Fancy Brown Rice Porridge Recipe & The @mangerseul Revival

If you follow my culinary adventures @mangerseul, you might have noticed that my posts dropped off in July 2018.  A lot changed, a lot happened.  It was difficult, heartbreaking, tragic.  All in all, 2018 was a very tough year.  But it’s officially 2019, and I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 6 months […]

Huck’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I’ve spent years now trying to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and here it is friends, a recipe that I think is pretty perfect.  I’m actually not really into cookies myself, so why did I spend all of this time and long trips hauling heavy bags of flours & chocolates from the market through […]

Easy & Delicious Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

After a long Sunday afternoon at Lake Temescal, I wanted to prepare something really comforting and tasty for our Sunday supper, but I didn’t want it to take too long or require too many ingredients. Drumroll… so since I had some chicken broth & thighs waiting already at home, I decided that I’d try a […]

Nutella & Bourbon Babka

Remember when Jerry & Elaine had to get the “lesser babka” – the cinnamon one – because the last, greater babka – the chocolate one – was sold right in front of them? It was the first thing I thought of when this Sandwich-inspired Babka article was recently published in a Lucky Peach newsletter. I thought to myself: what would […]

Prawn Saganaki

Post-vacation depression is:  The. Worst. Mostly because, Sweetheart, everyday life is so far from sunshine, beaches and rosé all day – especially if you live in the SF Bay Area. But, more on that later. I recently returned from two weeks in Greece where I adventured to different parts of the islands of Mykonos and Santorini on the […]

delightful star alignments & dirty drinks

A friend introduced me recently to the wonderful merits of a classic dirty martini. The basic recipe for a dirty martini includes: vodka, olive brine, dry vermouth, and a green olive garnish (see following). …though I’ve never been the most keen of basic..recipes. So a few days ago I soaked 6 green olives, a slice […]

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Did you know that coffee beans are green? (And turn shades of brown once they’re roasted.) I learned that this weekend while playing at-home barista.  The following is a little anecdote about my inspiration… xx Generally, I don’t like to use over-used quotes, but I’ve been pondering a lot about work-life balances, purpose, and roots of […]

Nighttime Americano

throwback to yolanda be cool It was one of those Tuesdays, you know. So I decided to make a special dinner: a hybrid negroni x americano.  Easy peezy orange-squeezy, try it. 5 ingredients you will need: a lovely gin of your choosing; I used Hendrick’s, a Scottish gin that is infused with rose & cucumber Campari a […]

xiao long bao (小籠包) at home

I spent a lot of my day listening to Ginuwine hits from the early 2000s, doing a little vacation-daydreaming, and getting nostalgic about being in Asia on this dreary Sunday; so, I decided to make some soup dumplings (aka 小籠包).  This is my first time making XLBs, and it won’t be the last… Gotta be compatibleeeeee… […]

Easy Gluten-Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal after a long day at work; and to be honest, sometimes, nothing will do the trick like a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with your favorite glass of wine.  I didn’t grow up with an Italian nonna teaching me how to make this meatball-magic happen, so I decided to […]