stir-fried sticky rice

stir-fried sticky rice

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Not sure if you noticed, I don’t cook a lot of Chinese food. I find Chinese cooking complicated and requiring a lot of prep beforehand, i.e. marinating or soaking. But every now and then, I try. One of the dishes I enjoy the most is sticky rice. So for Chinese New Year family dinner, I … Read More

instant pot

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This is the Instant Pot that a good friend had been trying to sell me on for quite some time. I hmm’d and ha’d for several weeks and finding myself wishing for one, like the day I was sick and wanted congee. Instead of 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, it took me 3 hours in … Read More

japanese goma-ae

japanese goma-ae

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Moms are often surprised that my kids will eat vegetables since their kids won’t. Meanwhile, I wish my kids would eat more vegetables. They don’t like all vegetables but there are certain ones they enjoy. This is one of them. Whenever we have goma-ae in a Japanese restaurant, my kids just gobble it up so I … Read More

baked caramelized chicken

baked caramelized chicken

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I’m not really good at preparing meat ahead of time. For example, any recipe that requires marinading overnight likely won’t make it at our house. If you’re like me, you don’t think about what to make for dinner until about 5pm. This is one of those recipes that you can toss together in a couple of minutes … Read More

almond croissants

almond croissants

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*Updated recipe. This one is much easier than the one I posted previously. One of my absolute must haves in San Francisco is Tartine’s almond croissant. During our last visit, I lined up outside the bakery for 20 minutes on a weekday and by the time I got to the front around 10:30 am, they were … Read More

the things kids do

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We’ve all heard the stories… Kid sticks Lego up his nose and has to go to the ER, kid sticks his head between two bannister poles and can’t pull his head out, kid puts a wooden ring on her finger and it won’t come off! That’s what happened this morning. But did I freak out? No. … Read More