Skillet Cornbread

I’ve searched far and wide for a corn bread recipe that is NOT dry. It seems that every recipe I’ve tried doesn’t have the right moist consistency that I’m looking for. So after doing some research, I’ve realized that I’ve been trying all the wrong recipes!

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…

Corn Chowder with Green Chiles

This corn chowder is not your average-joe recipe. It doesn’t have the crumbly bacon, but by no means is it lacking in flavor. What I love about this recipe is that you really taste the corn (which happens to be my favorite part…I mean it is called CORN chowder right?) and also has a spicy little…

Rustic Bread

This bread recipe using a unique technique of creating a steam oven. In this recipe, we will do so by filling a 9×13 baking dish or broiler pan with water, and place it on the bottom rack underneath our bread. In the first five to ten minutes of baking, the steam helps to keep the crust…

English Muffins

Recipe adapted from TheKitchen Servings: 12 Muffins Ingredients: For the dough starter: 3/4 cup (3 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour or bread flour 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast (or 2 tbsp active sourdough starter) For the English muffin dough: 1 cup milk (whole or 2%) 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast 2 tablespoons sugar…

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Servings: 4 side dishes Ingredients: 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (I recommend panko) 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese 1 egg, beaten 2 zucchinis Directions: Stir bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs in a separate shallow bowl. Working in batches, dip zucchini strips into egg mixture, shake to remove any excess, and roll…

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

This is probably one of the simplest recipes that I have found and there really are only two rules to making great biscuits. Rule #1: don’t over work the dough (the less you handle it, the fluffier they come out).  Rule #2: Make sure you have cold butter, like really cold butter. That’s all! Don’t…

Moroccan Spiced Rice

Serving Size: 4 side dishes (about 2/3 cup of rice each) Ingredients: 1 cup Basmati or long-grain rice 1 3/4 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock) 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp cayenne 1tsp salt Directions: Rinse the rice with water to clean off all the excess…

Soy-Glazed Chicken Wings

If there’s one thing that my mom loves….it’s chicken wings. Just kidding, she loves us too. But really though, she loves wings. Whenever I travel, I always try to find a cookbook from that country to bring back home with me. In Japan, it was really hard to find a bookstore, and even when I finally…

Korean Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

Serving Size: About 1 – 1.5 cups or 3-4 side dishes Ingredients: 1 lb. cucumbers (hothouse or English) 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 small clove garlic, minced (optional) 1 Tbsp. red chile flakes 1 tsp. rice vinegar 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil 2-3 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional) Directions: If using…

Chashu Pork

Serves: 4 (as ramen topping or side dish) Ingredients 1 lb. pork shoulder 1 tsp. salt ½ Tbsp. oil 2 inch ginger, sliced 4 green onions ⅔ cup water ⅓ cup white rice wine vinegar ⅓ cup soy sauce 3 Tbsp. sugar Directions: Cut the tips off of the green onions. Then cut into 2…

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Servings: About 10 – 12 mushrooms Ingredients: Olive oil spray for baking sheet 8 oz package of baby bella crimini mushrooms 3-4 oz goat cheese Salt and Ground pepper to taste Fresh basil leaves 1 package of grape or cherry tomatoes and/or sunburst tomatoes, halved Toothpicks Directions: Preheat the oven to 400F Wash the mushrooms,…

Edamame Salad

Servings: 4 Salads Ingredients: 2 heads lettuce 2 carrots, shredded 1 cup shelled edamame 3 green onions, cut into 1/8″ slices 1/2 head small red cabbage, shredded Wonton crisps (optional) Almonds (optional) Sesame-ginger dressing Directions: Combine the lettuce, carrots, edamame, and green onions in a large bowl. Serve the salad with the wonton crisps (omit…

Sweet Ham & Swiss Sliders

Servings: 12 sliders Note that this recipe is perfect for parties! You can easily make this ahead of time and just pop it in the oven right before you need to serve! It’s also tasty as a snack or even for breakfast! Ingredients: 1 pound Deli ham shaved 1 pound Swiss cheese thinly sliced 1…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash

Servings: Serves 6 as a side dish Ingredients: 1 1b. Brussels sprouts, trimmed & halved 1 medium butternut squash peeled & cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 apple, cut into 1/2in pieces 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1 tablespoon brown…

Shoyu Ahi Poke

I’m craving shoyu ahi poke from Foodland right now >_< Even though it might be a little more expensive, purchase a quality piece of ahi. I usually stop by a local asian market, or farmers market that carries high-quality fish. It’ll be worth it! Ingredients: 1 pound ahi, cubed (about 3/4″ blocks) ¼ cup soy…

Superfood Kale Salad

I absolutely love the superfood salad at Ralphs, and I’ve been trying to recreate it for a while now. I think that I’ve just about got it down. It’s called “Superfood Salad” and it is so good. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s a salad because it sure can fill you up! Serves…

Tofu & Spinach Salad

Servings: Two Salads Ingredients: 1/2 package of tofu (medium firmness) 2 cups spinach (clean and patted dry) 1 medium carrot (cut into match sticks) 1/2 cucumber (cut into quarters) 4 Tbsp Sweet chili sauce (I use Mae Ploy) Directions Cut the tofu into small cubes (about 1in x 2in) and  fry over medium-high in a…