Month: May 2016

BBQs + Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch

BBQs + Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch

It’s memorial day weekend, which means lots of BBQ, a big jug of punch, an epic cookout…and possibly fireworks. A solid recipe for a great time at the Manganini residence. Now about that punch. As per usual, I’ve been assigned punch duty. Not that I’m […]

HMart: Adventures in a Korean Grocery Store

HMart: Adventures in a Korean Grocery Store

This past Sunday Donald and I went to one of my favorite places in the city: HMart!  This huge Korean grocery store is right in the middle of Central Square in Boston (by MIT).  We walked there from our apartment in about 40 minutes – […]

American Farmhouse Saison: Part Deux

American Farmhouse Saison: Part Deux

Remember when Donald (head brewer) and I (the assistant) brewed that farmhouse saison months ago? We’ll it has FINALLY reached final gravity (about 1.01), and we racked it into secondary. It wasn’t that easy. Saison yeast likes warmer temperatures, around 80 degrees, much like myself. […]

Kimchi: Korean spicy pickled cabbage recipe

Kimchi: Korean spicy pickled cabbage recipe

A little over two years ago, Donald introduced me to Kimchi. It’s a Korean staple food, but I hadn’t really given it a shot.  He told me about how he had tried to make it and failed, so naturally, I accepted the challenge and set […]

Top 5 Cooking Shows for Kitchen Inspiration

Top 5 Cooking Shows for Kitchen Inspiration

Discovering new cooking techniques and recipes can be difficult. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience or time, or I just don’t know where to start.  It can be tempting to keep making the same meals again and again – it’s just muscle memory!  But […]

Make your own Organic Yogurt

Make your own Organic Yogurt

Yogurt prices are bananas. Store brand yogurt? 2.49 Oh you want brand name yogurt? 3.99 Make that organic. $5.49 Greek? $6.49 Organic Greek? Just fork over your wallet and your left kidney. I have yogurt everyday at work for breakfast, and the idea of ingesting […]

Cranberries, Chickens & Mother’s Day on Cape Cod

Cranberries, Chickens & Mother’s Day on Cape Cod

The old cliché still holds true: The grass is always greener… Boston is fantastic in lots of ways, but it just can’t compete with the country life. We can’t have chickens on our tiny Somerville balcony (not that I haven’t thought about it…), and a […]

I Love Lamb

I Love Lamb

I’m not much of a meat-eater. In fact, for half my life I’ve been an on-and-off vegetarian, but there are three meats I always have a hard time giving up when I go veg: Hamburgers, Chicken wings, and Lamb shanks. Every few months I splurge […]

Cooking swordfish perfectly without a grill

Cooking swordfish perfectly without a grill

There are few things more concerning than an overcooked piece of really nice fresh fish. Swordfish is one of my favorites, but I’ve always been scared of overcooking it on the stove top or in the oven. The grill always seems to cook it perfectly […]