Lettuce Wrap

This is one of Ashley’s favorite dish at the Chinese restaurants. If it is on the menu, it will be one of the first dishes on our table. Now that we don’t meet her often, and rarely goes to a Chinese restaurant with her, I wonder if it is still one of her favorite? Ingredients Sauce Lettuce Cups Directions

Yuan Xiao (元宵)

Ashley is home for Chinese New Year. Of all the CNY food that she likes, I know sesame-filled glutinous rice ball ranks at the top of her list. I have tried to make these dumplings many times but never had real success. The last failed attempt resulted in Inside-out Glutinuous Rice Balls 😂. I decided it’s time to give it Read More

Lee’s Army Stew

Hanna is back for CNY! She requested for baked beans and spam. Although I have been cooking this dish for a long time, it doesn’t have a name 🤔. I vaguely recall there is a dish named Korean Army Stew that included spam and baked beans. On googling, I realized that it has a much longer list of ingredients including Read More

Singapore Delights – Hokkien Mee, Laksa, and Onde Onde with Cookery Magic

My Christmas present from EK is a cooking class at Cookery Magic. It was a nice surprise as there are three dishes I really wanted to learn – Singapore Hokkien Mee, Singapore Laksa, and Onde Onde. I get to pick these three dishes and invite two guests to this private lesson. I invited Lynn and Janine to join us. Lynn Read More

Holiday Mushroom Rice

We were invited to a Christmas PJ Party hosted by Karen and Gus. Last year was the first time we attended the party; their place was setup like a winter wonderland. We were blown away by their effort in hosting this event and their hospitality. I have been looking forward to visit again this holiday. We showed up with mushrooms Read More

Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Planning Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake for the next Arizona Gourmet Club Meet. First attempt and it’s a charm 😊. Ingredients Directions

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Craving chiffon cake a lot and wanted to make a pandan flavored version. Tried twice. First with a nonstick pan and the cake fell out instantly when I flipped the pan over 😲. Lesson learned, never bake a chiffon cake in nonstick pan! Bought another aluminum tube pan and tried again. Success! Ingredients Directions

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Lately, I have an obsession with salad, especially Caesar Salad. Love the crunchy lettuce, tangy dressing, flavorful grilled chicken, salty Parmasean, and crispy croutons. This has become my go-to recipe whenever I need salad on the menu. Love it! ❤️ Ingredients Croutons Caesar Dressing Salad Directions Croutons Caesar Dressing Assembly

Easy Homemade Focaccia with Whipped Ricotta

Just before we left Scottsdale for the summer, we had dinner at etta that just opened up across the street. I was blown away by their Foccacio Bread and whipped Ricotta with Honey dip. I’ve never seen a cylindrical foccacio and never tasted it with ricotta and honey. The bread was actually slit at the bottom and we just needed Read More

Passion Fruit Margarita

Mama Judy gave me a bag of passion fruits just before I left California. I rarely see passion fruits in the store and these are growing in her backyard😯! Priceless gift! Upon arriving in Scottsdale, I have been itching to make some magarita with these home grown passion fruits. Tonight is the night. Success on first attempt! Ingredients 4 Tbsp Read More

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