Parmesan Soup

I first tried this parmesan soup at Chez Nous restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, and was immediately in awe. This is my version, which has since become a go-to soup for dinners at home, and a trusty addition to my entertaining repertoire. The original is served with lardons and garlic croutons. But as I can’t

Refresh Yourself With a Blueberry Shrub

What’s a shrub? Think of it as a vinegar-based fruit syrup that can be used in myriad ways: as a cocktail mixer, as a refreshing cooler with sparkling water, or as a juice concentrate to ramp up the flavor of many dishes. This drink is hundreds of years old and has recently become popular again.

Trio of Chocolate Desserts From France

Chocolate has been used to lift one’s spirits from time immemorial. It is also associated with love and romance. The best comes from Venezuela, where the noble Criollo bean grows. It is to chocolate what Arabica is to coffee. The bean used to make 90 percent of chocolate today, however, is the common Forastero bean.

Stories from China’s Ancient Kitchens

Already by the Spring and Autumn of Chinese history—between 8 and 4 B.C.—the eating habits of the Chinese people were deeply influenced by terminology and etiquette from Confucianism. K’ung Fu Tzu In a classic book from the Confucian school, “Book of Rites,” it states that: “During meals, wine and soup should be placed to the

The Family Table: A Recipe ‘Stained From Cherry Juice and Frequent Use’

Submitted by Charlene Hornick, Eugene, Oregon This cherry cake recipe was written on a 3-by-5-inch card in my mother’s recipe box, stained from cherry juice and frequent use. This is a family favorite, passed from my grandmother to my mother. No one knows the origin. (Courtesy of Charlene Hornick) (Courtesy of Charlene Hornick) It was

Honey-Apple Cake

For Ashkenazi Jews, Rosh Hashanah tables tend to feature one of two desserts: honey cake or apple cake. The former (lekach) is sweetened with honey and flavored with strong coffee and spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. The latter (apfelkuchen) comes chockablock with tender apples that give the cake an extra moist crumb. But really,

The Family Table: Grandpa’s Famous, Fail-Proof Blueberry Pancakes

Submitted by Stephen A. Sands (aka Grampa Steve), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada “Are you going to make your blueberry pancakes, Grandpa?” That’s a familiar question when our family gathers together on Sundays or for special occasions. You might get the impression that the question is only asked at special events, when in fact, it has been requested whenever

How to Make Umeshu, the Spirit of a Japanese Summer

Just as spring slips and summer arrives in Japan, before the mosquitoes swarm and the thick humidity hits in earnest, ume leads the charge into the new season. Ume, Japanese plums, are just as much a part of Japanese art and life as sakura, cherry blossoms. The trees bloom earlier, at the end of winter

How to Make a Classic French Yogurt Cake

Think of yogurt cake as the little black dress of French baking: an easy, everyday staple that always delights and pairs well with just about everything. With a golden exterior and moist, fluffy crumb, it’s the perfect cross between a pound cake and light sponge cake, an ultimate family favorite for any occasion. Why is

How to Make an Upside-Down Cake With (Almost) Any Fruit

Surely everyone is familiar with the classic pineapple upside-down cake, topped with rings of canned pineapple and dotted with neon-red maraschino cherries, all nestled in a brown sugar glaze. What many people don’t know is that nearly any fruit can be subbed in for the pineapple-cherry combo with fresh, delicious results. Read on for our

Goji Berries: A Superfood Handed Down for 2,500 Years

As I grab a handful of goji berries and toss them into the blender filled with fruits and leafy greens, my mom chuckles from across the kitchen. Why the chuckle, dear Mother? To her, it’s slightly amusing that superfoods like goji berries have only started to become widely known in the West, while these berries have

Best Dessert Spots in Singapore to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

  We may be known as a nation of foodies, but our desserts are also not to be belittled. From traditional to modern, here are some of the nine best dessert spots in Singapore! 1. L’eclair Credit: leclairpatisserie @ Instagram Credit: leclairpatisserie @ Instagram L’eclair is Singapore’s first eclair specialty store, and they have some of the

Amazing Thai Food in Singapore That Is Good and Cheap

Thai food has steadily grown in popularity in Singapore, and standards have certainly kept up as well, owing to Singaporeans’ taste for spicy and tangy foods. Here is a round up of some of the best Thai cuisine places there are, at decently affordable prices! 1. Jai Thai In the heart of the industrial area

Pope Jai Thai: Good Food, Good Service, Greater Cause

For many entrepreneurs, conceiving and building a unique business idea from the ground up is not easy. But the restaurant Pope Jai Thai is one of those rare, up-worthy businesses that have stood the test of time. Some might know Pope Jai Thai, as one that serves good food and employs those with special needs.

Best Prawn Noodles in Singapore – Fresh Prawns and Hearty Soup

Prawn noodles are undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes of Singaporean cuisine. While not as famous as chicken rice, nasi lemak or even mee pok, every Singaporean has his/her favourite prawn noodles, and it’s definitely a comfort food for many of us growing up. Despite Singapore’s hot sweltering climate, no one can say no to

Top 10 Restaurants in Perth

Credit: crestaurant @ Instagram As Perth celebrates a diverse population, the city offers a wide selection of mouth-watering cuisines, including Modern Australian, Chinese, Italian and Indian. Here are the top 10 restaurants in Perth that guarantee will satisfy your taste buds while roaming in this peaceful city of southwest coast of Australia.  Friends Restaurant (Australian

9 Irresistible Yummy Nyonya Kuehs and Where To Find them in Singapore

Eye-popping colours, natural pandan fragrance, grated coconut sweetness.. These are the trademarks of Nyonya kueh. Some may wonder, what counts as kueh? Interesting fact is, there is no strict definition of “kueh”, but rather a general term used to describe snacks, which often can refer to cakes, pastries, cookies and other confectioneries. It seems there

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