zoom in close as I wanted to. The elks were not in a […] Read More


My yesterday’s post was about how to make homemade Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk, and today’s recipe is one of the ways to use Dulce de Leche in a dessert: in a peach sandwich cookie. I guess with this post I am officially opening the season of holiday baking on my blog! This […] Read More


I always make my own Dulce de Leche, and it is one of my favorite ingredients to use in dessert recipes. Dulce de Leche is basically a very dense sweetened milk with caramelized sugar. It is usually prepared by heating sweetened condensed milk for many hours until it thickens, and the sugar in the milk […] Read More


Bacon Quiche Tartlets

I love my Williams-Sonoma 6 mini-tartlet pan, and I can’t get enough of it: it’s so convenient to bake individually sized little tarts that look so pretty (both sweet and savory). This tart pan makes 6 mini-tarts, 3 inch diameter each. This is the minimum number of tartlets that I will usually bake at any […] Read More


My favorite pomegranates

I love pomegranate seeds. I love them plain, eating seed by seed as a snack; I love them in my pomegranate martinis. I use them in recipes, and I just plainly love to look at them. Growing up it was my favorite snack when they were in season. My sister and I would usually each […] Read More


Cherry gelatin

I don’t want to post any “heavy” recipes today, the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday, I’ve eaten so much of cornish game hens and blueberry pie, I am not even hungry today at 5:00pm. All I want to eat today is something light and not very rich to detox myself after yesterday’s feast. For instance, this […] Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is what I just cooked 3 hours ago: cornish game hens stuffed with dried-fruit-pecan-fig-apple-prosciutto stuffing, served with green beans and roasted sweet potatoes and apples. NO BIG TURKEY THIS YEAR. Turns out cornish game hens are a great alternative to turkey. In fact, I did not miss turkey at all. I will […] Read More


I haven’t posted a single Thanksgiving-related recipe this season, and what am I posting the night before the Thanksgiving Day? Not a recipe for stuffing, pie, pumpkin soup or potato gratin. No. I am posting a mere salad recipe. A Thanksgiving salad recipe. Who eats salads on Thanksgiving, you might ask? Truth be told, I’ve […] Read More


Painting with light

Have you ever tried painting with light?   It’s fun, and you can create pretty interesting photos.  I used a very basic, small flash light.      Quite an electrifying look, don’t you think […] Read More


Banana bundt cake

Once again, my husband has purchased bananas to eat along with his work-out routine, and once again he’s been forgetting to eat them. Predictably, I was once again left with 3 overly ripe bananas on my hands and one more dilemma in my head. I couldn’t make banana bread because I don’t have a bread […] Read More