Author: Jen Balisi

Molten Lava Hot Cocoa Cookies with Nutella & Mini Marshmallows

Christmas time means baking cookies for Santa! It’s my 2nd year participating in FreshDirect‘s #12DayofCookies campaign (last year I made super festive red velvet and green tea cookies). This time around, I was inspired by this freezing cold weather to do a play on hot cocoa by making molten lava cookies with a chocolate center and mini […]

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Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs

Honestly, can we just take a moment and admire the beauty of this thing? I’ve had the idea to make Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs for a while, but going out for brunch most weekends had prevented me from getting around to cooking it. Now that I’ve finally made it though, HOLY is this […]

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Breakfast Pizza with Rosemary, Bacon, Mushroom, & Caramelized Red Onion

Breakfast pizza is one of my absolute favorite things to cook. Eggs + cheese + carbs is always a good combination, but making the cheese + carbs in the form of pizza adds a level of goodness that a piece of toast can never match. I’ve previously posted a lighter breakfast pizza recipe with kale and […]

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Tonkatsu in Tokyo – Maisen & Katsukura | The Indulgent Travel Guide to Japan, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of The Indulgent Travel Guide to Japan, which highlights my 2 week trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka in October 2015. In this part, I’m focusing on tonkatsu, which is Japanese panko-breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. It’s typically served with shredded cabbage and a thick, tangy tonkatsu sauce that’s similar to Worcestershire sauce. There […]

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Udon and Soba at Omen and Honke Owariya | The Indulgent Travel Guide to Japan, Part 2

This is part 2 in my Indulgent Travel Guide to Japan, which highlights my 2 week trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka in October 2015. In part 1, I gave a recap of all the different kinds of ramen we ate during our travels. This time around, I’ll be focusing on Japan’s other noodles: udon and soba. […]

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Where to Eat Ramen in Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka | The Indulgent Travel Guide to Japan, Part 1

Let me just be outright in saying that I absolutely loved Japan. I take a big trip every October to celebrate my birthday (and more recently, my anniversary with the BF), which makes for a great excuse to really splurge and experience as much as possible in a given location. This year, we spent 2 weeks […]

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Red Velvet & Green Tea Cheesecake Cookies

Tis the season for holiday baking! The team at Fresh Direct was gracious enough to ask me to participate in their #FD12DaysofCookies campaign. Even though I don’t consider myself a baker, I wanted to come up with something really festive for my Christmas cookie entry, so I dreamed up these Red Velvet and Green Tea Cheesecake cookies. I attempted […]

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Cheesy Pesto Chicken Crescent Wreath with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Maybe it’s because I grew up making those Pilsbury break-and-bake holiday cookies, or maybe it’s just because I love carbs – whatever the reason, I always find myself reaching for Pilsbury’s buttery doughs when the holidays roll around. In recent years, I’ve upgraded from cookies to Crescent wreaths, which encase your desired fillings in flaky […]

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Freebie Alert: Macaron Day NYC 2015 this Friday, March 20

It’s no secret that I love Macaron Day, but who in their right mind WOULDN’T love a day that features great bakeries across NYC offering 100% FREE macarons? That glorious day of the year is back on Friday, March 20, 2015, so mark your calendars and find a way to get yourself to one of the participating bakeries from […]

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

Chicken adobo is my all-time favorite comfort food. I have fond childhood memories of being in my room and perking up when the savory, pungent yet delicious smell of my mom making chicken adobo made its way from the kitchen to my nose. This happened on a weekly basis in my Filipino home, that it became instinct to immediately run […]

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