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LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE
My first Italian meal when I first set feet on Minnesota was linguine frutti di mare or known as seafood pasta at Buca di Beppo and I can tell you it has been my all-time favorite ever since. Every time we go to Buca, that’s pretty much what we order […]

LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE


CHICKEN WITH GREEN TOMATOES 2
This chicken with green tomatoes was created with a little inspiration from Indonesia culinary, which often uses lots of herbs and spices. Some can be difficult to find especially if you are at the opposite end of the world. However, I use ingredients that can be found easily and more […]

CHICKEN WITH GREEN TOMATOES


TURKEY MO MO / NEPALI STEAMED TURKEY DUMPLINGS WITH TOMATO AND CILANTRO CHUTNEY
A while ago I made the Himalayan Steamed Dumplings or known as momos and they were delicious. The Tibetan usually makes their momos with yak meat. I made it with beef at that time. I got this “The Nepal Cookbook” by The Association of Nepalis in the Americas and saw […]

TURKEY MO MO / NEPALI STEAMED TURKEY DUMPLINGS WITH TOMATO ...



MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH 1
Mee kangkung belacan is one of the very popular street food almost every Medanese loves. It is basically a stir fry noodles with chili, shrimp paste (belacan), water spinach and some seafood. The dish is spicy (but won’t burn or numb your tongue), then it has this wonderful flavor from […]

MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH


KALE SALAD
Kale is one of our favorite vegetables. It is slightly bitter, but surprisingly my daughter loves it and we like it too. Stir-fry it, bake it into chips, or as salad, we love it. This Kale salad is delicious with tomato, shallots, peanuts, fish sauce, garlic, AND….some pork skin!! yes, […]

KALE SALAD


SHRIMP STEW
Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood. I like to cook with seafood because they usually don’t take a long time to cook. In fact, it is very easy to overcook seafood like shrimp, fish, and crab. Once you overcook them, they turn tough and rubbery (especially with shrimps) and […]

SHRIMP STEW



EGGS WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL TELUR 2
Eggs with sambal or what we call “sambal telur” in Indonesia is one of the classic I really like. Anything that is called “sambal” in Southeast Asia, pretty much involved some red chili paste. It’s my all time favorite and I loved it when my mom used to cooked it. […]

EGGS WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL TELUR


TOMATO AND SPINACH SALAD
As much as I like to stir-fry vegetables, it can get old some days. Spinach is always in our refrigerator and I just need some new idea to make it refreshing and yet delicious at the same time. I grew up eating a lot of cooked vegetables and that’s common […]

TOMATO AND SPINACH SALAD


PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL IKAN
Fried fish with sambal or known as sambal ikan is a popular home-style dish in Indonesia. My mom used to make this quite often and I could just eat the sambal and plain steamed rice without anything else. Sambal in Indonesia means a paste made of red chili to accompany […]

PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL IKAN



SEMUR DAGING / JAVANESE BEEF STEW
My grandmother used to make this Semur Daging quite often and she made a very good one too. Semur Daging or Javanese Beef Stew if a typically a beef stew cooked with Indonesian sweet soy sauce, which contributes to its dark color and sweet taste, and the distinct nice flavor […]

SEMUR DAGING / JAVANESE BEEF STEW


JOLLOF RICE WITH CHICKEN, BEEF AND HAM
Jollof rice is a popular dish in many parts of West Africa. The word jollof means “one pot”. It is thought to have originated in Senegal but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia. There are many varieties of Jollof rice, however the […]

JOLLOF RICE WITH CHICKEN, BEEF AND HAM


GROUNDNUT CHOP
  When I first saw this groundnut chop as one of the title of recipes in the South of Sahara cookbook, I was really intrigued to try it and I did. Groundnut is a common description used by African to describe peanut. The groundnut chop dish has a peanut-based sauce, […]

