• Peri Peri (Piri Piri) Spices -- Delicious & Wonderful

    Peri Peri Spices

    Friday, 13th March 2020Tyler

    Peri Peri spices are absolutely incredible. I had never heard about them until I moved to the UK. My first week there, all I heard about was this restaurant called Nando’s. Everyone said that it was delicious. A month or two later, I finally made my way over there. You know what? Nando’s (in the UK) is really good. Why? Because of the peri peri spices. Now, the peri peri pepper is not European. While the pepper originates from the Americas, it now grows throughout southeast Africa. The sauce and seasoning, however, is Portuguese. (If you want a mini lesson on this…

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  • Garlic Oil – Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Wednesday, 8th January 2020Tyler

    I’ve never been a huge fan of salad dressings. After living in Italy, I learned to love the simple flavors like extra virgin olive oil with a touch of salt or a simple balsamic glaze. Garlic oil, however, has recently entered into my favorite category. Ever since I visited Pastabilities in Syracuse, NY I’ve just wanted to eat it (see my post on my take on Spicy Hot Tomato Oil). I’ve been making and using it so consistently ever since that you’d be hard-pressed not to find it in my kitchen. Years ago, when visiting olive oil shops in Bitonto,…

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  • Spicy Hot Tomato Oil (Pastabilities Copycat)

    Monday, 18th November 2019Tyler

    Spicy Hot Tomato Oil is one of my favorite foods in Syracuse, New York. When visiting my brother, he and his wife brought me to a restaurant as a welcome. Pastabilities, a modern Italian restaurant, serves delectable pastas and sauces. (To be completely honest, I only sampled the pasta when I was there — the carbonara and lasagna. Though, I like my carbonara and lasagna better 🙂.) I really loved my experience there and look forward to going again! I’m told that the lunch and dinner experiences are very different. And I went for dinner. I’ve never reviewed a restaurant before,…

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  • Pasta with Asparagus

    Monday, 30th April 2018Tyler

    The other day I was staring into my pantry thinking, “what should I make today?” After opening the fridge five or six times and being majorly disappointed that the Keebler elves didn’t visit my fridge, I decided to be creative and create a dish I haven’t had nor seen for some time. I’m that moment it occurred to me Pasta with Asparagus. As a child, I’d help my parents in their garden. More than once they would send me out to grab a vegetable for dinner. I’m not sure about you but I love fresh carrots. But my parents didn’t…

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  • Poulet à la moutarde (French Chicken with Mustard Sauce) Recipe

    Poulet à la Moutarde (French Chicken with Mustard)

    Thursday, 8th February 2018Tyler

    Poulet à la moutarde (French chicken with mustard sauce) is by far one of the most delicious meals I’ve had the privilege to have in the past week. When I first heard about this dish I thought, “More chicken? How can chicken ever get any better than the annual turkey leg (at Thanksgiving)?” And that was when I realized it. Turkey is not chicken. Mind Blown! Haha, just kidding, I’ve always known that turkey and chicken are different birds. Last year I lived on a mountainside (my apartment was really high up the mountain) and during winter wild turkeys would walk…

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  • A French Pissaladiere Recipe

    French Pissaladiere

    Thursday, 18th January 2018Tyler

    Yesterday, my brother got engaged! It was really exciting! He asked me to be chauffeur (he wanted a limo-like ride in my Grandpa Car – 1994 Lincoln Town Car), cameraman, and chef on his special night. All day I practiced a gluten-free version of the Asturian cachopo. Then when the time came for me to pick him up, I quickly did my best to plate the food like a pro and rushed off to his apartment. (On my way I realized that I had forgotten to buy him 12 red roses. The next ten minutes felt like a scene from…

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  • A Spanakorizo Recipe: Easy, Fast, Delicious

    Spanakorizo

    Thursday, 11th January 2018Tyler

    Spanakorizo (Σπανακόρυζο)! Yesterday ate a lot of meat. (It felt like a whole pig. I mean, it obviously it wasn’t, but I was boared with other meats 🙂 – oh yeah, I just did make that joke). Any day is a good day when you start with bacon! Regardless of how much I ate, I decided to change-up my diet for today. What a better way to do that than with a dish that uses no meat at all! But that’s plenty about me, let’s talk about spanakorizo. Spanakorizo You’re about to find out just how easy spanakorizo is to make! Whether you’re vegetarian or like…

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  • Make Fettuccine Alfredo

    Fettuccine Alfredo

    Tuesday, 2nd January 2018Tyler

    Ok, I know what your thinking. I mean, why would an Italian foodie say anything about a dish that isn’t truly Italian? Well, before I say anything at all I really need to type something up (forgive me for this little rant, but I feel fully justified in what I’m about to say). Fettucine Alfredo is an incredibly difficult dish to find in Italy. During the two years I lived in Italy, I couldn’t find a single Italian that had eaten the dish outside of the United States. Fettuccine Alfredo is about as common as spaghetti and meatballs (mind blown). As an…

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  • Basil Pesto (Pesto Genovese) - Step 4 - Basil Pesto in Pasta

    Basil Pesto (Pesto alla Genovese)

    Monday, 1st January 2018Tyler

    Basil pesto or pesto alla Genovese is an incredible way to transform a pasta. I can’t really describe how awesome this is. Let me list the ways that make basil pesto is simply wonderful! Actually just imagine this… You come back from work late (maybe you got back from to work late) and you need to make a quick meal. You realize that you forgot to go to the store, but luckily for you have basil pesto in your fridge/freezer. It’s late and you don’t want to spend the time it will take to cook a full three-course meal, so…

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  • Carbonara - Step 4 - Final Product 2

    Classic Carbonara

    Saturday, 30th December 2017Tyler

    I woke up this morning feeling like bacon. Suffice it to say I was extremely disappointed when I opened my fridge. So, I came up with another plan. This afternoon I ran to the store and bought some. I came back and in minutes whipped together this delicious carbonara. I’ve always considered the carbonara to be a strange dish, wonderfully creamy and bacony but strange. I mean, the dish is practically pasta, cream, eggs, and bacon. There’s not much to it other than that. I don’t even know how it came about. Honestly, I can hardly imagine the original creation. It…

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