Author: delishthoughts

linguine with clams

I used to not like clams, only in clam chowder. Yeah weird, makes no sense. But now, I like ordering pasta with clams and decided to try making it at home. I was inspired by the below recipe but did a few things differently. First of all, make sure you clean the clams thoroughly.. you don’t want dirty shells in your pasta! Instead of thinly sliced garlic, I minced garlic and I didn’t use tomatoes. I wanted to make it simple and just used garlic, red pepper flakes, wine, and parsley. I added a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresh taste. I was pretty impressed for my first time cooking with clams. Maybe I should make clam chowder next! 🙂 Recipe for linguine with clams courtesy of: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Linguine-with-Clams-em-Linguine-con-le-Vongole-em-350683 Ingredients: 3 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt 1 pound linguine 12 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 pound New Zealand cockles or 24 Manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 cup dry white wine …

toast with apples, almond butter, honey & thyme

I saw a picture of this toast on Tasty Yummies Instagram and had to make it immediately. It just looked so lovely and yummy. It takes a few minutes to make.. just toast bread and spread a layer of tahini on each slice (I used almond butter instead). Then top with apple slices and drizzle with honey and fresh thyme leaves. It’s a perfect breakfast or even an appetizer. It’s got the best of both worlds- a bit of sweet & savory in one bite. Recipe for apple, tahini toast with honey & thyme courtesy of: http://tasty-yummies.com/2014/09/22/apple-tahini-toast-with-honey-and-thyme/ Ingredients: 4 slices of your favorite bread 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced, I prefer Honeycrisp Apples 2 tablespoons organic tahini, your favorite brand or made yourself 2 tablespoons local raw honey a few sprigs of fresh thyme sea salt, optional Directions: Toast your bread accordingly. Spread a layer of tahini on each slice of toast. Top with apple slices and a drizzle of honey, top with some fresh thyme and a little sprinkle of sea salt, if …

baked chicken milanese with arugula salad + tomatoes

I usually fry my chicken when I make chicken milanese but decided to try baking it instead. Result: just as delicious as frying and the chicken was juicer! Instead of coating the chicken with flour and egg as I usually do to make milanese, I dipped each chicken breast into a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. I felt better about myself knowing that it wasn’t fried (since it’s such a big different right? hehe). I made a simple salad of greens and put on top of the chicken… it was a great combination and was a light & fresh meal! Next time you are craving chicken milanese, try this recipe! 🙂 Recipe for baked chicken milanese with arugula salad & tomatoes courtesy of: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/04/chicken-milanese-with-arugula-and.html Ingredients: For the Salad: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 5 medium ripe tomatoes, diced 1/4 small red onion, sliced thin 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil kosher salt and pepper to taste 6 cups baby arugula For the chicken: 24 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced …

tonight’s dinner: steak & soba stir fry

I love steak. I can eat it anytime, anywhere. Tonight, I ate it at home and in a stir fry and it was GOOD. I’ve made something similar before {https://delishthoughts.com/2014/01/31/my-friday-night-dinner/} but this time, I tried a new recipe from Bon Appetit. I didn’t use almonds & carrots because honestly, I had all the other ingredients at home & didn’t want to go to the market. I was lazy & hungry! 😛 The sauce was so flavorful. And I just realized that I don’t think I ever had steak with noodles but I mean, steak tastes good with anything! 🙂 Recipe for Steak & Soba Stir Fry courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/steak-and-soba-stir-fry Ingredients: 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 8 ounces soba (Japanese-style noodles) or spaghettini Kosher salt 1 tablespoon plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil t 12 ounces skirt or flank steak Freshly ground black pepper 2 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped 4 medium garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger 2 heads baby bok choy, quartered t 1 medium carrot, peeled, thinly sliced on a diagonal 3 …

toast two ways

I love trying different toppings on toast. It’s not just butter and jam on toast now.. there are so many other things you can put. Here are two different ways from Bon Appetit to make toast more interesting and tasty. The first is savory toast with Greek yogurt, radishes & scallions. I like the freshness and crunch from the radishes & scallions. The second is scandi toast with butter, smoked salmon and cucumbers. Smoked salmon is so good and tastes good on anything. If you’re bored with butter & jam, try these recipes! 🙂 Recipes for savory toast and scandi toast courtesy of Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/savory-toast Spread sprouted sourdough or whole wheat toast with Greek yogurt. Top with shaved radishes, sliced scallion, and flaky sea salt. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/scandi-toast Spread pumpernickel toast with salted butter. Top with smoked fish and cucumber coins.