GROUNDNUT CHOP



SUNDAY STEW
Sunday is one of the days that many families and friends gather and eat together. This Sunday stew is also prepared often in West Africa for a relaxing day like Sunday and hence its name. Despite of its red, thick and creamy appearance, this Sunday stew is definitely very hearty. […]

SUNDAY STEW


SEAFOOD FRICASSEE
The second recipe I tried after a success of making sous vide chicken by Korean celebrity chef Edward Kwon, was this seafood fricassee. Fricassee is a French term for stew. The popular fricassee is usually made with chicken, however, it’s not limited to just that. The meat and the sauce […]

SEAFOOD FRICASSEE


FRIED EGGS WITH TOMATOES
If you never have fried eggs with tomatoes before, well, maybe you should give it a try. I never knew about this dish until oh..let’s see, not too long ago (maybe 13-14 years ago) my ex-housemate, who is also my best friend, made this dish. We lived in an apartment […]

STIR-FRIED EGGS WITH TOMATOES




NEPALI GRILLED CHICKEN
As shared in the Mango and Curry Leaves cookbook by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, Nepali chefs are famous in the Subcontinent. Nepali chefs have been cooking restaurant food, and particularly “foreigner food” for two, almost three generations. Many Nepali chefs grown up working in restaurants in Kathmandu. This Nepali […]

NEPALI GRILLED CHICKEN


CIOPPINO/ SEAFOOD STEW
This was my first time having cioppino. I often heard of it but never really knew what it was until I tried it from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown cookbook. It is so extremely delicious for real! Cioppino is an Italian-American stew/soup originated in San Francisco. Reading the history of it, cioppino […]

CIOPPINO / SEAFOOD STEW



FRIED CHICKEN AND SALAD
Like Jamie Oliver, I couldn’t bring myself to leave this recipe out as well. Fried chicken and salad is a classic in the South (of U.S). I believe it’s a classic to most people around the world as well. Fried chicken is almost everyone’s favorite. We are just more health-conscious […]

FRIED CHICKEN AND SALAD


FIERY SHRIMP COCKTAIL
First of all, don’t let the word “fiery” scares you away because it’s always up to you how “fiery” you want this cocktail to be. I can’t say enough good things of this fiery shrimp cocktail recipe I made the other day. I’ve never really a big “fan” of shrimp […]

FIERY SHRIMP COCKTAIL


GREEN CHILI
The first thing that popped up in my mind when I heard the word “chili” was normally chili con carne, which pretty much means chili with meat in Spanish language. It’s a kind of stew with chili peppers and meat. The green chili though is somewhat different compare to chili […]

GREEN CHILI



A KILLER MAC AND CHEESE
How is that for a title ? Jamie Oliver named this recipe “A Killer Mac and Cheese” in his Jamie’s America cookbook. Mac and cheese is indeed a classic American pasta dish. Everyone loves it, including my daughter. How can you not. As shared by Jamie in his cookbook, “Sometimes […]

A KILLER MAC AND CHEESE


PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
I add this ptitim casserole with chicken and vegetables to the “feed my baby/toddler” category because Fiorina (now a 14-month old toddler) loves this dish. I’m always excited if I fixed something that she likes. She ate more than her usual portion. I guess she must have really liked the […]

PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES


EL BABOOR LAMB KEBAB
El Baboor lamb kebab was inspired by the Syrian kebab halabi, grilled and then baked in a spicy tomato sauce. Janna Gur mentioned in her The Book of New Israeli Food cookbook that this El Baboor lamb kebab was introduced by two Israeli to her with few delicious changes: grilled […]

EL BABOOR LAMB KEBAB



CHICKEN PULAU WITH PUMPKIN
Chicken pulau with pumpkin is a dish of celebration in the oases of western China. This dish is special to the Uighur people who also share this dish with their close cousins the Uzbeks. Rice is not an everyday foods in that part of China as it is more challenging […]

