• Food-Desserts

    Halloween Butter Cookies

    The day before halloween , i made these cute butter cookies . They’re easy to make , just takes time when you decide to ice them . Personally , i love the plain butter cookies , little sugar sprinkles is okay , but not with icing . But my son loves the ones with icing , of course .. what kid wouldn’t like icing on cake or cookies ? So i ended up making pumpkin , bat and moon shape of butter cookies , i knew i had skeleton shape somewhere but who knows where i couldn’t find it . Unfortunately , it didn’t go as i planned , i…

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    Spicy Meatballs

    Ingredients : 1 lb of ground turkey 1 package of sweet and spicy italian sausage , remove from the casing( about 5 links ) 3 slices of bacon , chopped well 3 cups of diced bread , to be put into the food processor to make bread crumbs 2/3 cup of 1% milk 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese ( just cut them small dice and put them in the food processor using steel blade ) 2 large eggs 1 tsp. of salt 1 1/2 tsp . of ground pepper 1 tsp. dried oregano pinch of ground red pepper / red pepper flakes…

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    Spicy Meatballs w/ Linguine

    I made this meatballs for dinner , it wasn’t hard to make at all . Instead of using ground beef , i used ground turkey , you can say i try to eat better , but not really .. since i added another package of sweet and spicy italian sausage . The result ? It’s like the best meatballs i ever had !! Delicious and yummy .. not to mention they’re big LOL .. Oh another thing .. not to mention my kitchen doesn’t get messy .. because these balls were baked in the oven !!! Made the bread crumbs myself too , and also made our home made pasta…

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    Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

    Ingredients : 2 -28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes , crushed by hand and use the juices 1 large onion , chopped 4 cloves of garlic , chopped 2 tsp. of balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 tsp . of salt 1/4 cup of tomato paste 1/2 tsp.  of crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp.  of dried basil leaves 1/4 tsp. dried italian seasonings 3 whole heads of peeled and roasted garlic 1. Heat olive oil in a pot , add chopped onion , cook about 4-6 minutes , add garlic and cook for 1 minute ,keep stirring , add tomato paste , balsamic vinegar , salt , italian seasonings and basil…

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    Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

    All i can say is delicious !!! A long time ago when i was just started learning to cook , i depend on jar sauce , not knowing how nasty jar sauce / store bought sauce tastes like . That’s all i knew .. that’s all we know , we thought all pasta sauce should taste like store bought / jar sauce . Boy .. was i wrong !! What have i been missing for all those years ? After my son was born , i obviously started to spend more time to learn to cook and bake , and that includes making a home made pasta sauce . Yes…

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    Vanilla Poached Pears

    1 (750-ml) bottle white wine, Riesling or Viognier 1 cup water 5 ounces vanilla sugar, approximately 3/4 cup 1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped 1 cinnamon stick 4 firm Bartlett, Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled leaving the stem intact Directions Place the white wine, water, sugar and vanilla bean and pulp into a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Core the pears from the bottom. Decrease the heat to medium low and place the pears into the liquid, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the pears are tender but not falling apart. Maintain a gentle simmer. Remove the pears to a serving dish,…

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    Chicken Milanese & French Onion Soup

    Made french onion soup tonight , with chicken milanese topped with fresh spinach for dinner . I love french onion soup , who doesn’t like french onion soup ? When i heard people saying yuck to french onion soup .. i would think they never taste a great home made french onion soup . I had canned french onion soup and of course it doesn’t have a great taste like a homemade soup does .. of course it would traumatize you enough to think that french onions soup is yuck .. Anyway .. this homemade onion soup is super good , especially when you put them under the broiler to…

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    Butternut Squash Soup

    I tried making butternut squash with rigatoni and shrimp few years ago . We didn’t like very much .. Nicholas did though . But not us .. So , i was not too sure about making this butternut squash soup , but was tempted to try it . Especially that butternut squash was pretty cheap at the farmers market . Tempted , so i ended up buying it , it only costs me $0.91 for 2 lbs of butternut squash . It looks cute too with the shape .. LOL This soup turned out to be delicious , i like it !! I certainly don’t mind making this again in…

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    Sausage Chili

    Ingredients : 2 lbs of andouille sausage  , or any hot sausages ( you can always use 1 lb sausage and 1 lb ground beef too ) 2 cups of chopped onion 2 tbsp. of minced garlic 1 tbsp. of essence of emeril 2 tbsp. of chili powder 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 bottle ( 12 ounce ) dark beer 1 -28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes , crushed and use the juices too 3 tbsp. of tomato paste 2 cups of chicken broth 1 tbsp. of sugar 1 can of hot chili beans grated cheese and green onion to garnish 1. In a heavy pot , heat oil ,…

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    Sausage Chili

    Originally i was going to make traditional chili , the one with ground beef .. but for some reason when i was in the shower .. ( yes , strange time to think about cooking stuff ) , i thought about what if i put sausage in there too . Well .. i did .. i ended up making sausage and ground beef chili . Put 1 lb of each and it turned out delicious !! The preparation does not take long at all either , the cooking part isn’t a big of a deal , and once you get it all going , leave it to simmer for half…

