Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ganache Cake

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ganache Cake

For the last few weeks, I’ve been on a mission to use up all the items in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.  I have way too much stuff in the cupboards… and it seems like a waste to go shopping and not use up what I already have!  Among those items… half a bag of [...]

Misoyaki Salmon Fillet with Sizzling Soy Vinaigrette

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I think that I’ve mentioned before one of my favorite restaurants is Roy’s (a Hawaiian fusion restaurant opened by chef Roy Yamaguchi).  At Roy’s, they have a dish called “Misoyaki Butterfish” – it’s a very soft white fish marinated in a salty/sweet miso teriyaki, served with a tangy citrus vinaigrette.  If you ever have a chance [...]

Quick (Small Batch) Microwave Lemon Curd

Quick (small batch) Microwave Lemon Curd

Every now and then, I need a small amount of lemon curd for a recipe – and I don’t want to make a big huge batch.  In those instances, I will use this recipe (below) for a very quick cooking microwaved lemon curd, instead of using my more time consuming big batch lemon curd recipe.  The [...]

Grilled Rack of Lamb using a Big Green Egg (Kamado style) BBQ Grill

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Happy Spring!  Now that the season has started (and Easter is coming up) – I’m seeing rack of lamb for sale everywhere!  This past weekend, our good friends invited us over for an impromptu dinner of pan-seared rack of lamb and lobster mashed potatoes.  Yum!  (It was so good – he seared the lamb in [...]

Strawberry Shortcake Martini/Cocktail Mix

Strawberry Shortcake Martini Mix

Recently, we attended a wonderful family wedding… and afterwards, there was a TON of leftover vodka.  We had one full 1.75L bottle… PLUS another almost-full 1.75L bottle of vodka.  Since the bride and groom are from out of town and couldn’t bring all the leftovers back home… we ended up with all of it!  What [...]

Korean Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon)

Haemul Pajeon (Korean Seafood Pancake)

Here’s a tasty Korean snack recipe… “Haemul Pajeon” or “Korean Seafood Pancake“.  This delicious savory pancake is prepared with a simple batter, mixed seafood, and chopped green onions – gently pan-fried until crispy and served with a sesame-soy dipping sauce.  It’s a great dish to eat when it’s cold and rainy out (so it’s perfect [...]

Microwave Fried Egg

Microwave "Fried" Egg

Sometimes for breakfast I like to have a single fried egg on an English muffin – but I don’t really want to go through all the trouble to actually take out a pan and fry an egg!  When I tried to microwave eggs in the past… they always exploded all over the microwave and made [...]

Ombré (Blue or Pink) Baby Shower Gender Reveal Cake

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Recently, a friend of mine asked me to bake a cake for a small gender reveal gathering of close friends and family.  I guess all the bakeries she contacted will not bake a blue or pink cake… they will only use blue or pink filling for a white cake (which she didn’t want).  I can [...]

Homemade Passionfruit and Apple Cider syrup cocktails: The Avenue & The Ciderhouse Whiskey

Homemade syrup cocktails:  "Ciderhouse Whiskey" served on the rocks, and "The Avenue" served up

Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at craft cocktails… trying to come up with interesting and delicious drinks to serve to my friends when they come over for dinner!  I’ve made a bunch of different martinis that have had good reviews… the Roy’s Hawaiian Martini, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Drop Martini, Pear Martini, and the Thai Coconut Lemongrass [...]

Purple Sweet Potato Casserole (Purple Yam Casserole)

Purple Sweet Potato Casserole

About a year ago, I started getting a farm box of produce delivered to my door once a month.  (This is a really great way to try interesting and weird produce that the regular market doesn’t carry.)  Well, last winter, I ordered “purple yams”… and wow, those were soooo good!  I made a sweet buttery [...]