Tomatoes aka ‘Love Apples’

Fully ripe summer tomatoes can be sublime, raw or cooked. Though it is botanically a berry, a subset of fruit, the tomato is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes, because of its savory flavor. HISTORY Native to South America, the first domesticated tomato may have 

Eggplant (Aubergine)

Fragrant and delicate, the eggplant (Solanum melongena) has long been prized for its beauty as well as its unique taste and texture, but did you know that eggplant is botanically not a vegetable but a berry? Also commonly known as nightshade, eggplant is kin to 

Cooking Up a Feast for the Senses

Eating is a full sensory experience. It isn’t just about how a dish tastes—the color, the texture and the smell of the food all play a part in every dining experience. I consider myself lucky. I grew up in a home where my mother cooked 

7 Simple Recipes For Preserving Edible Flowers

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greek and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking — think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food. Adding flowers to your food can be 

From My Heart to Your Belly

Foodbuzz Top Food Blog Challenge #1: What started out as a quest to dine my way around the tastiest restaurants the city has to offer has segued into a passion for innovation and experimentation in my own kitchen. Happily, the palette of my imagination resists all bounds. Trusting my intuition and ingenuity, I am not afraid to pair cinnamon with salmon, caramelized fig with pizza or chocolate with lamb chops.

Blini with Buckwheat

A zakuska is a “little bite” in Russian language and a celebrated element to Russian traditional foods. Best likened to an appetizer or an hors d’oeuvre, a zakuska precedes a meal and might be accompanied by champagne or vodka. For a delicious bite-sized treat this