We Love Sushi Soy Much!

We love sushi soy much! Phil and I make it homemade every Valentine’s Day. It’s a fun tradition we have and a delicious way to avoid the busy restaurants on the holiday of Love! One of our first dates many years ago, was hitting a very hip and trendy (back then!) sushi restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. Very “cleverly” named “Sushi on Sunset”! Those were the early days when sushi was hitting the scene and sushi restaurants…

Chicken Parma Aussie Style

On a recent visit to Australia, we were searching for the quintessential local comfort food and discovered a unique Melbourne institution called Mrs. Parma’s. Since we had already feasted on our fair share of fish and chips during our stay, our palates were craving something new. The pub was only a few doors from our hotel, and the sign on the door read “Best Parma in the World.” Needless to say, we had to try it out. But…

Cheesy Smashed Potato Bake

Doesn’t that sound like everything you could want in a side dish? Cheesy Smashed Potato Bake. Now, remember, I am the lazy cook of the group. I’d rather throw a potato in the microwave to bake than to boil potatoes and grate cheese. But the beauty of our dinners is that we get assigned a dish and we have to make it! So we are often outside of our comfort zones; or, at the very least…

Java Almond Fudge Ice Cream

When I was younger, on the weekends, my best friend Gina and I would ride our bikes to the ice cream shop, Baskin- Robbins. Back in the day it was called “Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors”. We called it “31 Flavors”  because, believe it or not, they actually had a menu of 31 flavors! So many to choose from, but for me there was only 1, Jamoca Almond Fudge! A creamy coffee flavored ice cream with ribbons…

Kombucha Whiskey Sour Cocktail

As I was growing up, my parents occasionally made a traditional Lithuanian drink called “gira.” I remember it as a sour, vinegar-like taste, not exactly appealing to young taste buds. However, our parents told us that “gira” was a very healthy drink that would not only give us lots of energy but would also help us grow taller and stronger! As the shortest of all my classmates, I dreamed of one day towering over my…

Savory Shishito Peppers

Oh how I love a quick and healthy snack. Have you ever heard of or tried shishito peppers? They can be sautéed, simmered or grilled; and throughout Japan, even eaten raw. With just 5 ingredients, these sautéed Shishito Peppers with Lemon and Garlic will be on your go to list (and on your table) soon! For several years, they have been on a few menus at restaurants as starters, and have been at the top of my list…

Super Simple Spinach Balls!

I have been making these Super Simple Spinach Balls for many many years! My dear friend Karen gave me a spinach ball recipe way back when and, because the kitchen is my playground, I have taken her original recipe and “kicked it up a notch.” It was an obvious appetizer to serve for our Gr8 dinner with the theme “Gr8 Goes Green.” This is an easy recipe to prepare, freeze and have on hand for those…

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