Sekihan (Japanese Sweet Rice with Azuki Beans)

Sekihan

Sekihan 赤飯  (Japanese red beans with sticky rice) was one of those savory dishes that I didn’t get to eat often as a child… but was a favorite!  Usually, we would only get sekihan on those special once in awhile trips downtown to Little Tokyo – which wasn’t that often since my mother would always [...]

Millionaire Margarita

Millionaire Margarita

At our favorite local Mexican restaurant, they have a wonderful margarita on the menu called the “Millionaire Margarita“.  How is this different from a regular margarita?  Well, most “basic margaritas” will have some combination of tequila, orange flavored liqueur (like triple sec/Cointreau), lime juice or sour mix, and sometimes a sweetener.  The “Millionaire Margarita”, on [...]

Beer Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Beer Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

One of my favorite ways to cook Bratwurst (a German sausage made of veal, pork, or beef) is to braise it with beer and sauerkraut.  This recipe is adapted from my dad’s method for making pork chops, from back home in Austria.  (If you don’t have Bratwurst, this is also a great way to make [...]

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 [...]