Seafood, Chicken, and Chorizo Paella

I tried paella at the Catal Restaurant in Anaheim several years back. It was a flavorful blend of rice, meat, vegetable, and seafood, all in one dish. Since then, if there is paella on the menu, it is always hard to resist. I attempted paella at a gourmet club meet a few years back without success. Since then, my 14″ Read More


Guacamole is one of those must-have with Mexican food. It is so easy to make and you can never have too much guacamole. I like my guacamole to be a little chunky. Always use avocado that gives slightly when pressed. Those are just riped enough to be mashed and yet not too mushy. The best way to enjoy guac is to Read More

Chipotle Chicken Burger

I couldn’t get enough of the Chipotle Chicken I made last weekend, so here is another twist to this Mexican gem. I woke up early in the morning to prepare the marinade and season the chicken. All the pounding and blending woke EK up. But he says the burger is so good, it has more than made up for his Read More

Chipotle Chicken Bowl

I was introduced to ‘naked’ burrito by a colleague at Oracle. Why ‘naked? It’s burrito without skin:) Since then, 200 cafe is my default lunch stop. There are weeks that I eat the same naked burrito 4 times a week, and it still tastes just as good as ever. The server at the burrito counter knows exactly the combo of Read More

Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo is the kind of food that really appeals to my taste buds. Load them on tortilla chips or burritos, it makes anything it goes on especially tangy and refreshing. I thought this recipe makes a huge serving, but the three of us at the dinner table had to exercise some self control before we clean up the Read More

Avocado Crema

I’ve always loved guacamole. Little did I know that it has a cousin called Avocado Crema that is just as delicious. I tried this recipe as part of my Mexican cooking this weekend. This one is a keeper. Tastes good as a dip with tortilla chips and goes well on salad and burritos. Easy and delicious! Ingredients 1 avocado 1/2 Read More

Hanna’s Meat Loaf

I make home-cooked organic food for my pet dog Nike. Meatloaf is on the rotation every other week. Packed with ground turkey, brussel sprouts, carrots, kaiser rolls, eggs, and milk, it is in everyway much healthier than a lot of food we eat everyday. Many times, the girls will tell me they want to eat Nike’s meat loaf. This weekend, Read More

Molten Lava Cake

When the girls were running the catchthegivingbug charity club in high school, I used to make dozens and dozens of these lava cakes for their bake sale to raise funds for Plan USA. We sold them at $3 a piece (standard muffin size), and they were snatched up in no time by hungry high-school students. Looking back, those were crazy Read More

Sunshine Smoothie

Ashley told me she is the Smoothie Queen. I like to challenge her title with this Sunshine Smoothie. I used my favorite Cara Cara orange with frozen banana, mango, and strawberries. Cut and freeze the fruits the night before, and the next morning, enjoy a power start to the day in minutes. Ingredients 1 frozen banana, in bite-size chunks 1 Read More

Pan Seared Salmon with Cucumber Slaw

I was hooked on the Sesame Salmon bites from Three Restaurant and Bar after the first visit. Those salmon bites are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. They are so good that I hardly ever try any other items on their menu. This is my attempt to recreate the dish at home so that I Read More

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