Thai Red Curry with Kabocha Squash

Every fall, I walk into the grocery store and see tons of fresh squash produce staring me right in the face and I always think to myself can I make something with squash for dinner? I remember eating this delicious Kabocha Curry at one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Portland. It was full of kabocha flavor, rich […]

Asian Peanut Chicken Noodles 2.0

Back in October of 2014 (wow I didn’t realize I had been blogging for so long!), I published one of my first recipes that is an all-time favorite: Asian Peanut Chicken Noodles. Well, this recipe is now replacing it as an “Asian Peanut Chicken Noodles 2.0” and I can happily say that it will satisfy any […]

Thai Street Chicken

I’m not afraid to admit that I am a science nerd. Don’t get me wrong, I love cookbooks that have beautifully shot photographs of mouth-watering recipes, but I am just as easily drawn towards the cookbooks that answer the question “why is it done that way?” Keith Schroeder’s book, Mad Delicious, does exactly that. In every recipe, he […]

Pan Roasted Swordfish Steaks with Herbed Butter

During my last trip to the grocery store, I stumbled upon these swordfish steaks on sale. They were massive (about half a pound each!). Let me tell you, this recipe came out ten times better than I thought it was going to. I’ll let you in on my two (not so secret) secrets that are […]

Tutu’s Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

If I had to choose an absolute favorite dish that my Tutu used to make, it would either be her famous lasagne or this Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese. It’s made up of delicious layers of pasta, spicy pork sausage, green chiles, and cheese, all topped with fresh tomatoes and cilantro. Servings: 8 Ingredients: 16 oz […]

Red Pepper Chicken

This one-pot chicken recipe delivers a creamy, hearty, and flavorful meal that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy! Serving Size: 8 (main dish) Ingredients: 8 chicken breasts (~5oz each) 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup diced onion 4 cloves garlic 1 (16 oz) can roasted red peppers, finely diced 2 1/2 cups chicken broth […]

Quick and Easy Jambalaya

Previously, I posted a recipe for a beautiful slow cooker jambalaya that you simply throw everything in the pot and forget about. But this is a recipe for those days where I come home from work and just want a quick 30 minute meal. It’s spicy, hearty, and oh so delicious. Did I also mention it’s a one […]

Baked Ziti Pasta

Every Sunday, all of my family (cousins and grandparents included) get together for dinner. We have this family tradition where we play Mahjong and TienGow together, so there’s no time for fussing in the kitchen to make dinner. This recipe is great because it can be prepared ahead of time and thrown in the oven […]

Chinese Rice Porridge (Jook)

Many Asian cultures have their own version of rice porridge – the Korean juk, mandarin congee, and Japanese oyaku. Growing up in a Cantonese family, I always knew it as jook. Jook is one of my Popo’s (grandma’s) favorite dishes and was ALWAYS something that my dad would cook up when anyone was sick. This jook recipe […]

Barley Soup

Serving Size: 4 – 6 Servings Ingredients: 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 cup uncooked barley 2 large carrots, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice 1 (15 ounce) can canelli beans, drained 1 onion, chopped 3 bay leaves 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 teaspoon salt […]

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Happy Saint Patricks Day everyone!! Today is day FOUR of my special week of recipes that feature the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. My tutu (grandma) used to make us a classic St. Patricks Day dinner with corned beef and the works. She would always make a double batch of her delicious mashed potatoes because she knew that […]

Chinese Dumplings

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hee Fat Choy! Xin Nian Kuai Le! However you say it, happy year of the monkey everyone! The new year has brought a lot of new adventures, and I couldn’t be more excited to be living in San Francisco! The city is booming with hundreds of […]

Hearty Lentil Soup

Some of the best recipes that I’ve tried no doubt are the ones that have been passed down from family and friends. Tried and true, used over and over for generations, these recipes always use a lot of precision with terms like “lots” and “about.” But that’s really why cooking is so amazing, because at […]

Thai Chicken Fried Rice

So there’s an awesome restaurant in Manoa called Bangkok Chef that makes the best Thai food. This recipe was heavily inspired by their Chicken Fried Rice. It truly is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! This recipe was adapted from Moms Thai Fried Rice. Serving Size: 6 main dish Ingredients: 4 Cups cooked cold jasmine […]

Misoyaki Butterfish

If I could have a choice of what my last meal would be, hands-down it would be this Japanese-style misoyaki butterfish. If you’ve ever had butterfish, you know that it isn’t cheap, but is totally worth the splurge because it’s that delicious, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth kind of meal that warms your soul a little bit with […]

Spinach & Goat Cheese Ravioli

If anyone had told me that making fresh ravioli (or pasta for that matter) was this simple, I would have started making it ages ago! All it takes is a little bit of flour, water, olive oil, egg, and salt and voila, fresh pasta! The only tricky part about pasta is cutting it into the […]

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

The secret to crispy greatness? Refrigerate the chicken for 20 minutes! So simple right?! You must be thinking, why would that help? Well, it actually helps the panko mixture stick to the chicken, rather then fall off and into the pan when it cooks. Servings: 4 Ingredients: 4 chicken cutlets, 4 to 5 ounces each […]