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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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Chocolate pudding bites

I look at a dessert menu first when I go to a restaurant…anyone else do the same?!? no? yes? What’s the fun of having dinner without dessert, right? yes? no? I hate when I’m excited to see the dessert menu and person you are having dinner with said ‘I’m good without it’. Wawawawaaaaaa~~~~

I made these little chocolate pudding bites at a culinary school as Petite four given out after dinner. And I make these quite often at home. I slowly find my way to the refrigerator, pop one of these in my mouth and make it way back to the living room….like nothing happened…It’s just perfect sweet something after dinner. The mint dark chocolate shaving I used had a little specs of sea salt so it is perfect little sweet  & salty something! If you double the recipe and use half sheet pan, you can have fancy little dessert bites perfect for holiday cocktail parties!. Please do not say no to dessert.

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Power of your Om

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Pistachio and dried cherry biscotti

Sometimes, I go on a what I call ‘biscotti phase’. I obsessively make 3~4 batches of different kinds a week and give away….I love biscotties – I feel more like a grown up…haha! Something about dipping in coffee, mocha,dessert wine, milk(especially nutella biscotti which I will post soon – it’s my version of oreo and milk :))

This one has pistachio, dried cherry, oat, lemon/orange zest…it’s super flavorful and delicious. Biscotti translate as  ‘twice baked’. It’s baked first as a log then you cut them into slices and goes back in the oven again till dried out and become crispy. Making them is really fun. So next time, try making biscotties instead of regular cookies. Make yourself  a nice cup of coffee, forget the ‘to-do’ list for a moment, turn on that Pandora and have a lovely ‘ME’ time….xoxo

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Chicken pho

Temperature dropped, I can feel a crisp chill in the air…my Uggs came out so did my appetite for Pho. When we go to vietnamese restaurant, I usually get beef pho with you know, ‘other stuff’ in it. (Tendon, strip, brisket, meatball, eyeball (just kidding)….) but I didn’t want to freak out my husband so I made chicken pho. As much as I love pho in a restaurant, I find them a little too salty for me. It tastes so good at that moment (I love I go way down of the bottom of a bowl) but afterwards, I always get into, what I call, ‘Sodium shock’. -dehydration, regret(I feel that after I eat a big mac), crankiness, not so pleasant taste in my mouth….SO I often make home made pho. And my husband loves, loves it! I like to feed his single friend or friends with girlfriend/wife out of town. So this time again, we called up his friend, Geoff. At the sound of ‘homemade pho’ he ran right over to our place. Pho with extra dose of sriracha…sweat coming down on their faces…oh so cute. (I know I’m weird). I will be making beef pho next week….will post it. 🙂

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Bee pollen honey panna cotta

Panna cotta means ‘cooked cream’…not that I speak Italian…:) But I always liked the meaning of it because it’s, yes, that easy! You just cook cream, add a little gelatin and let it chill. That’s it! Once you realize how easy it is to make, you can make all kinds of variety of it. You can add buttermilk, lemon, green tea, your favorite Oolong tea, coffee, hazelnut, mint, sage, saffron, midori sour, kahlua, baileys….you name it. I came up with this recipe for my culinary school graduation menu and ever since that, it became one of my dessert cravings. (I was inspired by my favorite kitchen memoir , Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen. If you haven’t read it yet, read it – You will love it. ) If you don’t like bee pollen….oh well, too bad…hahahahahahaha….I just happened to like bee pollen. It’s earthy and floral at the same time. (See my post about my ‘secret’ cold remedy.) As toppings, I made sweet gingery almonds for crunchiness and blackberry compote(fancy word for dessert syrup/sauce usually made with fruits) for tartness. Hope you all like it as much as I do. xoxo

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Homemade pasta night

My chef friend, John Fernadez is an amazing chef who is classically trained in Italy. The other night, we had our friends over at our place for a ‘Pasta night’. We made three different pastas and tiramisu….Seriously I have never had pasta like that in my life. It literally melts in your mouth! Emily (my dear friend & fellow food blogger) and I, Chef John, his friend Niki and Susan(Pastry instructor at my culinary school-my favorite class) working in the kitchen and Susan’s boyfriend, fong and my husband hovering in the background…what an amazing time and food we had!!!

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