Cambodian Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Wings

Cambodian Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Wings

Sometimes I really do surprise myself when I come up with a super simple and easy dinner! And the best part, my whole family devours it, I’m talking about my husband and my 2 toddlers! Nothing makes me happier than seeing my family enjoy my cooking. This recipe is normally used for beef skewers, but I adapted it for chicken wings. Especially since my husband and I bought a few pounds from Costco. I loved grilling them, it gave the wings the perfect char and added that extra smokey flavor….

Vietnamese Style Braised Pork Ribs

Vietnamese Style Braised Pork Ribs

So imagine my delight when I find that baby back ribs are buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store! And the weather is getting warmer. I honestly can’t think of a better way to welcome spring quite like ribs on the grill! I actually toyed with the idea of grilling my ribs, but the thought of fall of the bone, super tender braised ribs seemed so delicious with a bowl of hot rice. And why not make my ribs savory and sticky and delicious in the process! I…

Cioppino From My Very Own Kitchen!

Cioppino From My Very Own Kitchen!

A few years ago while I was in San Francisco, a friend of mine insisted I try this seafood dish in the Italian District. When he described the dish, it didn’t take long for me to say yes! After returning, I’ve thought about trying to make this dish again. It is very similar to Bouillabaisse to me, but it’s the Italian version. Cioppino starts off with a very rich and thick tomato base, while Bouillabaisse is a fish stock base. Well, I finally had some time of my hands to…

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp!

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp!

A few weeks ago, my cousin in law from WI emailed an article on BBQ shrimp. It totally brought me back to Mr. B’s in New Orleans, sitting inside the immaculately decorated dining room, wearing a white bib and using my fingers to eat shrimp! My husband had mentioned he’d never had it before. I knew we had to remedy this right away. Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t your typical BBQ. Instead, it’s a thick sauce that envelopes all the shrimp and you use crusty French bread…

Ground Chicken Tacos

Ground Chicken Tacos

I’ve found lately that I rarely cook with ground meat. I’m not sure why to be honest. But while strolling through the grocery store with my 16 month old, I found tortillas were on sale and that made me crave tacos. I’m pretty bad at meal planning; but I do enjoy grocery shopping daily though. It’s not great on the budget, but at least I don’t buy a whole weeks worth of groceries and end up tossing out old produce or wasted ingredients, so in a sense, I’m saving myself…

Easy and healthy Paella

Easy and healthy Paella

I just want to start off by saying that I may be taking some short cuts here. I don’t believe I’m making true paella, but sometimes when it’s late in the afternoon and trying to get dinner on the table for 2 hangry toddlers, short cuts come in handy! And in attempt to cut out some carbs, I’m forgoing the rice and using quinoa instead. I feel that the smoky sweet paprika and saffron will still give this dish a paella feel, but I won’t have to wait to get…

Chocolate Ganache Tart

Chocolate Ganache Tart

It’s been a while since I’ve baked something new. And today, I was just feeling restless, so I decided to raid my pantry to see what ingredients I had available. It’s no shocker that I always have flour and chocolate on hand, so I decided to treat myself to something very decadent and make a chocolate ganache tart. I have a tart pan with the removable bottom and I love tarts, especially one with chocolate on it. One of the reasons I really like this recipe is that it’s so…

It’s Starting to Smell Like Fall with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

It’s Starting to Smell Like Fall with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

It’s that time of year when the air gets crisp, the days get shorter and my oven just begs to be used again! I adore the Fall. And I honestly can’t think of a better way to ring in my favorite season other than doing some baking with a quintessential Fall icon, the pumpkin! To be frank though, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, I do not like it in a pie or in a hot beverage. However, my husband has been asking for some pumpkin bread and I…

Mini Chocolate Donuts!!

Mini Chocolate Donuts!!

It’s week 3 of our 30 day Paleo challenge, and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s definitely got me being a little more creative to find meals, snacks and dessert I can really enjoy. To satiate my sweet tooth, a few days ago I made some chocolate chip cookies and now I have leftover almond meal and dairy free chocolate chips. So I’m adapting a chocolate donut recipe to make it Paleo friendly. I have a mini donut tin on hand, so I’m…

Lemon Cupcakes for a Spring Treat

Lemon Cupcakes for a Spring Treat

I haven’t baked in a while. But as I enter my 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, I find that my sweet tooth has been pretty insatiable lately. So during my lunch break, I rummaged through my pantry looking for something to snack on; and then decided to bake instead. Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand to make a refreshing lemon cupcake with a lemon frosting! Cook Time: 14-17 minutes Makes 12 cupcakes Ingredients: Cupcake 1 1/4 cups flour 1 cup pure cane sugar 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/2…