a perfect meal by the pool

I love long weekends especially when I get time to relax by the pool. It’s the best when you lay out and lounge around, and of course eat delicious food! I wanted to make some kind of sandwich and already had shrimp at home so I decided to make shrimp rolls. This recipe is easy and quick- you can also buy cooked shrimp to save time. I liked how fresh the shrimp tasted with the lemon juice & chives. The rolls along with radishes, pineapple slices & beer made for a wonderful meal by the pool. Happy Labor Day- hope everyone had a great weekend! 🙂 Recipe for mini shrimp rolls courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/mini-shrimp-rolls Ingredients: Kosher salt 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled, deveined 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 small celery stalk, peeled, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish Freshly ground black pepper 24 mini soft dinner rolls (each about 1 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch; such …

go here: Commissary

If you haven’t been to Commissary yet, you should go soon. It’s the new restaurant from Roy Choi, located on the second floor at The Line Hotel and it is beautiful! Roy wrote on his Instagram that he was “building a country club for the public” and he delivered. You’re inside a spacious greenhouse, surrounded by plants and the glistening sun. It’s like a magical scene from a movie, like you are in a secret garden. The cocktails are served in big plastic cups, the service is great, and the food is beautifully styled on pretty plates that I want to steal. The food is flavorful and rich, complimented with savory sauces. I have gone twice now and I loved the ambience and food. The restaurant is next to the pool so next time, I plan on laying out for a bit and then enjoying another delicious meal. Well done, Roy Choi! 🙂 grilled corn with parmesan, kochukaru, yellow sauce, red sauce deviled eggs with chives, cayenne, sweet relish, red onion seared scallops with lemon …

spicy cold noodles with kimchi

On a hot summer day, it’s nice to have a bowl of cold noodles to cool you down. This dish is easy to whip up if you’re in the mood for something simple and spicy. You can add as much hot red pepper paste as you want depending on how spicy you want it and you can garnish with whatever you have. I did a simple garnish of perilla leaves on top but you can also add cucumbers, radishes & a hard boiled egg. Recipe for Spicy Cold Noodles with Kimchi courtesy of: http://www.koreanbapsang.com/2011/07/kimchi-bibim-guksu-spicy-cold-noodles.html#.U2fz3lVdWJk Ingredients: 8 – 10 ounces somyeon (somen) noodles 1 cup thinly sliced kimchi (fully fermented) 1/4 cup juice from kimchi (use a little more soy sauce and vinegar if unavailable) 1 tablespoon Korean red chili pepper paste, gochujang (adjust to taste) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon corn syrup (use honey or more sugar if unavailable) 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons rice or apple vinegar 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Optional garnish: 4 perilla leaves, kkaennip, thinly sliced …

my first time making a galette

I was excited to try making my first galette and found this great recipe from Bon Appetit- a galette with swiss chard & mushrooms. Galettes are so pretty especially ones with fruit (that will be my next challenge). So I took the easy/lazy route and bought dough from the market instead of my own. I’ll try making my own dough someday but why make it when it’s ready for you? 🙂 This galette was fun to make. It’s like making a pizza and you can be creative with your toppings. It didn’t turn out as pretty as I wanted it to be but it tasted good! It was savory and the herbs added a fresh touch. Can’t wait to make more galettes! 🙂 Recipe for swiss chard & mushroom galette courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/swiss-chard-and-mushroom-galette Ingredients: WHOLE WHEAT DOUGH 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup (1½ sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar GALETTE 1 cup ricotta Kosher salt and freshly ground black …

simple pasta: garlic spaghetti with herbs

Sometimes the simplest recipes make the best meals. I did my classic google search by typing in ingredients I had at home and found this simple but amazing recipe. You just chop up garlic, basil & spinach and sautee with butter. Add in spaghetti & top off with cheese. It can’t get any simpler than that. Recipe for garlic spaghetti with herbs courtesy of: http://pinchofyum.com/garlic-butter-spaghetti-with-herbs Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 15 mins INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. whole wheat spaghetti 6 tablespoons butter + more for serving 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 large bunch basil, chopped 1 large bunch baby spinach, chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for topping INSTRUCTIONS: Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat the butter together in a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Be careful not to burn or over-brown the garlic because it will taste bitter. Low and slow is the winner here. Chop the spinach and basil (I …