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ROAST RACK OF LAMB WITH ROSEMARY AND TZATZIKI
I usually resort to lamb when there are celebrations like birthdays in a family. We all love lamb, especially the youngest lol. He loves it to the bone We have grandpa visiting us all the way from Indonesia and it’s his birthday. The kids have the luxury of having grandpa […]

ROAST RACK OF LAMB WITH ROSEMARY AND TZATZIKI


PULLED PORK WITH BLACK PEPPER VINEGAR SAUCE AND GREEN ONION SLAW
It is hard for me to walk away from pulled pork. Not only they taste good, but they are pretty versatile. You can use pulled pork on burgers, wraps, rice (yes…we can make everything work with rice), and of course noodles too, and any other starches you like! Summer is […]

PULLED PORK WITH BLACK PEPPER VINEGAR SAUCE AND GREEN ONION ...


LAYERED BROWNIE ICE CREAM CAKE WITH SUGARED PEANUTS 2
So, it’s big daddy’s birthday last Friday and he loves ice cream. He likes it even better with a cake 😉 I thought how hard is it to bake right ?!? I just follow the measurement and I’ll have a beautiful cake like I often imagine in my dream (yes, […]

LAYERED BROWNIE ICE CREAM CAKE WITH SUGARED PEANUTS



PORK CHOPS WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND GORGONZOLA CHEESE
This pork chops with balsamic vinegar and gorgonzola cheese has become our family’s favorite dish. The recipe came from the cooking light magazine with some modifications. I don’t cook pork chops a whole lot, but I’m glad I gave this one a try. My husband’s favorite thing about this dish […]

PORK CHOPS WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND GORGONZOLA CHEESE


FLUFFY WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES 2
Fiorina requested pancakes for breakfast. She usually never really requested specific food for breakfast. We have a pretty standard breakfast every morning. Usually one fried egg, refrigerated raw oatmeal with chia seeds, and sometimes she wants some unsweetened whole grain cheerios. Every now and then I may make some pancakes, […]

FLUFFY WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES


BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES
Happy New Year everyone The year sure is short. I can’t believe here we are on the first day of 2015. It was a cold morning as expected here in the frozen tundra (though much better than when it was -1 F. At least it is 20 degrees today. We […]

BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES



SQUASH STEW WITH AVOCADO SALSA
When the weather was 4 F outside, all I could think of was something hearty and warm and it just sounded like stew fitted perfectly into that category. This is a great hearty and nutritious stew. It’s perfect if you don’t want any meat in your meal. This is packed […]

SQUASH STEW WITH AVOCADO SALSA


COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES
So, it is one week before Christmas. Last year around this time, baking cookies was the last thing on my mind. Well, it didn’t even make it to my to-do list. The very one thing that was high on the top of the list was “BREASTFEEDING” and sleep (which I […]

COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES


BACON AND APPLE SANDWICH
I hardly fixed sandwich for either lunch or dinner. I guess it’s not part of the culture I grew up in to have sandwiches for meals (at least not at the time when I was little kid eons ago). I like sandwiches though. I know most Americans fix sandwich for […]

BACON AND APPLE SANDWICH



CRAZY MAMA BLUEBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MUFFINS
That name is as cheesy as it can get, isn’t it ? lol. It is somewhat crazy because they were made with breast milk. I know..I know…! You are rolling your eyes or your jaw perhaps just dropped or just… What ?? breastmilk ? I thought only baby drank breastmilk. […]

CRAZY MAMA BLUEBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MUFFINS


PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE
I have absolute weakness for pineapple upside-down cake. Seriously. I love..love… this cake. And I got butterfly in my stomach when I was making it. Sounds crazy, but I was excited and was even more excited when I sliced that first slice to take photo and then quickly set the […]

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE


SAFFRON SCONES
After making the sour cream scones a while back, I decided to use up the saffron I had in the pantry. Hearing all the things about how divine this expensive spice was, I got some and indeed…it is heavenly fragrant (at least to me) and I’ve loved it ever since. […]

SAFFRON SCONES



WHOLE WHEAT OATMEAL BLUEBERRIES CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
I’d been itching to bake and going through the pantry, thank Goodness I had all the things I needed to make these muffins happened. One of the best things about summer is…BERRIES !! lots of berries are in season. What could be better than a whole wheat, oatmeal, blueberries (all […]

WHOLE WHEAT OATMEAL BLUEBERRIES CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS


CRAB CAKES WITH CREAMY RANCH
Nothing screams my name louder than a thick scrumptious crab cakes. Seriously. It’s written all over my face that I love this thing. When I saw one on the menu, I always ordered one. It only makes sense if at least I tried to make crab cakes once in my […]

CRAB CAKES WITH CREAMY RANCH


PARSNIP PANCAKES
I have a serious weakness when it comes to carbohydrates. I can go meatless for few days without any problem, but can’t take away my bread, noodles, potatoes, or any root veggies or tubers. I can’t live without carbs alright! A good friend of mine showed me a picture of […]

PARSNIP PANCAKES



Zucchini and Blueberry whole wheat bread
The smell of a baking bread is the best perfume to my nose. Seriously!! I love the smell of baking bread. It just makes me happy. I love bread. I think this part is inherited from my dad. Zucchini and blueberry are in the season so this is just perfect […]

