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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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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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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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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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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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Mushroom Chicken Pilau

“You’re eating rice for breakfast?”, said my friends with their eyebrows raised all the way to their foreheads. In Korean culture, many of us couldn’t think of any meals without a bowl of rice on our dining table. But, my … Continue reading

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