• 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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  • How to Make Poulet Vallée d’Auge (Creamy French Chicken with Apples) Recipe

    Poulet Vallée d’Auge (Creamy French Chicken with Apples)

    Tuesday, 20th February 2018Tyler

    Poulet Vallée d’Auge (French chicken with apples) is the official chicken dish of Normandy. Its creamy sauce keeps the chicken moist during the entire cooking process. The flavor speaks of an old-timer dish (that is, a dish that takes a long time to make – something that we Millenials usually avoid due to a world of instantaneity). Truth be told, I know you’ll love this dish because of the rich flavors. Poulet Vallée d’Auge (French chicken with apples) is a simple dish that can be eaten with potatoes, apples, rice, or lettuce leaves. The ways that you can eat this are…

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  • Recipe for Homemade French Onion Soup

    French Onion Soup

    Tuesday, 13th February 2018Tyler

    ‘French onion soup, that sounds wonderful!’ ← One of the first thoughts I had this morning after waking up. Well, I had to fulfill that thought! Right? I mean how often do you get to have the food you first thought of in the morning!?!?!? Hmmm… well, actually thinking about it now when I want pancakes, oatmeal, toast, eggs, etc. in the morning I make it. This has to be the first time I planned my dinner upon waking up! But hey, don’t worry I didn’t spend all day working on the soup. It, in reality, only took a few minutes.…

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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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  • 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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  • Souvlaki

    Tuesday, 5th December 2017Tyler

    Σουβλάκι! That’s right! Souvlaki! Are you ready to Rome the streets of Athens today? (I got a good laugh out of that.) I absolutely love Greek food! Greek food has flavors that really reflect their history. As a kid, probably a lot like you, I was always eager to read Greek mythology. As an undergraduate in physics, I used Greek characters in practically everything I did. By no means does that imply that I’m quite familiar with Greece, but I do love learning about the culture, history, language, and, most importantly for you now, the food. Souvlaki reminds me of dozens…

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