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Mexican Corn Salad

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks | 2 comments

grilled corn


We lived in Mexico City for a few years when I was growing up, and I have so many vivid food memories from our time there.  I was 11 years old when we arrived, and it seemed like everything was so different there, including the food.  There were so many dishes, flavors, ingredients I had never seen before, but thanks to my parents encouraging (read: forcing) us to try different things, and also being a kid wanting to fit in with the other kids at school, I ate a lot of different types of Mexican food – and learned that I really liked it.  Some of the food I remember the most are the barbecued rabbit we ate in a shack by the side of the road, tortas and salt/lime/chili packets we ate at school (salivating now), and the Mexican corn on the cob we bought from the boat vendors on the canals of Xochimilco.  This corn on the cob was slathered with mayo, sprinkled with cheese and chili power and was SO GOOD.  I would eat two in one sitting.


Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Risotto

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Entrees | 0 comments

Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Risotto

Top five reasons why you need to make this Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Risotto:

1) It’s easy.  Who wants to slave over a hot stove during the summer?  Not me!  With this recipe, almost everything simmers away in the slow cooker.  Do a quick sauté of veggies at the end, combine everything, and voila!  Dinner is served.


Roasted Asparagus

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Roasted Asparagus

One of my favorite ways to cook veggies is by roasting them in the oven.  It brings out all the yummy flavors and it couldn’t be easier – toss with some olive oil, salt and pepper, pop in the oven for a few minutes, and you’re done! (more…)

Easy Tequila Lime Shrimp

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Entrees, Recipes | 2 comments

Limes on tree

Limes, limes, everywhere! This is how crazy our lime tree has been. I’ve been researching all types of recipes using lime, trying to use up all the fruit the tree is making. I found an easy tequila lime shrimp recipe, it’s definitely going to be part of my regular rotation of dishes.


Easy Chia Seed Pudding

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks, Desserts | 6 comments

We were in Italy last month, where I had chia seed pudding for the first time.  Chia seed pudding has been around for a while now, but I never had the urge to try it until that day in Italy….it was hot…we’d been walking around all day…and I wanted to munch on something that was tasty, healthy, and not too heavy (never mind that I was also eating a bowl of ravioli at the same time – it’s Italy!).  The pudding was so good, and I loved that it was full of fruit – very refreshing.

Easy Chia Seed Pudding 2


Easy Bloody Mary Mix

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Drinks, Recipes | 0 comments

We have a super productive lime tree in our yard.  This tree never stops producing limes!  A recent picking yielded all this:




Easy Chinese New Year Recipes

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Chinese, Entrees, Holiday | 0 comments

This year, Chinese New Year will be a much more organized affair, since I have been researching easy Chinese New Year recipes BEFOREHAND, instead of having an having an “oh-shit-Chinese-New-Year-is-in-two-days-I-want-to-make-something-but-what???” moment.  For me, celebration = lots o’food so having my list means I’m ready to get my party on!

Here’s a roundup of easy Chinese New Year recipes for your celebration!


Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Chinese, Entrees, Holiday | 1 comment

 Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Chinese New Year is almost here!  This year, Chinese New Year is on February 19.  Not wanting to get caught off guard like I usually am with Chinese holidays, I’ve been researching recipes for a while and decided to try my hand at making Shrimp with Lobster Sauce.


Chinese Hong Shau (Red Cooked) Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Chinese, Entrees | 1 comment

Chinese Hong Shau Chicken

I’ve been experimenting a lot with Chinese recipes recently, trying to find easy Chinese recipes that still taste pretty authentic. Sadly, many of my experiments are on their nth iteration, and still need more work (mapo tofu is majorly getting on my nerves), but good news! This hong shau chicken recipe is a winner! Traditionally, hong shau recipes use pork belly, so substituting chicken makes this recipe healthier and lighter. And since it uses the slow cooker, this recipe is SO EASY. There is barely any prep! Just throw everything in the slow cooker and let it simmer away.


Easy Cooking Tips: How to Cut Corn Off the Cob

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

I’ve been eating lots of fresh corn this summer (I cannot resist when something is on sale for $0.25.  Yes, I’m cheap.) and I learned a really cool easy cooking trick from scouring the interweb for easy corn recipes.  The Amateur Gourmet is a blog I read, and it had a great tip for how to cut corn off the cob, which I was definitely in need of since every time tried to cut corn off the cob, it was kernels freaking everywhere.


Here’s the tip: put a small bowl or dish upside down in a larger bowl.  Prop the corn cob on the small bowl, and use a knife to slice the kernels off the cob.  The kernels will tumble into the larger bowl instead of all over your cutting board/countertop/floor.  Yay!  Kernels corralled.


Easy Way to Cut Corn 2