CHICKEN PULAU WITH PUMPKIN


KAZAKH NOODLES WITH LAGHMAN SAUCE
I think it was about 13 years ago when I first had my orientation as a freshman at college in Oklahoma. I remember I went to the school cafeteria with newly-made friends from other countries. I was introduced to this other student, who looked Asian, however, he told me that […]

KAZAKH NOODLES WITH LAGHMAN SAUCE


THAI-STYLE CHICKEN SANDWICH
Thai-style chicken sandwich is another one of the east-meet-west dish that Martin Yan’s invented in this Martin Yan’s Asian Favorite cookbook. People often say “oh..it’s just another sandwich”. Sandwich is so ubiquitous and people don’t get impressed much by it anymore these days. Well, it doesn’t have to be boring. […]

THAI-STYLE CHICKEN SANDWICH



INDONESIAN-STYLE FRIED NOODLES/MIE GORENG INDONESIA
Somebody is missing home. Yeah..that’s me. This never-fail-to-satisfy recipe is truly my comfort food. It’s my mom’s recipe and I had it written down in my little torn-up recipe book before I got married and settle down here. As I browsed through my noodle recipes I’ve posted here at what […]

INDONESIAN-STYLE FRIED NOODLES/MIE GORENG INDONESIA


PORK CHEEK CHILI
Before I even say anything else, this is hands down the best chili I’ve ever eaten. No kidding! I think the way I look at a bowl of chili is never the same again after I cooked this chili. It is packed with flavor and oh…so good! so good you […]

PORK CHEEK CHILI


PORK SINIGANG
Sinigang is a classic dish of Philippines. Sinigang is a soupy concoction of indigenous fruits, seafood, meat or chicken with vegetables such as taro, radish, leeks, onion, celery, tomatoes, bok choy, or water spinach, and chiles. Sourness is at the heart of sinigang. I like the sourness in this soup […]

PORK SINIGANG



TOMATO SALAD
Well, seriously, it’s not that I purposely wanted to make tomato salad. I had so much tomatoes in my fridge and I had been using lots of them when I cooked Mexican and Turkish dish. We juice the tomatoes too, but I just want to clean up the fridge and […]

TOMATO SALAD


Collard Greens Salad with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce
Vegetables are a very important part of the Turkish diet, and fresh salads are an essential part of most meals. The collard greens salad with yogurt-garlic sauce is a specialty of the Black Sea region of Turkey. It is usually serve as a light lunch on hot days. My first […]

COLLARD GREENS SALAD WITH YOGURT-GARLIC SAUCE/ KARA LAHANA SALATASI


SULTAN'S PILAF/SULTAN PILAVI
According to the Sultan’s Kitchen’s cookbook by Ozcan Ozan, rice is used extensively in Turkish cuisine. Pilafs are those exotic rice dishes flavored with spices, nuts, and fruits-others, made with meat, fish, and vegetables, are known as Sultan Pilavi. This Sultan Pilavi was prepared for the Sultans in the kitchen […]

SULTAN’S RICE PILAF/ SULTAN PILAVI



CHICKEN STUFFED WITH RICE, PISTACHIOS, AND HERBS/ PILIC SARMASI 2
Chicken stuffed with rice, pistachios, and herbs are absolutely delicious. I really like the flavor from the fresh herbs in the rice. I seriously will make this rice everyday now. I honestly never cooked much with Dill before. It’s not a common herb in Asian cooking. I’ve certainly missed out. […]

CHICKEN STUFFED WITH RICE, PISTACHIOS, AND HERBS/ PILIC SARMASI


KENYAN LAMB STIR-FRY/ SUKUMA WIKI
Stir-fry has indeed became one of those dishes that you will immediately link to Asia cuisine when you hear it. Perhaps because Stir-frying indeed one of the most common cooking methods in Asia. The wok and the stir-frying, almost goes hand-in-hand all the time. I learnt from The Soul Of […]

KENYAN LAMB STIR-FRY/ SUKUMA WIKI


SHREDDED PORK AND BEEF WITH CHIPOTLE AND TOMATES VERDES
Wow…look at that title. Almost make it into a paragraph This dish actually has three different type of meats: Pork, Beef and Chorizo. Chorizo was also something new to me. Well, not exactly new-new. I don’t know if I’ve said it before or not, Food Network is pretty much the […]

SHREDDED PORK AND BEEF WITH CHIPOTLE AND TOMATES VERDES/ TINGA ...



