Author: Jen Balisi

Chef’s Club Counter: Eggslut Grows Up into Alvin Cailan’s Paper Planes

There are breakfast sandwiches at every corner bodega in NYC, but when Eggslut – one of LA’s most popular breakfast spots – came to the East Coast by way of Chef’s Club Counter, it was a big deal that had everyone talking. For those unfamiliar, Chef’s Club Counter is a modern fast-casual spot that curates a limited […]

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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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