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Creamy broccoli soup : vegan

Are we carnivore or vegetarian by nature?…. ‘Drink soy milk, no, soy is bad for you. So is Tofu. Yogurt and peanuts are evil’…>.<….I read so many books on this and still haven’t got the answer. It’s like a religion – you question and debate all day long but no one knows the truth….So what the heck, I’m going to eat whatever that taste good to me. I have a group of friends, one of them is a vegan, one of them is a vegetarian, one of them only eats chicken, and their boyfriends and husbands are meat eaters. So when they want to come over for dinner……I say….’Aghhhhh….Let’s go out!’
I eat meat  but I do enjoy good vegetarian/vegan dishes. I love sweetness of coconut oil based dish and my tummy feels good after eating them. Believe it or not, my favorite place to go out is either raw food restaurant (Alchemy arts center) or vegan restaurant (Adama vegan) and I eat gluten free toasts. HaHa 🙂 Enjoy this creamy, vegan, gluten free deliciousness! Now, if you would excuse me, I’m going to make my way back to the freezer and get a scoop of full-fat dulce de leche ice cream.

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Celebrating New Year : Homie style

In Korea where I grew up, one of the biggest celebration is New Year’s day. Solnal is the first day of the first month of the new year and we make this  steaming hot, nourishing bowl of ‘Ddukgookk’ (rice dumpling soup. Eating the bowl of New Year soup on New Year’s Day means becoming one year older. Ouch.
Cheers to the year of Dragon!

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Holding onto my last pumpkin puree of the year

Pumpkin is such a seasonal ingredient. It is almost impossible to find a can of pumpkin puree unless it’s around Thanksgiving time. (Yes, I use a canned ones for making pumpkin bread and am not ashamed of it. :)) Most markets stopped carrying them right after thanksgiving. So when I saw stacks of them at a health food store  (They were talking to me. ‘Last call, sister. Last call’) I bought 6 of them. ‘Cause I knew I won’t be seeing these babies till next year’s Thanksgiving ….so here I am, holding on to my last pumpkin puree of the year…
I posted my pumpkin bread recipe back in October. But I liked this recipe so much I had to share.
October pumpkin bread I posted is ‘cakey ‘deliciousness but this one is more like…..’bready’ deliciousness. Something you want to have for breakfast with a cup of coffee without getting sugar high. It’s now or never, I mean till next year, so go grab that last pumpkin puree of the year~~

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Cardamom-Honey Christmas Cookies

I have been in a cooking slump for last few days. Short rib I made the other night didn’t cook in time for dinner, I burned my husband’s breakfast (I was making ‘Bull’s eye’-toast with egg in the middle), mango I bought was all dried out inside when I cut it, apples I bought were all bruised, kiwis were not ripe…….
So I stepped a way from the kitchen….no more cooking for a few days. Christina, put down your spatula and especially that knife…Take a deep breath and step away from the kitchen.
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So my husband hit Mcdoland’s for breakfast on his way to work, we ate out every single night and I barely opened the refrigerator.
Today, I caught a glimpse of my unloved kitchen while I hung out at our backyard with the dogs.
I took a deep breath and bravely walk towards it. I stroke my little innocent stand mixer and oven. They didn’t do anything wrong….ok, I’m going to bake Christmas cookies. Maybe Baby Jesus will give me extra strength that I needed to get out of this cooking slump. Happy Holidays, everyone! 🙂

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Chicken Piccata

I always have capers in my pantry and at least one chicken breast in my freezer. So if I’m too lazy to go grocery shopping or cook anything else, I usually turn into making chicken piccatta. And tonight was one of those lazy night.I butterfly my one and only chicken breast turning it into 2 thinner pieces. When you pound it into 1/4 inch thickness, voilà, there you have it : ‘lazy’ dinner for 2!

