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Pork Belly Marinated with Green Tea, Wine & Ancho Chili Olive Oil

Known for its fresh, bittersweet, earthy flavors, green tea seems to be getting increasingly popular as a flavoring ingredient for many desserts ranging from ice cream to cake to chocolate. Growing up drinking lots of green tea while appreciating its … Continue reading

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Oyster Pilaf

Romantic dinner for two? How about some oysters on Valentine’s Day? Being known for increasing sex hormones and testosterone, oysters are widely believed to be an aphrodisiac. Personally, oysters don’t quite work like “Viagra” for me, but I absolutely adore … Continue reading

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Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Saffron Rice & Mushroom

While walking through the Muir Woods wearing my leggings and a black top, I met a friendly hiker on the trail who invited me to a fancy dinner. At the end of the walk, I started going through my bag … Continue reading

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Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream Drizzled with Lavender Olive Oil

Lavender is like “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide”. While its scent evokes a sense of relaxation and calmness, its flavor wakes you up with a peppery and minty kick that has a sweet and floral flavor with lemon and citrus … Continue reading

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Curried Bruschetta with Goat Cheese & Heirloom Tomatoes

In our Christianity influenced society, goats’ heads, especially with their weird eyes, are often associated with the devil, while the sheep symbolize innocence. Last week my perception of goats being strange completely changed when I visited Harley’s Goat Farm in … Continue reading

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Heirloom Tomato Salsa with Ancho Grilled Prawns

Every summer sun-kissed, colorful, juicy heirloom tomatoes get my mouth absolutely watery. Rich, deep and meaty, these tomatoes have fantastic flavors and texture. They also have such a great balance of sugar and acid that it’s easy to pop them … Continue reading

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Lavender Yogurt Chicken Kabob

In this Summer BBQ season, what is your favorite way to cook the chicken? A friend of mine likes to marinate it with vinegar to add flavor and make the meat tender, while another friend prefers to rub her own … Continue reading

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Curried Papaya Pork Soup with Roussanne

“I am hungry. Does anyone have a snack I can borrow?”, I said. “Have some papaya”, said my colleagues. “My stomach is upset”, I said. “Have some papaya”, said my neighbors. During my 2 year service with the US Peace … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Braised Steak

At the 14,110 foot summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado, I reached out my hand to touch the snow white, fluffy clouds that covered the view downslope. All of a sudden, the clouds mysteriously started dancing in the mountain breeze. … Continue reading

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Cactus Mushroom Rigatoni

When I was studying for my master’s in the middle of the Arizona desert, we had an unusual “accident” one night. A very drunk classmate of mine, who had drunk tons of alcohol and was desperately searching for a toilet, … Continue reading

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