Pumpkin Tempura with Soy and Chile Dipping Sauce

          Every Autumn the food bloggers go a little crazy over pumpkin.  Just check Foodgawker this time of year and you’ll be bombarded with all kinds of questionable pumpkin concoctions.  Personally, I’d like to get on board with the experimentation but my (British) husband simply refuses to even look at it…

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Karaage Chicken

          I first learned how to make karaage (kara a gee) chicken in a Japanese cooking class whilst living in Beijing.  That was where I learned that coating things in cornstarch and frying until crispy was inspired by Chinese cooking to which I say, thank you China. For me, karaage chicken is…

Foolproof Cheesy Carbonara

    When I’m feeling particularly hedonistic, I find myself time and time again throwing together pasta carbonara for a decadent meal.  One day I found myself in the midst of putting it all together when I discovered that there just wasn’t enough Parmesan cheese to make it to my liking.  Still, the bacon was…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…

Croque Monsieur

       The French do many things well when it comes to food, but they are not particularly creative when it comes to sandwich making as can be seen in the croque monsieur.  You likely won’t find new and innovative ingredients between 2 pieces of bread but you will find quality.  The bread is…

Fresh Herb Pesto

  Traditional Basil pestos are my jam!  Although, for some reason, it still annoys me when my husband uses it as a condiment on pasta dishes – I have no idea why, because obviously it is a sauce by itself!  Nevertheless, we always keep a jar on hand in the fridge for extra flavor on…

Wok Fried Beef Noodles

          Wok-fried beef noodles are my go-to ‘meh…not really feeling like putting in that much effort dish’. You know that feeling.  Even people such as myself who love to cook can sometimes just get tired of it. That’s why I love this simple recipe. Just marinate the beef, chop up the…