Category: Simple (5 Ingredients or Less)

Agua de Fresa con Limón (Strawberry Water with Lemon)

glass of agua de fresa (aguas frescas) garnished with mint and a strawberry on a wooden surface

Lying somewhere in the middle ground between flavored water and juice, the classic Mexican drink aguas frescas (lit. “fresh waters”) comes in many different varieties, often featuring fresh fruit. I use frozen strawberries in my version because they are already a staple ingredient in my kitchen and come conveniently pre-hulled. Garnish with a sprig of

Continue reading

Tomato Avocado Toast with Eggs

photo of tomato avocado toast with eggs on a turquoise IKEA FÄRGRIK 8-inch side plate on a wooden surface

I will admit, avocado is an acquired taste. I didn’t become a fan of the fruit–yes, it’s a fruit; a berry to be exact–until recently. For me, it’s best used for its creamy texture than for its taste. More specifically, I treat it almost like a soft, melty cheese. This open-faced sandwich is a perfect

Continue reading

Spiced Tea Cakes

close-up photo of a pyramid of spiced tea cakes cookies surrounded by powdered sugar on a turquoise IKEA FÄRGRIK 8-inch side plate on a wooden surface

Usually called Russian Tea Cakes, these crumbly cookie balls are a delightful little bite to enjoy with tea. My favorite tea is masala chai, so I couldn’t resist replacing the customary vanilla extract with chai spice in these late afternoon treats. Their small size and resemblance to snowballs also make them ideal to serve as

Continue reading

Hot Chocolate

close-up photo of hot chocolate in white mug on wooden surface

I’m not sure why packets of hot chocolate mix contain so many ingredients, when a rich and creamy hot chocolate can be easily made at home with just three. Leave that Alpine lady up in the slopes and warm up against winter’s chill using my no-measure method. [Don’t worry, I’ve included precise measurements as well,

Continue reading

Tuna Salad Sandwiches

close-up photo of sliced whole wheat tuna salad sandwich on small cobalt blue plate on wooden surface

This is the unsung hero of my cookbook. Since the recipe consists entirely of pantry staples, it’s one I never really have to shop for and therefore often overlook. But I’m always delighted when I come across a long-forgotten can of tuna in the back of my cupboard because I know immediately that I can

Continue reading
No comments

Strawberry Sauce

close-up photo of a stainless steel spoon displaying strawberry sauce over a small glass bowl of strawberry sauce on a wooden surface

I came up with this one a couple years ago, when I wanted to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but was all out of jam. I had recently learned how to make simple syrup (boil a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar until sugar dissolves) and figured, cooking down some fruit into the

Continue reading

Limeade

close-up photo of limeade with ice in a glass next to a whole lime on a wooden surface

Though typically regarded as a summertime drink, limeade has become a year-round staple in my house. For the past six years, not a week has gone by when we haven’t had a full pitcher of the stuff in our refrigerator. It’s a nostalgia thing. For me, it brings back childhood memories of rolling lemons for

Continue reading
No comments

Steamed Hard-Boiled Eggs

close-up photo of a hard-boiled egg sliced in half on a small cobalt blue plate

For years, I’ve been using a pretty surefire method for hard-boiling eggs in such a way that the shells don’t stick: the cold start method – submerge eggs in water, bring to a boil, let steam 10 minutes, then shock in ice water before removing shells. But I’ve just tried an even better method: the

Continue reading

Shortbread

close-up photo of four pieces of shortbread on a small cobalt blue plate on a wooden surface

A proper shortbread adheres to a strict 3:2:1 weight ratio–3 parts flour, 2 parts butter, and 1 part sugar. I’ve included volume measurements too, but—to be honest—I’ve never used them. (I’m a stickler for precision.) If you ever needed a reason to buy a kitchen scale, this recipe would be it. The subtle sweet and

Continue reading

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

close-up photo of parmesan crusted chicken

I never used to like chicken breasts. They’re too easy to overcook so I generally stuck to cooking only thighs and drumsticks. This recipe completely changed all that. In fact, I often buy chicken breasts just so I can make this recipe! 🙂 I’ve made this several times and these breasts always come out tender,

Continue reading

Sofrito Eggs

close-up photo of sofrito eggs on a small cobalt blue plate

This recipe does not actually contain (tomato-based) sofrito, but instead calls for recaíto (Puerto Rican cilantro-based sofrito). Perhaps, I should have named it Recaíto Eggs, but I learned this recipe from my husband and his family and this is what they call it, so it’s fine by me too. This dish is cooked quickly, almost

Continue reading

Marinara Sauce

close-up photo of marinara sauce in a glass bowl on a wooden surface

This basic marinara — calling for only five ingredients — is proof of how little is needed to deliver satisfying flavor. Some cooks sweeten their sauce to balance the tomatoes’ acidity, but I don’t find this hack necessary. Raw tomatoes may start out a little bitter, but that acerbity disappears all on its own if

Continue reading
No comments