ZUCCHINI AND BLUEBERRY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD


CHICKEN NACHO SOUP
I think for 35 years of my life so far, I’ve only eaten nacho like maybe….once ? ha.ha..! I’m not a big fan of nacho itself, which is pretty much tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers. Some goes to the extend of adding some sort of meat […]

CHICKEN NACHO SOUP


SOUR CREAM SCONES
I’ve said it many many times that baking is definitely not my forte. However, bakery and pastry are my favorite things to eat The smell of the baking bread can make me very happy. This may sound a bit funny, but making scones had been one of my to-do things […]

SOUR CREAM SCONES



BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY SAUCE
My daughter loves chicken drumstick. I think it’s the fact that she can easily hold on to the “stick” and eat it makes it appealing to her when she was young. Now that she is much older (almost 3 1/2) and gotten lazy, she prefers that someone already have the […]

BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY SAUCE


RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
I had tried several chicken tortilla soup and while they tasted pretty good, I thought something was kinda missing. Then I saw another tortilla soup recipe from Jamie’s America cookbook and I simply couldn’t pass on this one and went ahead and gave it a try. The verdict: SPECTACULAR! I […]

RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP


DECADENT VANILLA BEANS ICE CREAM
When you bring the topic of ice cream up, you can see smile on most people’s faces. Even my daughter lights up the second she hears the word ice cream. Can’t I blame her though ? No, I’m a big fan of ice cream myself. Really.. who doesn’t ? (besides […]

DECADENT VANILLA BEANS ICE CREAM



ZUCCHINI CHIPS
Ideally I’d love my daughter to eat all kind of vegetable, but in reality, that doesn’t happen of course. Take zucchini for example. The girl wants nothing to do with zucchini before I made them into chips. Once she discovered these chips, she couldn’t have enough actually. Just like the […]

ZUCCHINI CHIPS


PUERTO RICAN BEEF STEW / CARNE GUISADA
I like to prepare stew dishes (even during this hot summer day) because they are easy and you pretty much have complete meal in one pot. Majority of the work is pretty much on cutting the vegetables and meat. Usually can feed a large crowd or if you don’t have […]

PUERTO RICAN BEEF STEW / CARNE GUISADA


CARROT-COCONUT COOKIES
Yes, I do bake. Every now and then Simple things. This carrot-coconut cookies are easy drop cookies (meaning they don’t require me to beautify them like making a cake or something! because I’m not good at that part!). If you like carrot cake, this is almost something like that. I […]

CARROT-COCONUT COOKIES



WHITE BEAN CHILI
I’m not usually a “chili” eater. Before I even continues, let me clarify that the chili I refer to over here is the American-style chili usually made of bean and some ground meat and some peppers like jalapeno. Not “hot” spicy, but usually spices like cumin, oregano, coriander seeds, etc […]

WHITE BEAN CHILI


GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING
I’m a big fan of ginger and gingerbread cookies are always one of my favorite cookies during this holiday time. Something about ginger that makes you think of “warmth” right ? Bite into these little goodies, not only you’ll find them delicious, that lemon icing is such a bonus. I […]

GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING


SNOW-COVERED CHOCOLATE COOKIES
The inspiration to make these cookies came from Martha Stewart’s website. There was espresso in the original recipe and I didn’t use that in mine. I like how the cookies are rolled in confectioners sugar before baking and when you bake them, they crack open making them look like a […]

SNOW-COVERED CHOCOLATE COOKIES



DOUBLE-FROSTED CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES
The holiday spirit always gets me into making something sweet. This double-frosted chocolate sandwich cookies are perfect for holiday season. They are perfect as gifts for your family, friends, neighbors, etc. I mean.. who doesn’t love chocolate (my mom doesn’t, but the rest of us do, don’t we?). It looks […]

DOUBLE-FROSTED CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES


CREAMY CORN CASSEROLE
I made this creamy corn casserole for a Thanksgiving get-together with friends and it was quite a big hit! I personally adore corn, especially the sweet corn here in North America. They are incredibly sweet. Love it! The creamy corn casserole is so easy to whip up too and simply […]

CREAMY CORN CASSEROLE


CRISPY KALE CHIPS
Kale is one of my daughter’s favorite green vegetable to eat. I had always stir-fry it with some garlic and soy sauce, sometimes oyster sauce and she’ll polish it clean. The past few years, I’ve been hearing about this baked kale chips and even seen it being sold as chips […]

CRISPY KALE CHIPS



GARLIC CHEESE FRIES
The garlic cheese fries are not only my favorite sinful munch, they hold special memory to me. It’s all started in Hawaii when my husband and I were still dating. A stroll at a beach was romantic indeed. But even with romance, that doesn’t satiate the feeling of hunger. Hunger […]

GARLIC CHEESE FRIES


MACADAMIA AND PINEAPPLE RICE PILAF
Pilaf is always one of my favorite things to make. Why ? It’s a one-pot dish and I just love that when I don’t have much time at the kitchen. This macadamia and pineapple rice pilaf couldn’t be any happier and merrier in color and taste. I mean, there were […]

MACADAMIA AND PINEAPPLE RICE PILAF