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Savory Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by on Jul 8th, 2014 in Soups | 1 comment

Savory Butternut Squash Soup

Since I started learning how to cook, I discovered that making soup is pretty easy peasy. I don’t know why I used to be so intimidated by the thought of making soup! Of course there’s a lot more sophistication/refinement to develop in my technique, but as a newbie, I’m happy with the results so far.

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Kale Chips

Posted by on May 31st, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks | 1 comment

Kale Chips

I love living in Cali, where the farmers’ markets have an abundant assortment of produce.  On a whim, I picked up a bunch of kale at the farmers’ market a couple of weeks ago.  I had never made kale before but had lots of ideas I wanted to try.

Waikiki Must Eats!

Posted by on May 10th, 2014 in Restaurants & Travel | 1 comment

Waikiki
One of the best things about vacationing is trying out all the local foods and restaurants.  Last month, we were in Honolulu for a few days and had several standout food experiences.  Here are the highlights.

Marukame Udon

Marukame Udon

Chinese Tea Egg Recipe for Chinese New Year!

Posted by on Jan 29th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Chinese | 1 comment

Chinese New Year starts this Friday!  Chinese holidays always make me wish that I was a kid again, at home with my family.  When I feel like that, not even alcohol can make me feel better.  Only food can.

Chinese Tea Eggs

So I decided to try making Chinese tea eggs.  We used to eat Chinese tea eggs all the time growing up.  Now, not so much.  I don’t even see it very often in Chinese cafes or delis up here in the Bay Area.  Maybe my tea egg radar is a little off, guiding me to the wrong places.

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Healthy(ish) Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2014 in Desserts, Recipes | 1 comment

The love affair with pumpkin + oatmeal continues.  I found a recipe on Simply Recipes for pumpkin oatmeal cookies, but since I’m still trying to counteract some holiday over-indulgence, I wanted to see if I could lighten them up a bit.

 

Pumpkin oatmeal cookies

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

Posted by on Jan 5th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Breakfast, Holiday, Recipes | 1 comment

I had made a big batch of pumpkin puree but now what was I supposed to do with all of it?  How about a pumpkin oatmeal smoothie??  I’ve never had pumpkin and oatmeal together, but it just seems to make sense to pair them, doesn’t it?

Pumpkin Smoothie

Easy Pumpkin Puree

Posted by on Dec 29th, 2013 in Holiday | 0 comments

We bought a pumpkin to decorate for the holidays and now that the holidays are over, my frugal immigrant side can’t imagine throwing a perfectly good pumpkin away. So wasteful!

Pumpkin puree

I read a lot about how decorative pumpkins don’t make for good puree, since they’re bred for their looks and not their flavor. Well, flavor can always be amped up with a pinch of this and a dash of that. I experimented with a couple of spices and the result was very holiday-y.

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Easy Strawberry Santas

Posted by on Dec 14th, 2013 in Desserts, Holiday | 0 comments

Now that the holidays are upon us, I’m not-so-secretly excited by the thought of eating holiday party food (cheese balls!  peppermint bark!  anything and everything fried!  who can resist?!) but I know I need to not go too crazy if I want to feel like a normal person come January.  These Strawberry Santas are going to be the secret weapon in my arsenal.

Strawberry Santas

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Truffled Cauliflower Bacon Soup

Posted by on Dec 1st, 2013 in Soups | 1 comment

Now that the cold weather’s set in (yes, 60 degrees is cold, especially for an LA girl) I’ve been constantly craving soup.  And now that the Thanksgiving eat-a-thon is over, I need something that’s satisfying but won’t trigger flashbacks of turkey-stuffing-pumpkin pie guilt.

Truffled Cauliflower Bacon Soup

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Oakland Food Tour

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2013 in Restaurants & Travel | 1 comment

My friend Preethi, from The Eager Traveler, and I were hosted by Localite Tours this past weekend for a foodie walking tour of Oakland.  I’ve always wanted to do a food walking tour, so I was super excited.
But before we got started, we made a detour.

 

First Cake Bakery

 

Walking to the food tour, we passed by a total dive Chinese bakery called First Cake Bakery.  We decided to get our stomachs ready for the food tour with a warm up snack.  OMG.  The best bbq pork buns.  Ever!  Seriously.  The bun came straight out of the oven and it was incredibly light and fluffy – I’ve honestly never had a bbq pork bun like this.  I wish I had taken a picture, but I was too busy stuffing my face.  And the bun was only $1.  Score!
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