MEXICAN STYLE BEEF TIPS
This popular Mexican style beef tips is very often found in restaurants in Chihuahua, North of Mexico. This dish consists of beef cooked with onion, tomatoes, chile serranos, garlic and cumin are fairly easy to make. By now (the 6th mexican dish I cooked) I’ve learned the drift. Just make […]

MEXICAN STYLE BEEF TIPS/ PUNTAS DE FILETE A LA MEXICANA


RANCH-STYLE EGGS/ HUEVOS RANCHEROS 1
Huevos a la Mexicana and Huevos Rancheros are two favorite egg dishes of Mexicans. This popular ranch-style eggs were commonly eaten for the late breakfast, but now you can find them on menus all day long, served with extra tortillas. The old saying of “If you have eggs, you have […]

RANCH-STYLE EGGS/ HUEVOS RANCHEROS


MEXICAN-STYLE SCRAMBLED EGGS/ HUEVOS A LA MEXICANA
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to me. I used to have patients tell me that they only drank a cup of tea or coffee or most of the time, just skipped it all together. Of course, I gave them an earful after that (just kidding!). I […]

MEXICAN-STYLE SCRAMBLED EGGS/ HUEVOS A LA MEXICANA



BRAZILIAN FISH STEW/ MOQUECA DE PEIXE
As I went through pages of The Brazilian Kitchen cookbook, I noticed that Brazilian eat lots of stew. Have you noticed that the past two recipes I fixed also stew-like ? The author, Leticia Moreinos Schwartz mentioned that as well. Stew is something comforting and you don’t need snows piling […]

BRAZILIAN FISH STEW/ MOQUECA DE PEIXE


BRAZILIAN BEEF RAGU/ PICADINHO
Do you guys know that Brazil is at the 5th place as one of the most populated countries in this whole wide world ? I think besides remembering when I watched the Miss Universe Pageant when I was in middle school, Brazilian women often made it into the final 3 […]

BRAZILIAN BEEF RAGU/ PICADINHO


CHIANTI MARINATED BEEF STEW
If you are looking for a one-pot meal, this will be a perfect one for that. You get your meat, your starch and your veggies all in one pot. This Chianti marinated beef stew is a reminiscent of the stews in Tuscany and Umbria. I made this big pot of […]

CHIANTI MARINATED BEEF STEW



CHICKEN MILANESE WITH TOMATO AND FENNEL SAUCE
As I started to type this entry, I was thinking how could I describe how good this chicken Milanese with tomato and fennel sauce is. Describing it as simply delicious seems to be an understatement. When my husband had his first bite into this chicken and the sauce, he said […]

CHICKEN MILANESE WITH TOMATO AND FENNEL SAUCE


BUCATINI ALL'AMATRICIANA WITH SPICY SMOKED MOZZARELLA MEATBALLS
Oh My God, the title can’t be anymore mouthful than that. As beautiful as the title is, this dish is really good too. This Italian dish by Giada De Laurentiis from her Giada At Home cookbook is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I’ve always enjoyed watching Giada since I […]

BUCATINI ALL’AMATRICIANA WITH SPICY SMOKED MOZZARELLA MEATBALLS


SHRIMP AND SCALLOP STEW WITH COUSCOUS PILAF
I never really know what to cook with Scallop, but I love eating them. The flesh is so sweet and meaty. When I see this Shrimp and Scallop Stew serve with Couscous Pilaf in Martha Stewart Living cookbook, I went ahead and give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. The […]

SHRIMP AND SCALLOP STEW WITH COUSCOUS PILAF