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On any given day, if I were to ask my husband what he would like to eat for dinner, 9 out of 10 times, he would say Pizza. Nowadays you can easily get good quality takeout from restaurants and grocery stores. But if you don’t want to wait for delivery, you can also buy pre-made pizza dough from stores like central market, and customize it to your own taste.

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Arugula is one if my favourite greens. I love it’s peppery-ness in a salad. In this ravioli recipe, the bite of the arugula, along with some lemon zest, balances out the creamy goat cheese filling.

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It’s certainly a dish full of delicate flavors, and the browned butter pine nut sauce adds a nice texture without overpowering the pasta.

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To complete the Thanksgiving menu for two, I made a Kale and Apple salad with crunchy pancetta bits and candied pecans. This was such a fun salad to make and really beautiful to look at. You can skip the pancetta and cheese, substitute olive oil for pancetta drippings, and make this a delicious vegan salad as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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People have fond memories of friends and families, trips they’ve taken, places they’ve been, I do the same with food. Every place I’ve been, I recall reservable food items I’ve had there. I think food memory adds an extra dimension of remembrance about a place or event. My first memory of Dolsot Bibimbap, a Korean dish consisting of rice mixed with seasoned vegetables, egg, and beef over a hot stone pot, was in Dallas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Holiday season is here, and while a lot of people give into total indulge around this time, for me I try to eat healthy as much as I can so I don’t feel bad about eating at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the holiday parties.

We were helping some friends do Holiday photos and decided to cook dinner at the house afterwards. I made chicken satay and a grilled shrimp and apple salad, both easy on the calories. To finish off dinner, I prepared a honeyed yogurt tart with fresh blueberries and a ginger and graham cracker crust.

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A dish is like a play, each ingredient has a role, and the special attention taken to the ingredients are like clothes and makeup for the players. In a good dish, all the ingredients play off each other in such a way that they enhances each others flavors, but not lose themselves in the crowd.

In this salad, grilled eggplants are tossed with cognac poached pears, along with walnuts and slivers of pecorino cheese, in a garlic and herb vinaigrette, dotted with honey. Sweet, sharp, smoky, salty, there are so many possible permutations of flavor in this salad. Sometimes too many ingredients can make a dish confusing, but in this case it was perfect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Most of the time when I cook, I like sticking to the recipe. It’s only recently that I’ve been feeling more comfortable playing around with an established recipe to fit to my own taste. Growing up in China, one of the things I LOVED was grilled lamb skewers from street vendors. Thinly cuts of undesirable pieces of lamb is threaded on long metal skewers, dusted with a fiery hot chili pepper and curry powder, most likely to hide the taste of old/ half spoiled meat, and grilled on a long hibachi style grill over hot coals… I always had a hard time convincing my mom to buy me some since she always thought they were unsanitary but boy did I love those skewers. Food is always better with a bit of excitement, and in this case it’s the thrill of the possibility of upset stomach, kind of like Russian roulette but with spoiled lamb meat. Read the rest of this entry »

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In my effort to eat healthy during the week, I’ve exhausted myself eating Asian dishes. Mexican dishes have a bad reputation of being greasy and unhealthy, but through a quick search through food and wines 30 day healthy meal menu, I found a delicious sounding chicken taco that was also very low in calories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Continuing my efforts to eat healthier for my big day, I followed another recipe from Food and Wine’s 30 day healthy eating menus. Today I picked a soba noodle dish served with grilled shrimp and cilantro. This dish packed in little bits of fried garlic and shallots for punches of flavor, and crushed peanuts for texture, it’s almost unbelievable how simple it is to make, and how delicious and healthy it is.

Soba is the Japanese word for buckwheat, also synonymous with the thin noodles made out of buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is naturally gluten free, Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m getting married in about 6 weeks, and like almost all brides before me, I’m trying hard to look good for the wedding. I figure the fiancĂ© and myself can indulge a little on the weekends, but during the week, we have to be more careful about what we consume.

While looking for healthy dinners on Foodandwine.com, I came across their 30 day healthy eating plan. The menus that they offer, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, do not look like diet foods at all. The common theme is fish, chicken, and vegetables with healthy grains. If I did not work, I’d absolutely want to follow every single one of their meals because they all look sooooooo tasty! But with my more and more hectic schedule, the only meal I can really plan and have time to cook is dinner.

The recipe I picked to start my healthy weekday cooking plan is a Chinese style spicy green bean and tofu stir fry. Read the rest of this entry »