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Steamed Pork Dumplings

When I was growing up steamed pork dumplings was a very common thing to eat. It was popular in Chinese restaurants and a lot of people make it at home with the whole family participating. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and children will gather on the table and they will all work on filling dumpling wrappers. The best part of this…

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Fresh Corn and Potato Chowder with Crispy Bacon

This summer I found really sweet bicolor corn so I decided to make this corn and potato chowder. It’s a chunky, delicious main meal soup perfect for end of summer and beginning of autumn. That delicious smell wafting from my kitchen as I cook it keeps my neighbors asking. What are you cooking??? Just like every season, I celebrate fresh…

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Braised Beef Short Ribs (Fall off the Bone)

Summer is almost over and get ready for slow-cooked comfort food like this braised beef short ribs. I’m really not a big meat eater but once in a while I crave for stews, soups and slow-roasted meat. It’s because they’re sort of comforting in cold weather. Beef short ribs are one of the tastiest meat cuts you can buy. The…

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Spicy Tuna Avocado Wrap

Meet your new quick and easy weekday/weeknight meal – spicy tuna avocado wrap. So easy to make when you want a quick bite. You know how we all have those hectic days when we just don’t have time to cook? Healthful spinach, celery and avocado add fresh-from-the- garden flavors to the wrap. A little zip comes from the chili garlic…

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Grilled Chicken Asada

There’s nothing like being outdoors grilling food in the summer. This grilled chicken asada is one of my favorites to grill. Here in California, Mexican flavors influenced some of our popular cuisines. I love carne asada so much that I make it with both beef and chicken. Chicken is a good option if you are trying to stay away from…

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Famous Filipino Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo is a classic Filipino dish that is typically served with steamed rice at least once a week in most homes. Everyone loves it everywhere you go. It is comfort food for Filipinos. And each town has their own slight variation on how they prepare the dish. When I was growing up in the Philippines, my mother and grandmother…

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Easy Korean Beef Bulgogi

This recipe is inspired by my trip to Seoul, Korea many years ago. Korean cuisine to me has the homey simplicity just like other Asian foods. The ingredients are fresh, simple and easy to prepare. One of my favorites, this Korean beef bulgogi can’t be any easier. I have tried different cuts of beef in this recipe. Sirloin works great…

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Comforting Minestrone Soup From What I Have

One of the most important lessons I learned from my mother is to be resourceful. During this uncertain corona virus lockdown we are forced to be more resourceful with cooking. So I prepared this comforting minestrone soup just from what I have in the pantry. You can easily adjust and substitute most of the ingredients depending on what you have….

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Cajun Jambalaya

Cajun jambalaya is a great one-pot dish to cook anytime. I don’t cook a lot of Cajun or Creole cuisine but this is one that I really like. Cajun cuisine is a style of cooking in Louisiana that was named from the French speaking Acadian people in Canada who were deported by the British to this region. Cooking this jambalaya…

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Spicy Shrimp Spaghetti with Herbed Tomatoes

I’m pretty sure that I was partly Italian in my previous life. Yes, in fact, I love pasta and anything Italian pretty much. So this spicy shrimp spaghetti recipe is one of my favorites. Although it’s good for four people, it can be a quick meal for two + perfect for leftovers next day. Seriously, who doesn’t like not having…

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