Jimmy Dean Fried Rice

Costco is dangerous. My husband bought more Jimmy Dean sausages than I knew what to do with. One lazy night, I decided to try making fried rice with Jimmy Dean. It’s pork, it’s  pre-seasoned, and most importantly it’s filling, so I didn’t see a downside. I tossed and crumbled a pound of Jimmy Dean sausage…

Green Tea Soba with Dipping Sauce

Soba is a Japanese type of noodle made from buckwheat and it can be served chilled with a dipping sauce or in hot broth as a noodle soup. Recreating soba at home is easier then ever with pre-made soba noodles and dipping broth. My favorite is the green tea soba noodles from Hakubaku brand and…

Making Thanksgiving Simpler: It’s Okay Not to Cook Everything

Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house was comprised of a mixture of classic American and Chinese dishes. My mother would make Chinese side dishes like hot and sour soup and sautéed vegetables while I would make the American main courses such as turkey, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows….

Rice Cakes with Mushroom and Cabbage

An image of those sweet Quaker rice cake snacks you find at most grocery chains might be popping up in your mind at this time, but that is not the kind of rice cake I am cooking today. The type of rice cakes I am referring to looks like this: Its texture has been compared…

Japanese Cod Roe Pasta

Tired of the usual spaghetti and meatball recipe? Expand your spaghetti palate with this amazing Super Duper Lazy creation from Japan. It’s simple, fast, and delicious! Ingredients: 1 packet of S&B Spicy Cod Roe Spaghetti Sauce Cooked spaghetti for one person Directions: 1) Add your spaghetti to a bowl and mix in the sauce packet…

Hawaiian Egg Fried Rice

Repeat after me: Never use fresh rice to make fried rice. My rice has about a 5-day life span. 1st day = Fluffy 2nd day = Fluffy 3rd day = Slightly fluffy 4rd day = Medium firm with parts of the bottom getting hard (Best time for fried rice) 5th day = Eat at the…

Japanese Tomato Salad

After I met my husband, who is half-Japanese, he introduced me to the world of Japanese comfort cuisine beyond just sushi and udon.  I wanted to learn how to make the type of Japanese dishes his mother made for him during his childhood so my husband gifted me a cooking book called Japanese Soul Cooking….

Essential Ingredients for Lazy Asian Recipes

Many asian recipes reuse the same core ingredients. By stocking your fridge and pantry with these ingredients and their “short cut” versions, you’ll be able to make multiple dishes faster and easier. For the fridge (the Asian trifecta): Bottle of minced ginger in water (I use the brand Lee Kum Kee) Pre-peeled garlic (You can…

Kimchi and Tofu Soup

Soup is something I usually make when I feel myself getting sick or I am sick and no one else in the house can cook (sigh).  Due to that reason, I want my soup recipes to be as simple and quick as possible, but still packed with immune boosting ingredients. This soup with kimchi and…

Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker

First year out of college and working an entry level job, I looked for a cheap but decently made rice cooker for my tiny city apartment kitchen counter. I decided on the Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker, which worked as both a rice cooker and steamer for other recipes. If you grew up with a nice…