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Braised Pork with Egg and Fried Bean Curd (卤蛋)


Updated: June 21st 2021 How time flies! I have cooked this dish many times since it was first published in 2015. It was always at the request of EK or the children. It is one of the most requested dish these days when the girls visit. I cooked it again this weekend and managed to capture the key steps with Read More

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Vegetarian Delight


Ashley was home last weekend. Now that she is working in Seattle, I can only see her a couple of times a year. I decided that I should cook a meal and also send her home with some frozen home-cooked food. We were worried that the food would be confiscated at the airport. Thankfully, she reported that she arrived in Read More

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Vegan Emerald Tofu Stir-Fry


Unlike regular tofu, thousand layer tofu slices have a special texture. Called 百页豆腐 in Chinese, when pan-fried, it is soft and chewy on the inside, and crispy on the outside. It’s texture is what makes this tofu very addictive. They can be found in the frozen section in Asian grocery stores. The whole family loves 百页豆腐, it’s best served vegetarian Read More

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Air Fried Brussels Sprouts


It was a fun weekend meeting new friends and catching up with old ones! One of those perks for getting vaccinated and getting it early! What a refreshing break from a year of shelter-in-place. If you are still on the fence about vaccination, consider the freedom you’ll get when all of us can hangout outdoor/indoor without fear, without masks. It’s Read More

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Blueberry Banana Bread


EK was complaining again that the refrigerator is overloaded. There is way more food than the two of us could eat before they have to be thrown out 😬. I needed to salvage the blueberries before they are moldy. There are also two sad-looking overripe bananas in the fruit bowl …. out came a blueberry banana bread. Our breakfast for Read More

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My Mother-in-law’s Omelette Soup


Lately, Hillary has been telling me she really appreciates that I send her home with soup on weekends. It’s weekend again and I am scratching my head what soup do I make this week? 🤔 How about grandma’s omelette soup! My mother-in-law took care of the kids after school during those growing up years. The girls often reminisces about the Read More

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Watermelon Margarita


We were introduced to watermelon margarita at Sol Cocina, one of our favorite happy hour hang out. It’s a warm spring day in Scottsdale and calls for a nice cocktail! I followed the bar tender’s suggestion and used El Jimador tequila and strained the watermelon juice to make sure it is pulp free. Cool and refreshing! Took the dog on Read More

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Durian Spring Rolls


My cravings for durian struck again. I wanted to make durian puffs but decided to go easy and picked up a pack of spring roll skin instead. Indeed this recipe takes much less work than durian puffs. When you are short on time and feeling dessert, this is a go to recipe if you have the ingredients on hand. Creamy Read More

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Asian Sesame Chicken


I love three cup chicken, but Hanna always complain that it is too oily.  I have resorted to this alternative recipe when I want to cook Chinese stewed chicken instead. Lots of ginger, no sugar👍, and still very flavorful with the reduced sesame oil. Ingredients 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thigh Chicken marinade 2 Tbsp light soy sauce 1 Tbsp Read More

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Apple Carrot Muffins


With a whole box of leftover shredded carrots sitting in the refrigerator, I decided to make carrot muffins for this week’s breakfast. Hanna did most of the work assembling the ingredients, mixing and dividing the batter into the muffin cups. These muffins turned out beautifully. She did a great job dotting the muffins with walnut chips. Top it with cream Read More

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