Learning Kitchen: Chicken-Apple Sausage from Scratch – BfD

I find myself wanting to explore making food that we’d normally buy at the grocery – sauces, breads, chips, sausages. And since I definitely need to sharpen my knives before I go slicing into beets and yuca for healthier chips, sausage seemed a likely candidate for an easy weeknight meal. I mean, who doesn’t want […]

Taste of Home: Ginataang Manok with Jade Rice

I’ve been craving Filipino food lately, partially because I miss my parents, and partially because I see dishes I ate in my childhood splashed across videos and blogs everywhere. So I decided to branch out at make something I’ve never made before (and don’t remember tasting), because it’s rare that I see this dish amongst […]

Chef’s Secrets: Soy-Glazed Baked Wings

We’re kind of obsessed with comfort food right now, with the seasons changing and the weather getting chilly. That means, of course, finding ways to indulge without breaking the piggy bank – or the calorie budget. Re-purposing leftovers is one of the smartest ways to eat like royalty on a shoestring budget, and the secret […]

Learning Kitchen: Summer Vegetable Tart

I took some time off from cooking experiments recently, went on a whirlwind weekend trip, and have finally gotten around to being back in the kitchen. A few nights ago, I decided to make something that was vegetarian and light, as I’d had a relatively heavy work at lunch. Enter: the summer vegetable tart. It’s […]

Learning Kitchen: Three Courses from Scratch

Magneto is hell-bent on learning how to do some of the most challenging dishes, as we push each other to become better cooks. This weekend, he went above and beyond with spaghetti carbonara, zucchini bruschetta boats, focaccia, and crème brûlée. I am the luckiest girl.

Learning Kitchen: Ramen 100% from Scratch

There’s something really satisfying about making food from scratch, more so when the food you’re making is also a restaurant favorite. Magneto says the ramen we’ve been eating in restaurants this whole time pale in comparison to last night’s homemade five-protein ramen explosion – and, aside from my not boiling the soft-boiled eggs long enough, […]

Neighborhood Eats: Sake House Miro

I can’t help it. I love our neighborhood and almost everything about it (let’s not talk about the Metro station build). So when Magneto and I wanted a drink and some dinner last night, we knew we’d have just as much fun and eat just as well at someplace walking distance, compared to having to […]

Special Event: LP & EP (& Footloose) – Rooftop Cinema

Screenings of classic movies are becoming quite popular here, especially now that people are moving from the grassy but creepy setting of Hollywood Forever Cemetery and on to airy and inviting rooftop spaces like those in DTLA, Hollywood, and (now) Melrose. This week, Magneto and I went to the Melrose Rooftop Cinema for Kevin Bacon’s breakout […]

Learning Kitchen: Gnocchi

Magneto and I have a pretty good setup for weekend food; he takes the big Saturday meal, and I take Sunday’s. This weekend, Magneto went out on a limb and made something he’d never made before: gnocchi. After shaping and boiling the gnocchi, he sautéed it in butter with sweet peas, then garnished with fresh […]

Learning Kitchen: The Full English Sunday Roast

There are weekends that require sleep, and there are weekends that require a day spent cooking. This weekend absolutely required serious kitchen time, so what better way to occupy myself than cooking a proper Sunday roast? The Brits have a very old tradition of having a rather large meal Sunday evening – some say it […]