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Petite Sirloin Steaks with Mushrooms

After 2 weeks of being out sick, here is my first attempt to give you this recipe for Petit Sirloin Steaks with Mushrooms. It was really hard to be creative when your brain is not working.  Luckily today I feel better and more confident to power on.  And I was craving for something hearty and robust after 2 weeks of…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

For chocolate lovers out there on Valentine’s Day, here I present heavenly peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. If you want to make something sweet for your sweet, this is for you. Making these delightful cookies is easier than you think.  All you need is one bowl to mix the ingredients and then bake it. In 8-10 minutes these addicting cookies…

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Chicken Fried Rice

In honor of  Chinese New Year this week, here is my favorite chicken fried rice.  To be honest, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Chinese food. Besides, we can’t deny how much the Chinese has influenced our food culture.  So can we just have a moment of silence to celebrate it? Yes, because I’m grateful for every Chinese food…

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Great Finds

Sharing the Love for Simple Things

Happy New Year!  For this month I have a few simple things that I like and I want to share them with you.  As you know, an avid cook can never have too many things in the kitchen.  So here they are….. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cups If you are in love with chocolate, this is a…

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Garden

How to Grow Amazing Calendula

One of my favorite plants to grow is the amazing calendula. I didn’t know much about it before except for they are also known as “pot marigold”.  While I was browsing  online two years ago, I saw the seeds for sale.  Anything that says “easy to grow” I’m interested.  Additionally, the photos of the beautiful flowers attracted me.  So I…

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Food

Chicken Spring Rolls

Once in a while we all crave for something crispy like this chicken spring rolls.  Although it’s fried, the filling is made of healthy chicken and vegetables. Therefore, I don’t feel guilty eating it. And I certainly think it’s ok as long as we eat healthy most of the time. It’s amazing how food really brings me happy childhood memories….

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One Pot Hearty Beef Stew

What could be better than warm beef stew on a cold and rainy winter day? Here is my version of the classic beef stew using simple ingredients. This is probably my ultimate beef stew. And I think you are going to want seconds. Braising anything in wine is always a good idea,  it actually does wonders.  A few splashes of…

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Asian Chicken and Rice Soup with Napa Cabbage

It’s 2019 and I’m back to healthy eating with this chicken and rice soup. After all the rich food and treats over the holidays, I can’t wait to eat clean. And if it’s 39ºF degrees outside, I’m making soup! Inspired by my Asian roots, it’s also similar to “congee” which is a rice soup with chicken, or pork and vegetables….

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Garden

How to Grow Paperwhites (Narcissus)

If you love bulbs with fragrant and beautiful flowers, then you can grow Paperwhites.  Narcissus Paperwhites are perennial bulbs that belong to the daffodil family.  Small flowers come in white, yellow or orange. What I love about them is that they bloom in the winter, just when most everything sleeps in the garden. Growing paper whites is not that hard…

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Food

Christmas Cranberry Orange Scones

While I was at the market today, I found beautiful Cara Cara oranges so I made these cranberry orange scones.  Cara Cara orange is a type of navel orange with reddish pink color inside.  Similarly, they are seedless, juicy and sweet, It’s definitely one of my favorites. What can be more Christmasy than cranberry and orange? I just love waking up on…

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Heat a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Wait until the pan is hot and the butter has fully melted.

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