• My Family’s Top 5 Go-to Dinners

    I’m really bad at meal planning. I hate having to think about what’s for dinner. I’d rather be playing with my kids and trying to tell my son he doesn’t have to hide in the same spot every single time. If I’m lucky, I remember and ask my husband what he’d like to eat a couple of days before we go to the market. If I’m really lucky, he tells me exactly what he wants. Most weeks, though, I ask him about 20 minutes before we head out the door and we stand around in the produce section wondering what to make. Our son gets impatient and becomes overly theatrical…

  • Want to try scampi, but don't enjoy seafood? Try using chicken instead.

    Chicken Scampi

    This post was originally published on April 27th for National Shrimp Scampi Day without pictures.  I don’t eat seafood. But we like chicken, lemon, butter, and pasta. So we don’t do shrimp scampi, but chicken scampi instead! We were watching The Pioneer Woman one day and she was making shrimp scampi with pasta. Now, my husband is a big fan of lemon butter sauce, but knows I absolutely will not touch seafood. Instead, loving husband that he is, he asked if I could make it with chicken. Of course I could make it with chicken! And it was so easy that, whenever my parents give us lemons from their tree…

  • Want a NY Style Pizza...but you don't live in NY? Try this recipe!

    Close to NY Style Pizza!

    Hello All! So I made an attempt to make NY style pizza at home. There is a small story to go with this recipe. I attempted this recipe three consecutive times. It is is NO WAY perfected. However, the third time did produce a very good tasting product. I love NY style pizza. I miss it. There are only a few places in LA that offer NY style pizza that is very similar to NY pizza. I think the sauce is very close. Kat has perfected it for general consumption with a variety of pastas, but we are trying to tweak it for the pizza. My first attempt, I actually…

  • Cooking Bone-In NY Strip

      I enjoy having steak! So I thought this week I’d share a nice recipe with you! There is a small story that goes along with this recipe. Many years ago, I was running at night. While completing my run, with two friends, I noticed Gordon Ramsay was also running that evening. At first I was not sure, so I walked over to introduce myself, and to see if it was him. It was! I shook his hand and said it was a pleasure and sheer luck to meet him. And then I was on my merry way home. This is a true story. My friends were in disbelief, but…

  • A variation of Rachael Ray's Spanish style beef and rice

    Rachael Ray’s Spanish Style Beef and Rice

    My mom has a habit of collecting recipes, and then never trying them out because she has so many. But her habit is my gain. There are times when my husband turns to me and says, “Let’s try something new this week.” On one hand, I love it because it means I can try a new recipe. On the other hand, I hate it because sometimes I don’t have anything in mind. Cue my mom’s binder of recipes. I’ll flip through it whenever I can, looking for inspiration or something new. This is one of those. It was tucked in the back of a pocket, forgotten, just waiting for me…

  • Pasta with Sausage Sauce

    This one is from my mom. Pasta was a family favorite growing up, but tomato sauce gets boring after awhile and my dad isn’t fond of cream sauces, so my mom started making this. It’s really simple and great if you enjoy vegetables because you can put just about anything you like in. The recipe below is the one my mom wrote down for me, the one she uses again and again. My husband and I don’t care for mushrooms, zucchini, and onions, so we leave them out. But we love bell peppers, so we use more of them. Really, the sauce comes from cooking and sweating the vegetables, so…

  • Asian Marinade

    Actually, I don’t really know what to call this. I don’t even know where my mom got it from. Maybe she made it up. I should ask one day. Being Chinese, and the daughter of a man who was born in China and raised in Hong Kong (so he really prefers Chinese food), we ate a lot of Chinese food. While my mom alternated between chicken, pork, and beef, the marinade she used didn’t vary much. I call it Asian Marinade here, but, in the recipe book my mom started for me, it’s under the recipe called Chicken and Tortillas (a favorite in my childhood home). This recipe calls for…