Tag Archives : American

Cranberry Orange Mini Bundts


I need to salvage the bag of cranberries left in the fridge since Christmas. I picked out a cup-full that are still in very good shape; hard, bright, and shiny. This is the result. If only the camera can also capture the smell… Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Makes 16 mini bundts Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 Read More

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Baked French Toast


The Oracle Bakery has been tempting me every Thursday with their Artisan Bread Order reminder email. I finally succumbed to temptation this week and ordered a loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Challah. The note says “Perfect for making weekend French Toast”. It reminds me of the Baked French Toast recipe that I have not touched for more than a year. It’s decadent to have Read More

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2014 Christmas Dinner Menu


A belated post for 2014. Better late than never… Now that the girls are home for the holidays and able to help (no homework over winter break! isn’t college fun?), I decided it is time to have a 100% home-cooked Christmas dinner. Our first attempt; no need to stand in line for hours at HoneyBaked, but I certainly stood in Read More

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Creamed Corn


Since the HoneyBaked store in Belmont closed a few years ago, I have make a one-hour trip to Palo Alto’s HoneyBaked every Thanksgiving/Christmas for our HoneyBaked Holiday Dinner. The primary target of the trip wasn’t the ham nor turkey, but HoneyBaked creamed corn! This year, I convinced EK that I will try to make creamed corn myself, so I can Read More

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Crab Cakes


Prepared this dish for the girls. This is one dish that all of them like and don’t get to eat at their college cafeterias. Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Ingredients 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tbsp heavy cream 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 egg Read More

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Cream of Mushroom Soup


I have been buying Campbell Cream of Mushroom soup for years until I discovered this recipe. Since then, this is the go-to solution whenever the craving calls. Occasionally, I substitute dried thyme and parsley for fresh herbs, but no more 1 can Campbell soup + 1 can water; gone are the college days … Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: Read More

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Oven Roasted Vegetables


  I was wondering how I would dress up the Five Spice Roast Chicken for the Christmas dinner. How about a spread of colorful roasted vegetable? The fun part of cooking this dish is to pick out the different vegetables that will make up the color wheel. I love the end result and it easily checks off another item on Read More

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Oven-baked Mashed Potatoes


Mashed potatoes is a must-have for our holiday dinner. It is easy to buy from any store, but given that I have set myself the challenge to prepare a 100% home-cooked holiday dinner, I have to do it myself this time. This is soft, creamy, and smooth when served hot. Make sure to stir in a little more milk, cover, Read More

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