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    Indonesian Ginger Chicken

    It is called Indonesian , but i cannot recall i had this back in indonesia .. but who knows . Who cares ? Everything was good .. this meal was good and super easy to make . I just had to marinate it last night , overnight , and baked it this morning after i got home from the gym . It is a great idea especially for busy day like today , when i had to be at the gym , and then picked up Nic , and had swimming tonight and my husband had to leave work in the late afternoon , so this dish was perfect choice…

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    Scallops Provencal

    Tonight i made Scallops Provencal . I bought them yesterday when we went grocery shopping . Living in the midwest .. chances are you can’t get any fresh seafood . I saw sea scallops , except they’re expensive , they’re like $14.99 / lbs , also it’s end of season too , so that could be why it’s quite expensive . I settled with Bay scallops , which was actually not the best choice . The recipe calls either bay or sea scallops , but i am sure sea scallops would be better for this dish . Very easy and quick , it doesn’t even take longer than 15-20 minutes…

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    Butternut Squash Soup

    1 Butternut squash, about 2 pounds 2 tablespoons peanut oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno pepper 2 cups chicken stock 1/4 cup heavy cream Directions Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Peel the squash and cut into 1 inch pieces. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the carrot, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute, and then add squash, jalapeno…

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    Oven Baked Fried Chicken & Sauteed Bok Choy

    Who doesn’t like fried chicken ? I think we all do , except they’re not always the healthiest choice of meal . Well .. this time i made oven baked fried chicken , instead of deep frying it , i baked them in the oven . Used Japanese breadcrumbs for the breading , it was good . But i think i prefer the one with cornflakes breading . For the side dish , i made sauteed bok choy , this is a chinese style side dish . Easy and quick , just like the chicken , serve everything with rice and you have a complete meal . For recipe oven…

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    Sauteed Bok Choy

    There is no exact measurement for this recipe , i just eye ball it 2 bundles of bok choy 1 chicken thigh fillet soy sayce all purpose flour or cornstarch 3 cloves of garlic oyster sauce sesame oil vegetable oil sugar , salt and pepper 1. Cut the chicken fillet , add soy sauce and cornstarch , mix well , let it sit for a while 2. In a skillet , heat vegetable oil , add garlic , stir for 1 minute , add sugar , salt and pepper , add the chicken , cook for few minutes , add little water , let chicken cook for few more minutes…

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    Uptown Down Home Chili

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 pounds ground sirloin 2 tablespoons grill seasoning (recommended: McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning) a palm full 1/2 pound baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped 1/4 pound shiitake mushroom caps, sliced 1 medium yellow skinned onion, chopped 3 ribs celery, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped, with their juices or 1 generous palm full ground chipotle chili powder, about 2 tablespoons 1 tablespoon ground cumin, half a palm full 1 bottle imported beer (recommended: Stella Artois (…imported just ’cause we’re Uptown and that’s all they drink here.)…

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    Herbed Rice

    1 cup uncooked long-grain (white) basmati rice (recommended: Texmati) 1 3/4 cups water 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons minced fresh curly parsley leaves 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill leaves 1 tablespoon minced fresh scallions, white and green parts Pinch freshly ground black pepper Directions Combine the rice, 1 3/4 cups water, the salt, and butter in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce the heat to low, stir once, and simmer, covered tightly, for 15 minutes. (I need to pull the pot half off the burner to keep it from boiling over.) Turn off the heat and allow the rice…

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    Scallops Provencal

    1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour, for dredging 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided 1/2 cup chopped shallots (2 large) 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/3 cup dry white wine 1 lemon, cut in 1/2 Directions If you’re using bay scallops, keep them whole. If you’re using sea scallops, cut each 1 in half horizontally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss with flour, and shake off the excess. In a very large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over high heat until sizzling and add the scallops in 1 layer. Lower…

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    Chicken Fried Steak

    I never made chicken fried steak before , this was my first time . My son Nicholas loves chicken fried steak , but it was from the frozen dinner box . Which obviously , not good for your body , but he kept saying he likes chicken fried steak . So , originally last night i was going to make this chicken fried steak . I thawed out the meat , which was bottom round meat and sliced against the grain and it was all ready , except my husband , Jay and I ended up having a night out alone . Didn’t get the chance to cook this last…

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    Parker House Rolls

    I made parker house rolls before , but this one is definately the best i ever had . It is so light and fluffy and not to mention it’s sweet . It almost tastes like Hawaiian Sweet Bread .. or maybe i should call it .. ” Almost Hawaiian Sweet Bread ” LOL .. Like any other bread making , it takes time and patience , especially when you do it manually . Luckily i have a bread machine to do the dough for me . Although it took a little preparation , warming up the milk , mixed with butter , and proofing the yeast , but it’s not…