Recipes for Us

Alsatian Tart

I was excited for this month’s dinner. Of course, I am always excited for our NHN family dinners, but this month I was particularly looking forward to it. Why? I was making one of my all-time favorite dishes, which includes the mother of all delicious secret ingredients – Crème Fraîche. Crème Fraîche is a wonderful French soured buttercream. While it may sound like Amercian sour cream, it is much more on the creamy side and less on the sour side. And just all-around amazing. I was confident in my meal choice and very confident that Lesley would also find this dish heavenly. Not to mention, the only meat that I would have to cook was bacon, and I can definitely do that. (more…)

Pork Katsu with Tonkatsu Slaw and Tonkatsu Dipping Sauce

The previous owner of my house subscribed to a really great little magazine called SunsetWhen they moved out, they forgot to update the mailing address so now every so often I get this fun magazine in my mailbox. It is a lifestyle magazine with different themes for each subscription, and unlike many other magazines I have seen, they include the best recipes. When I saw a recipe for what looked like an Asian version of schnitzel, one of my favorite childhood foods, I knew I had to try it for our next Nurture Her Nature dinner. (more…)

Spicy Shrimp and Noodle Soup

A good friend cooks lunch for me sometimes. Scratch that, she’s a very good friend. And a good cook! Malaysian, she has several standard recipes that I have never thought to even imagine. She whips them up like it is nothing, and my taste buds sing. One such meal was a soup with shrimp, noodles, veggies, and a hard-boiled egg. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had to have it again. After begging her for the recipe, she just shrugged and said it’s all in the paste (more…)

Moussaka

This month’s dinner also happened to be my birthday dinner, so I made one of my favorite dishes: moussaka. I’d considered making it several times before, mostly after devouring the dish in a local restaurant, but never attempted it. It seemed complicated, and I’m not that secure in my cooking skills. Best to leave such things to the professionals. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted it. So, I tried my hand. (more…)