Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

Ahh, November!  Around here… whenever this time of year comes around, it means crisp fall weather, Santa Ana winds… and cold/flu season!  :(  Last week, I came down with a terrible cold.  I was so incredibly miserable, and I found myself craving the Mexican chicken soup that we usually get at a local hole-in-the wall [...]

Pumpkin & Chicken Chili

Pumpkin & Chicken Chili... a warm and hearty fall stew!

Happy Halloween!  Earlier this week, I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Cornbread – a slightly sweet cornbread that you can make with leftover pumpkin puree.  Today, I’m posting a recipe for Pumpkin and Chicken Chili – another way to use leftover pumpkin – which goes really well as a main dish with the pumpkin cornbread. [...]

Pumpkin Cornbread

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It’s fall!  That means that pumpkin puree is on sale in many markets (I saw canned pumpkin on sale for $1.99/can, and sugar (pie) pumpkins at 2 for $5 at the market yesterday.)  But what can you do with pumpkin puree besides making pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie?  At some point, I get sick of [...]

Harusame with Pork (Japanese stir-fried glass noodles with pork)

Japanese stir-fried Harusame (glass) noodles with pork

Harusame are Japanese vermicelli noodles made from mung bean starch.   These noodles can be stir-fried, served cold/room temperature as a side dish, or can be used in soups.  (The noodles themselves are gluten free, which makes them a good option for those individuals with Celiac disease.**)  I like to stir-fry harusame with pork and [...]

Stuffed filo pastries

Stuffed Filo Pastries

Here is a quick and easy (but impressive) bite sized dessert/appetizer that you can serve at a holiday party or get together – triangles of filo pastry, stuffed with… whatever you want!  I’ve made these little triangles with savory cheese filling, different types of meat fillings, and my favorite – dessert fillings like Nutella!  This [...]

Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao)

Spicy Thai Drunken Rice Noodles

A few months ago, I finally got a hand-hammered carbon steel wok to replace my old nonstick wok!!!  (The problem with a teflon coated (nonstick) wok is that it cannot be heated to high temperatures… and you end up sauteeing your food in the wok, rather than the quick high heat cooking that is required [...]

Homemade Green Tea Ice Cream

Homemade Green Tea Ice Cream

Tomorrow (Tuesday 9/23) is the fall equinox… which means that today is officially the LAST day of summer.  :(  Before we say goodbye to all the things that mean “summer” to us – I wanted to post one more ice cream recipe before we segue into all my upcoming autumn recipes.  Green tea ice cream [...]

Inside-out Carrot Cake Loaf (cream cheese filled carrot cake)

Inside out carrot cake

Several years ago, I posted a recipe for my favorite Carrot Cake.  This is a wonderful “special occasion cake” – but I don’t make it very often because it’s a lot of work to bake layers, fill, frost, and decorate.  Every now and then, I feel like eating carrot cake – but I just don’t [...]

Homemade Basil & Ricotta Cheese Manicotti (easy recipe made with crepes)

Fresh Basil and Ricotta Cheese Manicotti

Last week, I posted a recipe for how to make basic crepes at home using a simple batter of flour, eggs, butter, and milk.  One of my favorite dishes to make with a batch of crepes is homemade Manicotti.  Manicotti is an Italian dish, made by stuffing a savory ricotta cheese filling into either a [...]

Basic Homemade Crepes (How to make crepes)

Basic French Crepes

Crepes are the foundation of so many wonderful dishes and desserts!  Sweet crepes can be filled with jam, nutella, chocolate, fruit, whipped cream, custard… there are so many variations.  Just roll up or fold the crepe over whatever filling you like, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and top with whipped cream or ice cream.  Voila, dessert! [...]