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.…

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

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…

Asian Inspired Salt and Pepper Shrimp

It’s Monday and after a long day, I wanted something quick and easy to make for dinner. I’ve also been craving an Asian dish as well. So what better to make than salt and pepper shrimp using easy peel shrimp! I’m trying to get my 17 month old son used to a variety of cuisine as well. Large shrimp would be great finger food for him, and I could even chop it up and toss with some rice if he wanted to use a spoon. I love using the easy…

Angel Food Cake with Fresh From the Farm Berries

Since I’ve been working out a lot more lately and still have a super huge sweet tooth, I’ve been on the hunt for “healthier” baking ideas. I’ve been slowly losing my taste testers too, since they don’t want to pack on the calories every time I bake! I asked around to some avid bakers for suggestions, and good friend of mine recommended Angel food cake. Since there is no butter, milk or egg yolk, it looked like something that I should definitely try; the ingredient list seemed healthy enough. And…

Embracing the Summer with Strawberry Shortcake

My husband first introduced me to the famous Roy Roger’s strawberry shortcake a few years ago. When he described to me that it was a biscuit, topped with strawberries and jam, and finished off with ice cream, I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t too sure how that combination would turn out. But as we drove away from the drive through window, and I took my first bite, it was insanely delicious! It was one of the best summer treats I’ve ever had. With the weather being so extremely hot…

Garlic Rosemary Oven Roasted Chicken

I was cooking a dinner for 35 people, and had to strategize so that dinner would come out super tasty. When cooking for 35 people, it’s really important to find an easy to make recipe so that you aren’t driving yourself crazy and get too frazzled in the kitchen. I found that it was key to find items that I could prep and then just toss in the oven, set the timer, and relax. So for this particular meal, I decided to make garlic rosemary roast chicken, rosemary potatoes, garlic…

A Simple and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack

After dinner last night, I was having a huge sweet tooth craving; I really wanted something sweet and delicious. So this morning, after making a fruit tart, I decided to indulge in my sweet tooth craving and make some good ole fashion chocolate chip cookies! Bake Time: 10 minutes Yields: 2 dozen Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups…

Catfish Cooked in a Clay Pot (Ca Kho To)

One of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in our area has to be Huong Viet restaurant at Eden Center. They make, in my opinion, one of the best catfish in clay pot dishes; I always order that when I’m dining there. So I really wanted to recreate this savory and sweet dish in my own kitchen. This southern-style Vietnamese dish is actually very easy to make and quite tasty when served with a bowl of steaming jasmine rice. Serving Size: 2 Cooking Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 2 tbsp cane sugar 1…

Getting a Healthy Serving of Vitamins with Winter Melon Soup

Winter melon, also referred to as fuzzy melon or white gourd, is a native vegetable to the Southeast Asia region. Cambodians, Vietnamese and Chinese all make their own variety of winter melon soup, touting it’s health properties; it’s full of Vitamin C, Zinc, Calcium and Iron. As a child, I never really cared for this soup; but then again, I really didn’t care much for any type of vegetable. But I had it for dinner a few weeks ago, and was really stunned at the mildly sweet flavor of the…