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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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Cornish game hens are a great substitute for Turkey on thanksgiving. I made these stuffed hens because I didn’t want to make a whole turkey just for the two of us. After trying this recipe, I may make these hens for thanksgiving again for a bigger crowd. 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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I love having friends over for dinner, but it’s hard to get everyone together on the same schedule as what is convenient for us. Sometimes friends can only come over during the week as our weekends can be incredibly busy, so I’m always on the lookout for fast and delicious recipes I can treat my friends to. 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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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 fiancé 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 »

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During a busy weekday, I sometimes find myself looking for recipes on my phone at the grocery store because I’ve had no time to plan dinner. Epicurious.com, which is a recipe collection from several different publications, including Bon appetit, and Gourmet, is one of my go to places to search. One link led to another and I found myself looking at a beautiful plate of perfectly pan roasted chicken with a gravy like sauce. Sometimes a nice looking photo is all it’scneeded to convince me to try the recipe. Plus, it looked very hearty and comforting, which is what I usually crave after a long day at work.

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After “slumming it” in the wild for a few days, I craved some fine dining food. Rack of lamb is something I love, but have not had in a while. Lamb has that distinct flavor that goes well in many different dishes, its definitely not everyone’s red meat of choice, but I’m a big fan. For a weekday dinner, I made a rack of lamb that was first seared on the stove top, then roasted in the oven. I paired it with some sautéed yellow squash that had a refreshing sweetness which complimented the strong favors of the lamb.  Read the rest of this entry »