Thanksgiving 2016

This was the first year we hosted Thanksgiving, and although it was only for one more person other than us (hi Mom!) and we didn’t need tons and tons of food…I still made tons and tons of food. The menu consisted of: Herb-Rubbed Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey with Basic Turkey Gravy (from Serious Eats) Roasted Acorn Squash…

Baked Sesame Chicken

Following up on the next Chinese food recipe (see Spicy Sichuan Noodles), I recently found a recipe that is a healthier version of Sesame Chicken. Don’t judge me – I know that Sesame Chicken isn’t “real” Chinese food and is more like “American Chinese food,” but I love it and order it at restaurants. Often. Having…

Honey-Lemon Chicken with Rice and Broccoli

I originally set out to make lemon chicken like you get at Chinese restaurants, but then realized that would include frying the chicken, which 1) I’m too lazy to do, and 2) violates my healthy-ish “rule” (that I often break, but didn’t want to this time). I had already defrosted the chicken from the freezer…

Spicy Sichuan Noodles

There aren’t a lot of good Chinese food restaurants near me, so I’ve taken to trying out some of my favorite dishes at home to fulfill my Chinese food cravings. Unfortunately, I have many such cravings, so I have many more recipes to try! Spicy Sichuan Noodles I prepped the ginger, garlic, and scallions first….

Chinese Rice Porridge (Congee)

I grew up on this – my mom made it almost every Sunday morning for breakfast. Congee is an Asian porridge that is often served to those who are sick because it’s easy to eat and soothing. My mom has different versions depending on what time of year it is (turkey after Thanksgiving) or how…

Chinese Pork Dumplings

It would be impossible for me to express just how much I love dumplings. My mom’s are by far the best (sorry other moms out there) and restaurant dumplings don’t come close to hers. My mom taught me how to make them about 10 years ago, and I now always have a stock of them…

Thai Red Curry Peanut Chicken

We recently tried out grocery shopping online with Relay Foods, which provides recipes where you can add the ingredients directly into your shopping cart. We love Thai food, so wanted to try out their Thai Peanut Chicken recipe. I didn’t notice until I was preparing the curry peanut sauce that the recipe doesn’t actually include any vegetables, so…

Udon Noodle Soup

There is only one Asian supermarket near me (I miss you 99 Ranch Market!), so I go there for all of my specialty Asian food shopping. It’s been a little rainy and dreary lately (the last bit before it gets suuuper hot out), so some sort of soup sounded like a good idea before we…

Chicken Teriyaki

I’ve seen a ton of different ways to make teriyaki sauce, some far more complicated than others and with ingredients that I’ll probably never use again. So instead, I decided to wing it and make my own simple sauce. Chicken Teriyaki First, I made the sauce by adding in soy sauce, water, brown sugar, chopped…