Mexican Green Chili Pepper & Pork Wontons

Mexican Wontons made with Green Anaheim Chiles, Cilantro, and Ground Pork

Picture it:  6:30pm on a Thursday night, and I had a bunch of Anaheim chilies that I needed to use before they went bad, a package of wonton skins, and a pound of ground pork.  Originally, I was thinking of making a Mexican inspired meat loaf… but standing there at the kitchen counter, it just didn’t sound [...]

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels with Rosemary and Pink Himalayan Salt

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels

I love fresh baked soft pretzels!   There is something intoxicating about the smell of the baking dough…  and when you bite into one, hot from the oven, the soft interior combined with the crispy bite of salt on the top…. YUM! My trick when making home baked pretzels is to use beer in place of [...]

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce


Over Thanksgiving, we decided to skip the turkey… and took a cruise down to the Caribbean instead.  Our second port-of-call was Phillipsburg, on the Dutch side of St. Martin.  We took a tour over to the French side of the island, and stopped for lunch in the seaside town of Marigot.  Now, after eating cruise [...]

Harumaki: Japanese Spring Rolls with Spam


(Original Post Date:  April 17, 2010) What is Harumaki?  It’s a Japanese Spring Roll.  And what would a Mika recipe be without the use of Spam?  Haha!  Now that I’m on a Spam kick, I seem to be finding myself using it in everything pork-related these days… Spam Harumaki: 1 can Spam Lite 9 oz [...]

Prize-Winning Spam Gyoza. Yes, Spam!

Spam Gyoza

(Original Post Date:  Feb 19, 2010) Last weekend was my friend’s bridal shower.  We were asked to bring one of our best dishes to share, and a copy of the recipe for the bride-to-be.  The bride-to-be was going to choose her favorite food item, and the winner to receive a special prize.  I resolved to [...]