Archive for April, 2013

Zony’s Croquettas (Tuna Croquettes)

April 24, 2013 1 comment

Zony's Croquettas

Zon worked for my best friends’ family for over 30 years as their nanny/cook/auntie. I’ve known her since I was 13 and have eaten too many of her meals to count. Almost every photo I have of Zon is of her cooking. If she’s not cooking, she always has a huge smile and food is in the frame.  The last time I saw her was in 2008 the day I left for Chicago; she’s since retired and moved back to her native Philippines. Boohoo!


I first learned about Zon when my friend brought croquettas to school. Most of us had bagels, pb&j or mac n cheese…these fried balls stuffed with tuna and potato were something new but familiar…and delicious! Love at first bite. Read more…

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April 7, 2013 Leave a comment


Wow. I started this post in December…but travels to Cambodia and Thailand followed immediately by the start of a new job results in…this.

A friend’s parents host a party every year dubbed “Vodkas and Latkes.” As we are not close enough for an invite, we thought we’d make some latkes and chug some vodkas on our own. Except we don’t keep vodka around so it turned into latkes and whiskey, which just isn’t as fun to say.

Anyway, what’s not to like about potato pancakes? (and whiskey!) I was initially a bit worried about the amount of onions in the recipe, but they cook down to add sweetness to the pancake. Maybe a little taboo, but mine were fried in bacon fat (I didn’t have the traditional schmaltz) and topped with sour cream and herring roe from Ikea. I don’t recommend the roe from Ikea–I’d rather eat the Japanese version–but it made for a pretty picture.  Read more…

Apple Pie Bars

April 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Apple Pie Bars

This recipe was a pain in the ass and I probably won’t be making it again anytime soon. Some of it was my fault: I halved the recipe (the original makes 4 dozen bars and would require me to peel 12 apples) and halfway through making the crust, I forgot and put in twice the amount of flour required. I baked it in an 8×8 but it probably would have worked out better in a 9×11–I only used 5 apples instead of 6 and everything just barely fit in the 8×8. And also because of the smaller pan, the crumble topping ended up being too thick for my liking and reminded me more of a granola bar.

I don’t own an apple peeler/corer so I did it all by hand which took a lot longer than I would have preferred. When I make blueberry and peach crumble bars, I generally use fruits that don’t require as much peeling. The crust looked nothing like I’ve ever made before though it ended up working out okay. In the future, I’ll probably just make the crumble bars and if I want to adapt to apple, that’s fairly easy.

That said, I brought this to my family’s Easter celebration and it was all gone before lunch even started! I’m sure this is also an okay recipe to make pie bars out of other fruits as well…I’ll let ya know what happens when peach season comes around! Read more…

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