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    Pumpkin Chiffon Bars

    It’s the holiday season! Planning for holiday entertaining and dinners can be super stressful. But sweat not. At least, not on account of dessert. This make ahead dessert is super easy and fool proof. Make it a day or two ahead and serve it up at dinner with a bit of whipped cream. This is […]

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    Kung Pao Chicken

    Kung Pao Chicken is one of the most popular takeout dishes. Luckily, it is easy to make at home without any MSG. Take care not to marinade the chicken longer than stated, as the meat will over-tenderize and become slightly gummy. Add whatever chopped vegetables you have in the fridge to make it your own. […]

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    Zucchini Muffins

    We all know sweets are an indulgence, and definitely not health food. Sometimes, though, they can be straddling the line. Well, maybe that’s giving these muffins a little too much credit, but hey, they’re tasty. Shredded zucchini makes an appearance throughout the muffin without overpowering them. These can be a sneaky way to hide some […]

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Toasted Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Parmesan and Mozzarella

November 22nd, 2014 | Dinner, Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Toasted Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Parmesan and Mozzarella Serves 2-3 4 TB butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 recipe homemade gnocchi, below 1/4 cup grated parmesan 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 TB shredded basil Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet on high heat for 5 minutes. Add butter and garlic and cook until it just starts […]

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Castella Cake

November 22nd, 2014 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Castella Cake Makes 2 cake loaves 6 large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup (218 g) sugar 1 cup + 2½ Tbsp (200 g) bread flour 5 Tbsp. honey + 2 ½ Tbsp. warm water 2 Tbsp. honey + 1 Tbsp. warm water for the glaze Cut parchment paper to fit two 1-lb loaf baking pans. Preheat […]

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Steamed Pork Buns

November 21st, 2014 | Asian, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

Steamed Pork Buns For dough: 1 cup warm water 2 tsp dry yeast 1/2 tsp salt 2 TB vegetable oil 1 tsp sugar 3 cups all purpose flour For filling: 1 cup finely diced onion ½ cup finely shredded carrot 1½ cup diced green cabbage 1½ cup chopped green onions 2 cups diced white mushroom […]

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Chocolate Chip Scones

November 20th, 2014 | Breakfast, Cake, Desserts, Quick, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

  Chocolate Chip Scones DOUGH 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 cup cold butter 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or the flavoring of your choice 1/2  cup half and half or milk TOPPING 2 teaspoons milk 2 tablespoons […]

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Parker House Rolls

November 19th, 2014 | Bread, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Parker House Rolls 1 1/2 cups milk 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for brushing 1/2 cup sugar 1 package active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 6 cups all-purpose flour Place milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove […]

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Gyoza (Potstickers) with Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce

November 18th, 2014 | Asian, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

I’m all for burgers and fries and sandwiches. But sometimes I just want some Asian food. This recipe hits the spot with a tender pork filling and a spicy dipping sauce. You can make your own gyoza wrappers or buy them at an Asian grocery store. Just make sure to keep them under plastic as […]

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Deep Dish Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

November 17th, 2014 | Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

It’s Thanksgiving season and I’m in the mood for all things pumpkin. Packed with beta carotene and other nutritious things, pumpkin is a nice excuse to make something naughty. A deep dish pie pan makes this a tall, grand pie. Use a 9×13 in pan to make into bars. This pie is a combination of cheesecake […]

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Japanese Cheesecake

November 15th, 2014 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

Japanese cheesecake is a unique kind of cake. It has the lightness of spongecake but has the tang of cheesecake. It needs no frosting or icing, just enjoy slices with tea or coffee. A kitchen scale is a must-have for this recipe. Japanese Cheesecake 8oz. cream cheese 50g/2 oz. unsalted butter 100 ml/3 fluid oz whole milk 60g/2 […]

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Amish Potato Rolls

November 13th, 2014 | Bread, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

It is no secret that I love to bake bread. I have dozens of recipes I want to try, but can never get to them all. Among my favorites are the Honey and Butter Roll (enriched butter roll with honey butter slathered on top), Hodduk (Korean pancakes filled with oozing brown sugar and cinnamon), Pogca […]

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Cinnamon Banana Bread

November 11th, 2014 | Bread, Fruit, Pastry, Quick, Quickbread, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Keep your old ripe bananas in the freezer and defrost them right before making this stellar banana bread. Add some nuts or chocolate chips if you want it to be extra special for the holidays. This banana bread is even better the next day. Cinnamon Banana Bread Makes one 9-inch loaf 2 cups all purpose […]

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Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

November 9th, 2014 | Asian, Dressing, Main Dish, Quick, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Happy weekend, all! Sometimes weekends can be overflowing with good but heavy foods. Sometimes you just want that nice crisp salad. Here’s a fresh Vietnamese rice noodle salad that won’t weight you down, but is super flavorful. Add some sliced grilled chicken or steak to make it a dinner-time meal. Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad 4 […]

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Sugar Donuts

November 7th, 2014 | Bread, Breakfast, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

There are so many different kinds of fancy-pants donuts now… Cronuts, blueberry, bacon donuts! And in every color and flavor imaginable. This is not that kind of donut. This is the nostalgic, simple, raised-with-yeast donuts that are covered with a light coating of sugar. Heavenly. Things to watch out for while making these. I would […]

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