Wake up on the bright side with this Breakfast Pizza w/ Squash Blossoms & Crispy Prosciutto

Since it opened last year, we’ve been obsessed with The Luggage Room in Pasadena; Greg says it’s his favorite pizza ever (a bold statement!). Their pizza is truly outstanding. They use an olive-wood burning oven that reaches super high temperatures to char the outside of their chewy sourdough crust. Their toppings are inspired by local [...]

Caramelized Onion Galette with Bacon & Thyme: French peasant food fit for a king

Autumn calls for certain recipes; mushroom risotto, butternut squash soup, braised meats and greens. Last week I had the overwhelming desire to make an onion tart. I’ve only made pastry dough a handful of times, but this recipe from Susan Spungen was very simple to follow. Because dough-making is mainly a matter of feel (texture [...]

A Fresh Idea for Dinner: Homemade Vietnemese Steak Sandwiches (Bánh Mì)

The Bánh Mì is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French (baguettes, mayonnaise) and native ingredients from Vietnam (cilantro, hot chiles, and pickled carrots). We love the bánh mì from Via Cafe in Los Angeles’ Chinatown…it’s so fresh and delicious that you could almost eat two. This was the first [...]

Improving on a classic? My version of New Orlean’s Muffuletta Sandwich

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit New Orleans (and aren’t a vegetarian), you probably had this classic sandwich made with Italian meats, cheeses, and an olive salad. The muffuletta sandwich was invented in 1906 by the owner of Central Grocery, a Silcilian immigrant named Salvatore Lupo. It quickly became a favorite among French Quarter [...]