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Boiling it down–Tips for making chicken stock Boiling it down–Tips for making chicken stock

A glorious blue morning*. The greyish-blue hue on the white blinds pulled me outside with camera in hand to capture this photo. Back in the kitchen, still wearing my PJ, I poured myself a cup of coffee and then filled a pot with water, enough to cover some chicken bones, leftovers from last night’s roasted […]

Letting go Letting go

Sometimes I have to force myself to look the other way. And not try to fix everything. Micro-manage. Be perfect. … OK, I think I better fix this now.

Chocolate hazelnut lil’ cake/giant cookie Chocolate hazelnut lil’ cake/giant cookie

I’m not sure whether this cake should be filed under “small cake” or “big cookie”. I’ve seen people complain (about a similar cake, on other sites) that it is actually a big cookie. Well, the title did claim it was, well, cake… I guess that led them to develop some, you know, expectations. However and […]

What life really looks like What life really looks like

One might try to take a pretty, perfect, photo of a cake—chocolate hazelnut! (Coming next.) But behind the scene, this is really what life looks like… Well, in any case, this is how mine looks like… ***

3 dinners in one, or 1 predictable dish = 3 meals! 3 dinners in one, or 1 predictable dish = 3 meals!

Some dishes, I think, are just too predictable, too obvious to even be mentioned to others—“Hey! Guess what I cooked today?”—and certainly they are not to be blogged about! Talk about roasted chicken. Or even braised chicken. They just seem to be too… (Fill in the blank), because I/we assume that everyone knows how to […]

Dinner tonight, or tomorrow Dinner tonight, or tomorrow

Hi, I thought I’d drop you a quick note. An idea for a quick dinner tonight. OK, you can make it tomorrow… Go shopping today. Beef bulgogi and Teriyaki fried rice. The beef bulgogi is cut into small pieces and is quickly cooked in a skillet—no need to go outside to the freezing cold and […]

How to roast a chicken How to roast a chicken

  When I started writing this blog about 2.5 years ago, I didn’t know what a blog was. I started it only as a way to keep in touch with some parents who had attended a session I gave about kids and food, picky eaters, and planning a weekly dinner menu (something that I have […]

Pork tenderloin stroganoff Pork tenderloin stroganoff

Mr. Husband cooked this recipe for the first time a few months ago. The kids and I returned home late in the evening after a play date at our friends’ house to find the house smelling heavenly from this dish. The aromas hit my nose the second I stepped out of my car in the […]

Mishmash pasta dishes Mishmash pasta dishes

I love mishmashed pasta dishes like this one. With Israeli couscous, bacon, artichokes, corn, mushrooms, fresh herbs, some lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil… What’s not to like? Or how about this one with kale, toasted pine nuts, a bit of cream, and parmesan? Simple. Clean. (Recipe here) I love to take my big skillet […]

Gingerbread houses in Seattle 2010 Gingerbread houses in Seattle 2010

We almost didn’t make it to see the gingerbread houses in Seattle this year. The exhibit ends in 2 days. But the Sheraton’s Gingerbread House Village had become a yearly family holiday tradition since 2008. In case you don’t know, the gingerbread houses are made with all edible ingredients like candy, sugar, and graham crackers. […]