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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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Bouillabaisse

On New Year’s Eve, we received a pleasantly surprising invitation from our neighbor, Lori, to come over and share a pot of her delicious Bouillabaisse. A Southern French specialty fish stew, Bouillabaisse originated in Marseille. ‘Bouillabaisse’ in French literally describes … Continue reading

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Curried Chicken Lentil Pilaf

In a wonder of nature, I was stunned by the sight of hundreds of elephant seal pups filling the sandy beach between the surf and brown cliffs with their gray, cylindrical bodies and cute round faces at the Año Nuevo … Continue reading

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Ancho Pumpkin Yogurt Cake with Dark Chocolate Chips

When you want to reduce the calories and saturated fat in your home-made cakes, what kind of healthy alternatives to butter do you usually consider?  While I’ve heard of people substituting butter with healthy oils, avocado puree or apple sauce, … Continue reading

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Mumbain Chickpea Battered Fried Potato Balls (Batata Vada)

The older I get, the more I see that life is about journeys and not destinations. While walking our paths up and down through many seasonal changes, we say “good bye” to a lot of the people who we love. … Continue reading

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Sherry Chicken Chickpea Stew

At my sister’s glamorous wedding many years ago at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, I felt my head spinning. Surrounded by a picture perfect wedding, I watched my sister and her husband going around hundreds of tables and thanking each guest … Continue reading

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Sautéd Watermelon Rinds with Tequila & Ancho Chili Olive Oil

Many years ago I had a roommate named Lisa in Berkeley. Lisa, who grew up in a simple Mid-Western society, believed in living with “as little waste as possible”. I found her way of living very inspiring. Under her influence, … Continue reading

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Truffle Gruyère Potato Salad

With the weather finally warming up, outdoor barbeques are back! Potato salad, a perfect side dish to serve with BBQ, is usually made with a mayonnaise and eggs mix or with a vinegar-based dressing, but I like using other “off-the-beaten” … Continue reading

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Amish Sauerbraten

When I was a kid in Korea, my parents used to take me to my Grandma’s house for a big family meal every Sunday. It was the most fun-filled day of the week. I got to share so many delicious … Continue reading

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