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A Practice Peking Duck


I’ve planned for a homemade Peking Duck for months with lots of research resulting in the purchase of a vertical roasting rack. I was totally convinced that a vertical rack is what will produce a perfect roast duck.  I came close, very close. Alas, I dropped the duck on the floor when I took it out of the oven! Sigh! Read More

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Pineapple Margarita


The mixologist in me has been very busy lately dreaming up of different twists to the margarita recipe. How about replacing the lime juice with fresh pineapple juice?! As pineapple varies in tartness and sweetness, adjust the lime juice and syrup as appropriate. I typically start with less lime juice and syrup than what the recipe calls for, and adjust Read More

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Grilled Corn with Truffle Cheese Salt


We signed up for a wine and food pairing experience at Williamson Wines in Healdsburg this summer. One of the memorable dishes I tried there was a simple corn salad with truffle cheese salt. The taste of truffle really shines through in this refreshing salad. This is a very simple dish, and if you have the grill on standby, fire Read More

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Tamarind Margarita


The first time I tried Tamarind Margarita is at Reposado in Palo Alto. Tamarind is known as assam (a Malay word) in South East Asia, and it is mostly used in dishes such as assam fish, assam laksa, and assam prawns. Its acidic and I love assam dishes, especially when used in Nonya cooking. But assam magarita? I’ve never heard Read More

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Mango Sago Pomelo


Updated Sep 21st, 2020 We hosted Ramesh and Vibhav for a backyard lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. A get-together with friends and family in 2020 is unusual to say the least. A clear sky with clean (good enough) air is also unusual in California after a disastrous summer of fire storms. We are ready to put summer and 2020 Read More

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Oven-baked Sambal Salmon Pockets


I wanted to create a sambal fish recipe for a while but had no luck with the white fishes I tried. The halibut and tilapi both tasted flat and failed the wow factor test. I picked up a package of BBQ salmon from Trader Joes last weekend. Its probably worth a try with a pink fish? WoW! The result is Read More

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Chilli Crab


Fulfilling the last request for family labor day get-together: Chilli Crab. I don’t have the guts to kill live crabs, so I bought cooked king crab legs from Costco instead. Preparing this dish really only involved cooking the sauce and tossing the cooked crab in the sauce. I saved the drippings from steaming lobster and added chicken broth to use Read More

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Lobster Roll


After addressing Ashley’s request for Omurice, I am off to prepare Lobster Roll for Hillary. We had Lobster Roll, Coleslaw, and Fresh Fruit Tart for our Labor Day brunch. I paid $60 at Costco for 8 lobster tails that weighed about 2 lbs in total. Not a bad deal. After much research on how to prepare lobster tail, I found Read More

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Lee’s Omurice


Finally, the family is coming together again over Labor Day weekend. Ashley arrived first and asked for Omirice. I looked up the recipe on the net; that creamy football-like omelette is a little daunting! Fried rice and runny omelette dressed in ketchup are the key components of Omurice. I am going to dress this dish in my childhood favorite ketchup Read More

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Chicken Curry Empanadas


When my mother-in-law was here to help take care of the kids, her friends taught her to make curry puffs with Betty Crocker Pie Crust mix. Whenever the craving strikes, she would send me to Lucky to pick up a box for her. She can whip up these comfort snack in no time. What’s a trip to Lucky in exchange Read More

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