Chicken Parmesan (Chicken Parmigiana)

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is a really easy Italian dish to make for dinner – it works well for a casual family meal… or can make a nice main dish to serve at a dinner party.  (Pair it with a side of pasta and a garden salad.) To bread the chicken, you can use the breadcrumbs of [...]

Roy’s Hawaiian Martini (official recipe)

Roy's Hawaiian Martini

One of my most favorite cocktails is Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian Martini (from Roy’s, a popular upscale Hawaiian fusion restaurant).  It’s a potent cocktail, and at about $12 per glass… somewhat pricey… but considering how good (and strong) it is – you usually only need one!  Roy’s is one of my favorite restaurants down in La [...]

20 ideas to use up leftover Thanksgiving Turkey (What to do with leftover turkey)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  This year I made a big humongous 22 pound turkey… and even after giving away leftovers for family to take home, I still had a ton of leftover meat.  Yesterday, we ate Thanksgiving 2.0 for lunch, and today we had Thanksgiving 3.0.  I don’t want to eat Thanksgiving [...]

Fresh Homemade Pumpkin Pie (from scratch)

Homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is almost here… and I’ve been slowly getting ready for the big feast on Thursday.  I plan to make most of the side dishes on Wednesday… but the pumpkin pie and other desserts can be made up 2-3 days in advance to help save time on Thanksgiving Day.  My husband always says, [...]

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 [...]