Back to Work Granola

How to make my work day a bit more fun? How to settle my growling stomach in the office? I need some sweet and healthy snacks! This granola is perfect for breakfast or snack at any time. It is with different varieties of nuts, maple syrup and honey as sweetener, and just 2 Tbsp of butter. I have been experimenting with different proportion of dry ingredients, sweeteners and oil for a long time. Continue reading

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For the past month, I have been living in my dream world.  Cooking, baking, making food looks pretty and taking pictures of pretty food, sharing those pictures with others. It has been so much joy.  But somehow, incident just happens that pull one back to the reality. An opportunity came. It was one of those that you would regret and feel guilty about it if you do not take it. It was a no-brainer decision. Continue reading

West Lake Beef Soup

Usually when I have no idea what to cook for dinner or if I need to whip up something really quickly, I go for Chinese food. You can almost stir fry any type of vegetables, put some meat in, and you have a dish in no time. But Chinese soup is different. The ones that my mom likes to make, with meat, vegetables and Chinese herbs, usually take 2 to 3 hours to simmer. And it is said that those type of soup have medical value. Continue reading

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Sometimes the lazy bugs just creep all over me. Over the Easter long weekend, we did not do our scheduled spring clean up, we did not fix our desperate looking plants in the front yard, we did not go for long walks with Yogi. I did not even have to cook. My MIL made a wonderful Easter dinner, as usual. And we had turkey leftover for a few meals. Finally getting tired of the leftover, we had to cook something, but no one wanted to go for grocery shopping. We took a look at what we had in the pantry, we found canned clams. Great! N likes clams sauce pasta, he even likes to cook it himself. So, this time N was the master chef and I was the sous chef. Continue reading

Chicken Fajitas and Guacamole

Sometimes I am reluctant to try new recipes, especially if I have a recipe that I like and approved by N. Anytime I try a new recipe, I have to have a backup plan. What if the picky eaters in the family do not like it? They will have nothing to eat. So, I buy more bread, or prepare a second dish, just in case. If it is a complicated recipe, it has to be coming from a trusted and reliable source. One of the reliable sources is the Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. I have several of their cookbooks, I subscribe to their magazine and their website and I watch their TV shows. I like that they tell you why something works and something does not work. And the outcome after you put in so much effort, is very good and approved by everyone in the family most of the time. But, the downside is that, their recipes usually involve a lot more steps than other recipes of the same dishes. They are definitely not 30-mins meals, although they do come up with a cookbook just for quick meal. Continue reading