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Fennel ice cream

Don’t be so vanilla. 🙂 ….  I love good vanilla ice cream especially the ones where you can see those little black dots. But my favorite flavor is Fennel! Fennel ice cream is new vanilla in my kitchen. I made it along with black sesame ice cream (I will post it!) last year’s Holiday party, all my guests loved it. How would I describe the taste?….Hmmm,,,,It does taste like vanilla (There is no vanilla added in the recipe though) but with a bit of an edge. Trust me, it will become your new favorite flavor. Now go  to your significant others, give them a hint, wink wink : add ice cream machine to your Christmas list!  I’ve already picked a few items from Amazon and am going to have my husband just ‘click’ for Christmas. Heehee =}

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Teach me how to buggie

Since we got buggie, my motherly instinct kicked in and I have been making homemade dog treats a lot…sometimes my husband rolls his eyes when I baby the dog too much…but come on, not like I roasted a whole chicken for my dog. ^=^ (I would actually)
Peanut butter and banana dog biscuits! Buggie goes crazy over the smell. He makes a circle around the oven and dance. ‘Teach, Teach, Teach me how to buggie~~~
I made double batches so I could bring them to the dog shelter where we got buggie from.

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Chocolate chip cookies

It is a cold and rainy Sunday, husband went to play ice hockey, turkey stock simmering in the kitchen for Thanksgiving, I made korean rice soup for dinner (I will post it next week!) and am reading my book on the couch….hmmm what else can I make for him since he won’t see me for next few days (I will be living in the kitchen preparing the thanksgiving feast (Is anyone freaking out like me? )? I decided to make him a batch of his favorite chocolate chip cookies! A small happiness you feel when you bite into a fresh baked cookie (or would you rather have a sip of cognac? :)) at the base of the ski mountain. I wanted him to feel that small happiness when he comes home from the hockey. These amazing (crispy outside, soft inside) cookies are from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa, my favorite…although I would like to tweak her hairdo just a little…sorry, Ina-I still love you.

Hope everyone has wonderful Thanksgiving! (If you overeat and feel too uncomfortable, you can’t even sit up…take a shot of apple cider vinegar ( Mix 1 Tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup cold water and 1 Tablespoon liquid probiotic-sweet one) it will help your digestion and your tummy will feel much better!! or you will be ready to go for a round 2.)
By the way, my husband ate 9 of these cookies when he got home……
Happy Thanksgiving~~~xoxo

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Angel food cake with white chocolate frosting

I had this most amazing angel food cake at a wedding cake shop in La Jolla one time. (It was $10 a piece….yikes) and since then I have been looking for that perfect angel food cake – ‘heavenly’ white and moist, not yellow, dry or rubbery. I have been looking and experimenting…and then I found this recipe in Italian…noooo.
With the help of ‘google translate’ and measure conversion chart, I finally made my perfect angel food cake that was good enough to feed angels. I frosted it with white chocolate cream and drizzled cameral sauce over but you can do whatever you want-just simple whipped cream with strawberries sounds so delightful as well, doesn’t it?

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Pot roast

I read a lot of health food books. And whenever I am in the middle of one of those books, I feed my husband only greens, salads, nuts, and seaweed. No meat, no dairy, no fat….It’s been a week. Poor guy. I fed him a big bowl of salad last night and he was looking me like he was just about to faint. Although I believe we can get all the proteins we need from greens, nuts and sea algae, I decide to make all american comfort food for him: Pot Roast!!! Yes, I went out and got a Le Creuset cast iron. And yes, I didn’t have one before…aghhhh embarrassing….but seriously, at an asian household, cast iron doesn’t make it top kitchen equipments. The only thing we need is a good rice cooker. And those cast irons are so $$$$$$$$! But I wanted to surprise him with all american comfort dish with yes, meat in it. And I am so proud to say I, an asian girl who always thought any dish braised was quite unvitalized, meat in it looks quite scary, NAILED it!!!! Oh my gosh…this turned out oh so good. My mother-in-law will be very proud. Now I have my cast iron (It’s worth the investment!), I am going to braise away…….

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