Vegetarian Lasagna Southwestern Style

lasagnaRecently I met up for lunch with a vegetarian friend of mine. She is health and cost-conscious (successfully so, I might add) so she makes meals at home over the weekend to freeze for the week ahead. She told me about what she made in her last round of cooking and it sounded so awesome that I asked for the recipe to share here.

So I bring you… Vegetarian lasagna, Southwestern style! The beans, corn, cheese, and salsa layered between classic lasagna sheets give this dish a Mexican flavor. Whether you are vegetarian or not it is certainly worth trying. Continue reading

Priority One Clearing Shares Magazines for the Taste Buds

food magazineIf you are guilty of watching Food Network on a daily basis, you have indeed earned the foodie label. We recently learned the folks at Priority One Clearing Services are fellow foodies too. Although, the Priority One Clearing staff doesn’t need to visit restaurants and attempt to dissect each seasoning nuance. All they have to do is select a food magazine from their subscription options.

Now, if you want to cook as well as the experts on Chopped, all you need to do is consider the advice provided by the magazine experts at Priority One Clearing Services.

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It’s been a while…

gone awhileFinally, I started blogging again. This time around, I created a space which is more like a personal photo blog. Yes, can’t quit taking pictures. How about cooking? Still loves it but can only do food photography occasionally. Continue reading

Strawberry Bubble Tea and Sweet & Salty Popcorn

popcornRelaxing Sunday afternoon, mostly overcast sky with lucky sunny breaks in between, I revisited Finn Slough, a place not so far away from where I live, a tiny community with distinct looking wooden houses built along a marshy river bank. Every time I go there, I can’t stop imagining how life would be like in the old days when it was still a robust fishing village. The Finnish fishermen may be long gone, but what’s left are the remnants that merged with the landscape to create a unique place. Here are some of the pictures taken.

After a joyful afternoon with some new photos to process, I’d like to have something fun and refreshing as snack. Got a box full of local strawberries the other day. They were so juicy but still a bit tart. I also have some tapioca balls that I wanted to try out. So, I make some strawberry bubble tea, with all natural ingredients, no artificial milk and fruit powder as in a lot of other recipes suggested. Continue reading

Caribbean Chicken Wings

chicken wingsFinally got some time to finish off this post!. Once again, I rely on the food and its taste and color to make the bad weather go away. I am getting tired of this gloomy wintery spring. I want the bright and blooming sun, not the timid and shy one. I believe this Caribbean chicken can perform its magic. The sweetness and spiciness compliments each other perfectly, with the use of the citrus to brighten up the flavor, these chicken wings are scrumptious and addictive. Don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients. Just gather all the seasonings and put it in the food processor and the marinate is done. You do need some time to marinade the chicken, but the reward for waiting is big. The cooking process is hassle free. What can be simpler than baking and glazing!

I hope you will enjoy this easy recipe and let’s hope for better weather everywhere!! Continue reading

Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Lemon and chocolate desserts are two types of desserts that I love dearly. Lemon cheesecake is especially light and refreshing. Well, ‘light’ in terms of its flavor and month feel. But it still a cheesecake. To cut down the calories, I made four small lemon cheesecakes. I put the other three in the freezer and will test out different toppings later. Continue reading

Red Rice, Beef and Beans Burrito

My mom used to call me “rice bucket” when I was a kid. In Chinese, that means a person who like to eat a lot of rice. I could have lots of plain rice with just a little amount of other food. Rice was not a side dish to me, it was my main dish. But, this was no longer true. Having too much rice in the past made me opt for other type of staple food whenever possible. Until one day, I found out that there were so many other ways to cook different types of rice in other parts of the world. The result is usually extremely flavorful rice with distinguished texture depending on the type of rice you use. Having rice is not boring anymore. And once again, I become a “rice bucket”. Continue reading

Blueberry Drop Scones

When I was young, I owed very little. All my precious things could be put in a shoebox. They were some stickers I exchanged with my friends, some letters from friends, some cassett tapes and sheet music with songs I loved. I told myself at that time that, they were the things that would be taking with me if there was a fire at home.

As you grow older, your belongings grow with you as well. Besides the basic necessities, I have all these things spread around the house. Continue reading

Salmon, Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Took an afternoon walk. The warmth of the late summer evening sun was soothing and comforting. All my stress accumulated through the week disappeared.

You don’t have to travel far to find beauty. This community farm around my neighborhood looks differently under different lights and weather.

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Fresh Berry Tarts

Just finished two rounds of golf today (Sunday). An “All You can Golf” day for $25 at a nearby golf course has given me so much excitement and disappointment, so much fun and frustration, and so much joyfulness and soreness. Absolutely love this game! You have to be in focus in every single shot. You have only one chance to hit each shot. Clear your mind, relax and feel your body movement, try to duplicate what you have learned from driving range practice, but do not over-think;. swing and hit with a rhythm, and when you hear a sharp and crisp metal sound, your chance of having a pretty good shot is high. Continue reading