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Tip: Easy Way to Cut Corn Off the Cob

Posted by on Sep 29th, 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 preparation 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

 

Tip: Restaurant Recommendations Made Easy with OneDay!

Posted by on Sep 10th, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Sometimes I don’t realize how inefficient I am until someone shows me a better way. Like when people ask me for restaurant recommendations.

What I used to do: 1) Search my email for the last time I sent someone my recommendations list. 2) Add to the list with whatever my brain can conjure up at the moment that I think that person might like. 3) If I have time, look on Yelp to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Of course, my email is so super organized that I can instantly find the email I’m looking for. Not!

What I do now: Pull up a map from OneDay and share it! So much easier!

Jenni-Chinese-food

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Summer Squash, Corn and Quinoa Salad

Posted by on Aug 7th, 2014 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks, Entrees | 0 comments

Summer Squash Corn Quinoa Salad

I have been so excited seeing all the summer produce at the farmer’s market this summer. I go almost every Sunday, and it never gets old. Squash, corn, tomatoes, strawberries, plums…I want to buy everything! Some are so freaking cute, I can’t help myself – like these summer squash. I’ve never cooked with them before, I don’t even know what they’re called, but I wanted them.

Summer Squash Corn and Quinoa Ingredients

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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, Sides & 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, Sides & 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, Sides & 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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