Stuck on Sticky Rice (Gnaw Mai Fan)

When the holidays roll around and the feasting begins, you can find me eyeing the array of side dishes on the table.  Yep, scoop me some sweet potatoes, pour on the creamed spinach and pile on the mashed potatoes. While everyone oohs and ahs over the turkey I’ll definitely be focused on the sides especially…

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Samurai Gourmet & You Say Catsup, I Say Ketchup (Ketchup Noodles)

One of my favorite shows on Netflix is the Japanese production Samurai Gourmet. I LOVE this show. I’m crossing my fingers that they produce more episodes.  It follows newly retired exec Kasumi as he rediscovers the simple pleasures of life (most of which involve food of course) .  Timid by nature he has an alter…

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Old Family Secret (Sesame Noodles)

Jamie was home for the week and of course we pulled out the party plates and hosted happy hour at our house. Though we usually stick to finger foods, we broke out the forks and chopsticks for a delicious, perfect for hot weather dish, Sesame noodles.  A combination of soy, vinegar, sesame oil in the…

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52 Ways to Have Your Salad

Slip out the bowl Joe, toss some new greens, Jean…just get yourself free..to make some satisfying salads.  After quite the wait I received a copy of Food 52 Mighty Salads from Blogging for Books.  I flipped through the book and with my trusty pad of post it notes tagged quite a few recipes I wanted…

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Love Letter to Rice (Garlic Rice)

On one of our weekend food treks, hubby and I headed to East San Jose in search of egg rolls and banh mi. Right in front of the entrance to the market was a display of different dried pastas on sale including tiny little pasta shaped like letters. Woohoo!  Haven’t seen pasta letters in ages….

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Instant Pot Adventures-Mushroom Risotto

You can disregard this post if you do not have an Instant Pot. Well, you may want to do a quick read to see if it convinces you to add yet another appliance to your kitchen. After all you can never have too many kitchen gadgets. My first try in the Instant Pot was a Spicy Pork Shoulder…

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Dad’s Fried Rice With a Little Tweak

Having posted a fried rice recipe (Kim Chee Fried Rice-Koreatown) recently this comes a bit sooner than expected but a couple of things prompted this post.  The rain is back with a vengeance so I have been holed up at home with Sammy.  The perfect time to scrounge around the fridge and use whatever we have for…

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Rice Rice Baby (Kimchi Fried Rice)

Growing up I remember we had one big pot, well worn, dented and it’s bottom darkened from frequent use.  It was my Dad’s favorite cooking utensil and he used it for everything.  He stir-fried, boiled, simmered, stewed and steamed in that pot and everything that came out of that pot was amazing.  I loved his fried rice.  He…

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Super Summer Somen Salad (Cold Noodle Salad)

During the summer I find this thought running through my brain quite often..”hmmm, it sure is hot, what should we do for dinner?  I don’t want to turn on the oven or stand over a hot stove. I just want something light and refreshing and satisfying”. LOOK! Up in the sky..ok, not up in the sky…

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Corn Porn (Sweet Corn Pesto with Pappardelle and Zucchini)

Ha, bet that got your attention!  It was a bit sneaky and underhanded but I think you will thank me in the end.  Summer means fresh corn on the cob.  For as long as I can remember we have been cooking our corn in a pot of water.  A dash of sugar, a splash of…

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Anatomy of a Breakfast Bowl (Char Siu & Egg Over Rice)

I love Sunday morning breakfast. Unlike the Monday through Friday grind when breakfast is on the go or often the forgotten meal, weekend breakfasts are leisurely and quite the production. Waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and homemade buttermilk biscuits or if we are feeling ambitious, puffy French omelets.  Just brewed coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice…

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