Sicilian Meatballs


For the longest time, I have only made spaghetti with meat sauce, never meatballs. That is until my recent visits to Sicilian Butcher in Scottsdale. For whatever reason, I never like meatballs. In my first few visits to Sicilian Butcher, I did not cast my eyes on this item on the menu. Several weeks ago, we dropped into Sicilian Butcher Read More

Aperol Spritz


We were at North Italia in Scottsdale. I saw the waiter brought big ballon glass filled with a bright and inviting cocktail to the next table. That surely is a cocktail calling my name. I ordered one. Sparkling, refreshing, sweet, tart, and bitter! It’s everything I like in a cocktail, especially the lingering bitters. From now on, I have to Read More

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

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

Bak Wan Kepiting Cabbage Rolls


I stumbled upon Cabbage Rolls while browsing the web. They look like exqusite delicacies, and is a dish that is common to the cuisines of Europe, Asia, and Africa. I decided my Cabbage Rolls will be stuffed with Bak Wan Kepiting (Pork and Crab meatball soup) from Mrs Leong’s The Best of Singapore Cook Book. This certainly takes a lot Read More

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

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

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

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

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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