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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, people!  I spent mine drinking cheap champagne with mango puree and playing board games with Husband and some friends. Then we watched the ball drop in Times Square while Jenny McCarthy made out with some dude in uniform. Her lipstick smeared all over his mouth and made it look like he was the Herpes King of 2013…. Awkward! Though not as awkward as Kathy Griffin trying to grab Anderson Cooper’s package all night…. (o_O)

It seems various cultures have some sort of “lucky” food you are supposed to eat on New Year’s Day. There’s noodles, pork, black-eyed peas, collard greens…  Koreans eat “duk mandu guk” (rice cake dumpling soup). When I was a kid, my mom would put my sisters and me to work making mandu while we watched the Rose Bowl parade on tv. She would pack most of them into the freezer for . . . → Read More

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Today was my first attempt at making prime rib. I was wrestling with what to prepare for dinner this holiday. We had ham at Thanksgiving so another one just didn’t sound appealing despite the fact that I LOVE ham… I was waffling between beef and lamb but couldn’t make up my mind. Xmas eve, I ventured to our local Bristol Farms where the guy behind the meat counter talked me into rib roast. I had entertained the thought of prime rib so this decided it.

I seasoned it with olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. 20121225-211122.jpg

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Asian Pear Ginger Tart

I love easy recipes. I also like changing them up to cater to my personal tastes. So when I came across Pioneer Woman’s easy apple tart, the gears in my mind started turning on how I could alter this recipe to make other similar desserts for different seasons and moods. I had some Asian pears sitting in my fridge that needed to be eaten. Those seemed like a good substitute. And instead of brown sugar, ginger sounded like a good idea. When I went to my BFF’s house to make Beef Wellington, we also made this Asian pear ginger tart.

I have to say, this was delicious. I really like the spicy note the ginger gave to the sweet pear. We were munching away at the leftover pears in the bowl and thinking how good a compote of this would go on pork chops.

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Beef Wellington

Happy Friday the 13th! The first one of 2012…

Yesterday, I got to visit my BFF, Sarah. She lives all the way in Temecula, a 2 hr trek from me so we don’t get to spend time as much as we would like. One of the things we share is our love of food; while I tend to eat out more, she cooks all sorts of goodies at home. So whenever we get together, food is definitely part of our visit. Sometimes we’ll go out for exotic cuisine and other times, we’ll cook together, something that started in our Academic Decathlon days in high school. This visit, we decided to tackle Beef Wellington, a dish both of us have been wanting to try for a while now. Of course, between my 4mth old and her two kids, 4yrs and 17mths, we may have been a little insane to take on . . . → Read More

Breaking in the Le Creuset – Braised short ribs

(To the tune of the “Chef’s Song” in “The Little Mermaid”) Le Creuset Le Creuset How I love Le Creuset Love to braise And to stew yummy meat…

For Christmas, Husband bought me my first piece of Le Creuset. I had been mentioning wanting a French oven for a while now; I guess repeating myself works on him!


I decided to make braised short ribs as my first dish using my red round 5qt. This would test it out on the stove and in the oven. Also, beef…something Husband loves and I had to make him food he would eat. I did some research on how to make braised short ribs and holy geebus, there’s a lot of recipes out there. In the end, I just sort of winged it based on what I . . . → Read More

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