Coca Cola Chicken

Coca Cola Chicken

Here’s an easy weeknight dinner idea – a one pot recipe for chicken drumsticks or thighs.  For appetizers, this recipe also works well with chicken wings or drumettes.  You could substitute with chicken breast for a leaner meal – but I like using dark meat for the best flavor (and because dark meat doesn’t dry [...]

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

Years ago, we had a bunch of native sages growing in our front yard.  Among them, was Salvia columbariae, a.k.a. “Chia Sage”.  Many people don’t realize that the “chia seeds” that have become so popular in health food stores and farmer’s markets (also as Chia pets!)… are actually seeds from a sage plant native to [...]

Slow cooker Kalua Pork (crock pot Kalua Pig)

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If you have ever been to a Hawaiian luau, one of the main attractions is the preparation/serving of “Kālua pig” – a whole pig that is roasted using the “Kālua” method.  Kālua is a traditional cooking method in Hawaiian cuisine that uses a specially prepared underground oven, called an “imu“.  To make an “imu“, a large [...]

Homemade Kona Coffee Ice Cream

Homemade Kona Coffee Ice Cream

Today’s high (temperature) was 90 Degrees (F)!  (32.33 Degrees C).  That’s pretty hot for San Diego in April!  Growing up in “The Valley*”, a high of 90 Degrees wasn’t really a big deal… I mean we had days over 100 degrees pretty often.  Back then, we didn’t have “snow days”.  We had “heat days”.  But [...]

Low Sugar Fresh Strawberry Jam (How to make and water bath can strawberry jam)

Homemade Low-Sugar Fresh Strawberry Jam

Over the weekend, we visited the Carlsbad Strawberry Company‘s “U-Pick” strawberry fields.  For $20, they give you a large KFC sized paper bucket (and two adult admission tickets), and you can go down the rows of strawberries to pick and fill up your bucket.  This was a really fun experience – our little nephew had [...]

Decorated Cupcakes ideas for a Baby Shower: Fondant flowers and Baby Pea in a Pod


This past weekend, I made cupcakes for my sister-in-law’s baby shower.   I wanted to make something really special for them… and when my sister-in-law requested cupcakes, I figured I would try using fondant to make some cute decorations.  On pinterest, I saw a cute idea for “baby in a pea pod” cupcakes… and thought [...]

Mika’s Cooked Egg Yolk Butter Cookie Recipe

Egg Yolk Butter Cookies

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with baking.  Even in elementary school, if I saw a recipe that looked interesting, I would copy it down (with pen and paper – no iPhone to snap pictures back then!) and save it to try later.  I remember one of those moments, when I was in [...]

Mika’s Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

It was my brother’s birthday last week and instead of a birthday cake, he requested “Brownie Sundaes with Hot Fudge Sauce”.  I decided to use my favorite brownie recipe as the base for these sundaes and thought that this would be a good time to post an easy-to make hot fudge sauce recipe – one [...]

Homemade Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

The other day, Sprout’s Market had a special on mushrooms – a giant bag of baby bella mushrooms for less than $4.  I had a craving for Beef Stroganoff, and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to make it for dinner. When I was a kid, my mom used to make Beef Stroganoff with [...]

Fresh Tomato and Roasted Garlic Salsa

Fresh Tomato and Roasted Garlic Salsa

I have a potted jalapeno plant out on the patio – despite my neglect, this plant has produced so many jalapenos that I don’t know what to do with them.  So this week, I decided to try to make recipes to use them up – and I was craving chips and salsa.  I had plenty [...]