Chinese Dim Sum Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gou)

Chinese Taro Cake - steamed, then pan fried

Do you like Dim Sum?  I LOVE eating Dim Sum… my only problem is that I find the entire experience to be VERY stressful, so it’s a love/hate thing for me.  I find myself craning my neck backwards, looking for all the carts with the food that I want to eat… worried that all the [...]

Parmesan Creamed Spinach (Ruth’s Chris Creamed Spinach copycat recipe)

Parmesan Creamed Spinach - the perfect side to a beef roast or steak dinner

It is currently week two of San Diego Restaurant week.  During week one, we had dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Del Mar and were served an amazing creamed spinach casserole as a side dish, and I thought this would be a great new way to prepare spinach – something different from the spinach sauteed [...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

There is such a thing as having too much zucchini, apparently.  After a particular grocery store trip (where I purchased zucchini), I came home to find that not only was there already zucchini in the refrigerator (oops), but that a friend had also dropped off some baseball bat sized home grown zucchini!  Now, there are [...]

Yellow Squash & Pistachio Lemon Cake

Yellow Squash & Pistachio Lemon Cake

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re staring at a single squash, wondering, “What am I going to do with you?”  (Yeah…  Probably not.)  But that was me tonight, and I had no plan.  It was time to clean out the refrigerator – and I had one yellow squash, one lemon, a [...]

Crustless Quiche Florraine = ([(Quiche Florentine + Lorraine)/2] – Crust)

quiche florraine

(Original Post Date:  November 13, 2010) Sometimes I just can’t make up my mind.  Did I feel like making Quiche Lorraine? or Quiche Florentine?  Quiche Lorraine commonly calls for bacon, cheese, and onions.  Quiche Florentine on the other hand, usually calls for spinach and cheese.  Hmmm.  Why not combine them and use all those ingredients [...]

Leftover Jack-O’-Lantern: Field Pumpkin Puree for baking

field pumpkin puree

(Original Post Date:  November 02, 2010) Last year, our neighborhood didn’t do much for Halloween – with the exception of this one house down the street that went nuts with the lights and spooky decor.  This year, (not to be outdone by that one house again) every house in the neighborhood stepped it up, and [...]

Jack Skellington and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

roasted pumpkin seeds

(Original Post Date:  October 31, 2010) Halloween has always been my favorite holiday of the year…  free candy, spooky decor, horror movies – what’s not to love?  This year I decided to carve a trio of Jack-O’-Lantern’s from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  From left to right, we have:  1. The Pumpkin King,  2. Oogie [...]

The un-Zombie Tomato: Fried Heirloom Tomatoes

Fried Heirloom Tomatoes

(Original Post Date:  March 8, 2010) So I was at Trader Joe’s the other day, and right now they have these big cartons of heirloom tomatoes (about $5 per large carton).  You know, those imperfectly shaped, oddly striped, green/yellow/red tomatoes that you only ever see in a garden, but never at the actual market?  (They [...]