kitchen concoctions

Confession: I never really liked bananas until I moved into a house that had several banana plants on the property. I always found them a bit dry and starchy, and unless they were soaked in rum and set aflame in a pan (or blended with espresso in a frosty smoothie), I usually passed them up […]

November 24 2015      16 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Growing up, I always ate Thanksgiving dinner with my friends’ families since my own family never celebrated it — not because they weren’t thankful on that day, but because it was never a part of their culture. So when that fourth Thursday rolled around every November, I couldn’t wait to partake in the classic American […]

November 22 2015      29 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

My basil have been going gangbusters in the vintage clawfoot bed. All summer long, the bees have been flitting about the fragrant flowers — dozens of them, to the point where you can hear a collective buzz as you walk by. Moments like these make me wish I had a beehive, because a colony feeding […]

November 3 2015      26 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

Until I started making my own pasta, I always thought homemade pasta required a special pasta maker, a lot of space to hang up curtains of noodles, and a lot of time to devote in the kitchen. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Homemade pasta can be had with the most basic of kitchen implements: […]

December 5 2014      78 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas   Verduras

Around this time of year, as our Indian summer is winding down, there’s always a big burst of chile peppers from the garden. It seems like they know they’re going to sleep soon, so they put their all into producing pods before retreating into dormancy. I wouldn’t say my pepper plants are at the end […]

October 28 2014      32 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Verduras

Once you’ve had a sip of freshly pressed, unfiltered, unsweetened apple cider, the “apple juice” sold in stores just cannot compare. And luckily for those who’ve never tried it, fresh apple cider abounds this time of year. What exactly is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? After all, cider is essentially the juice […]

October 23 2014      20 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

I didn’t make too many donuts this summer… I don’t know why. Maybe the heat is to blame. And the fact that baking always equates to heating up the house even more with the oven. And that baked goods (especially donuts) always, must, go hand in hand with a hot mug of coffee — neither […]

October 10 2014      25 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas