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…

Easy BBQ Beef Rice Bowl

Rice bowls, grain bowls, salad bowls – these beautiful bowls topped with an assortment of meat and vegetables are all the rage right now.  The thought of putting one together at home can seem time consuming, but all you really need for this recipe is your rice cooker, a darn good marinade, egg, hot sauce,…

Shanghai Edition: Soy Braised Daikon

“Soy braised” is a cooking technique commonly used for many dishes in Shanghai and it involves braising meat and vegetables in a mixture of soy sauce and sugar. The literal translation is “red cooked”. This recipe is a quick and easy way to make a side vegetable dish using this style of cooking. Ingredients: 1…

Shanghai Edition Part One: Garlic Shrimp

I spent the last week and a half in Shanghai, eating to my heart’s content and jotting down recipes and tips from my grandma and uncles. My great grandpa on my mother’s side was a legit cook, whipping up banquet styled meals to feed his eight children. All of his children learned to cook traditional…

Lemongrass Soy Sauce Pork Chops

I bought a jar of fragrant ground lemongrass powder from a spice shop in Bali and I have been dying to try it out.  Luckily I had some lovely fresh bone-in pork chops in the fridge so I decided to create a marinade. After marinating the pork for two days, I cooked them in a…

Cooking on Jetlag: Instant Ramen and Turkey Daikon Soup

Getting back after two weeks in Southeast Asia (read about my Bali trip here) has turned my circadian rhythm upside down. My body wants to sleep at noon, but eat at 2am without the usual appetite that accompanies hunger. I landed back in Seattle around 6:30pm and got home closer 8pm. The boys hadn’t eaten yet…

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….

Japanese Fried Chicken (Katsu)

In almost every cuisine you will find some version of fried chicken. In Japanese cuisine, fried chicken is referred to as katsu and it is often served with rice and curry.  You may have also seen a similar word, tonkatsu, on menus which is similar to katsu, but made with pork instead. The recipe below…

One Pot Japanese Curry

When someone says curry, what usually comes to mind is Indian or Thai curry. I was introduced to a third type of curry when I found my mother-in-law throwing leftover vegetables and fruits into a pot one winter night. She told me whenever I have ingredients I need to get rid of, chop them up…