Archive for January, 2011

Aromatic Ingredients for A Romantic Meal

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

This week I was craving the best pizza in the world, which happens to be from one of the restaurants I miss back in Los Angeles: Pitfire Pizza. Known as “the burrata pie,” this pizza has burrata cheese, tomato sauce, wild arugula, caramelized onion, hazelnut, and pesto drizzle. If you’re having trouble visualizing this, check this out. I had never tried burrata cheese until I went to Pitfire Pizza, but it is now one of my favorite cheeses (unfortunately it’s hard to find because it’s a fresh cheese). Made from a mixture of mozzarella and cream, burrata is solid on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. You can imagine how popular this cheese is with a name coming from “burro,” the Italian word for “butter.” (more…)


You Eat Your Burrito with Chopsticks?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

…no, not usually, but today I did. Why? Because I can. The result? Mexican-style sushi. I was in a creative mood this week, so I combined what I believe to be the two most delicious gifts brought to this world: Mexican food and sushi.

What was probably the greatest challenge of putting this little creation together was making the brown rice into sushi rice material. Because brown rice is often harder and not as sticky as sushi rice, it is usually avoided at all costs. Luckily my idea to combine melted shredded Mexican cheese with the brown rice made it perfectly sticky for sushi. Brown rice really isn’t a gimmick; it truly surpasses white rice when it comes to nutrition. The oil in the brown rice helps lower cholesterol levels while its high level of manganese helps the body synthesize fatty acids and produce energy. Highly concentrated with fiber, brown rice also significantly reduces the risk of colon cancer. Even better, brown rice fills you up faster, so you won’t be tempted to eat too much of this sushi! (more…)

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Cheese, Please!: A Sandwich for the Hungriest Muenster

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Thank goodness for the three-day weekend! The new year is already starting off a bit hectic, so I was definitely in need of some comfort food (and this week’s recipe certainly hits the spot). With those dreaded 8AM classes, a new menu to memorize at work, and the never-ending search for internships, I was more than happy to have an extra day off to enjoy a comfort food favorite.

This grilled cheese ain’t no ordinary sandwich though. It’s got double the amount of cheese with Muenster cheese in the middle and parmesan-crusted bread that resembles a Monte Cristo sandwich (you know, those sandwiches they serve at the Blue Bayou restaurant inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland). For those of you who have never tried Muenster cheese, it’s a soft and mellow white cheese with an orange rind that is oh-so-perfect for melting! (more…)

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WK Loves Tuna (and so does your heart!)

Friday, January 7th, 2011

It’s the beginning of a new year and a new school quarter, meaning it’s the perfect time to change your diet and begin eating more healthily if you aren’t already. This week’s recipe is all about heart health, and it’s pretty tasty, too! Since sushi (especially anything spicy) is one of my favorite foods to eat when I dine out, I thought a fish recipe would be a good one to try. While  my friend isn’t a huge fan of cooked fish, he really enjoyed this seared Ahi tuna dish for its texture and complementary cilantro sauce. For those of you who can’t stand the taste of fish, you can’t taste it at all (even without the sauce), so fresh Ahi tuna is a good place to start if you want to begin incorporating more fish into your diet. Not only is it healthy, but it’s so easy to make, too. I have ever cooked fish before and I found the searing process to be very simple and quick. Anyone can do it! (more…)

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