Category Archives: Home cookin

Chuc mung nam moi! – Happy Lunar New Year!

For the Chinese, it’s the year of the Rabbit, for the Vietnamese it’s the year of the Cat.  My dear friend Cat posted an interesting article on her facebook as to why the Vietnamese celebrate the cat versus the rabbit. 

Chuc mung nam moi! – Happy Lunar New Year!

For the Chinese, it’s the year of the Rabbit, for the Vietnamese it’s the year of the Cat.  My dear friend Cat posted an interesting article on her facebook as to why the Vietnamese celebrate the cat versus the rabbit. 

Vietnamese caramelized pork

Growing up I never appreciated Vietnamese cuisine for the deliciousness it is.  In my younger days I would have taken a happy meal over a bowl of rice and meat any day.  But having been away from my mom’s daily

Vietnamese caramelized pork

Growing up I never appreciated Vietnamese cuisine for the deliciousness it is.  In my younger days I would have taken a happy meal over a bowl of rice and meat any day.  But having been away from my mom’s daily

Biscuits and Gravy

I love when I have the right leftovers to make something delicious. Biscuits + sausage + butter + flour + milk = For the recipe click

Biscuits and Gravy

I love when I have the right leftovers to make something delicious. Biscuits + sausage + butter + flour + milk = For the recipe click

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I found Jaden Hair’s recipe for sweet and sour chicken on Elise Bauer’s blog, Simply Recipes.  I am a huge fan of both ladies, they do great things with food and I frequent their blogs regularly.  I highly recommend getting

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I found Jaden Hair’s recipe for sweet and sour chicken on Elise Bauer’s blog, Simply Recipes.  I am a huge fan of both ladies, they do great things with food and I frequent their blogs regularly.  I highly recommend getting

Tortellini with short ribs and zucchini

I love and hate Paula Deen.  She has such a great personality and most of her dishes look mighty good, but goodness the woman needs to cool it with the butter and frying.  I mean do you really need to

Tortellini with short ribs and zucchini

I love and hate Paula Deen.  She has such a great personality and most of her dishes look mighty good, but goodness the woman needs to cool it with the butter and frying.  I mean do you really need to

Enchilada Torte – Flashback to 7th grade home-ec

The best way to describe enchilada torte is mexican lasagna.  Layers of meat and cheese between tortillas.  This recipe is from my 7th grade home-ec teacher Mrs. H.  Below is a picture of the actual copy of the recipe, very

Enchilada Torte – Flashback to 7th grade home-ec

The best way to describe enchilada torte is mexican lasagna.  Layers of meat and cheese between tortillas.  This recipe is from my 7th grade home-ec teacher Mrs. H.  Below is a picture of the actual copy of the recipe, very

Seared scallops

My husband’s family is from Massachusetts and they say “scoll-lops”, (scoll sounds like doll), I say “scal-lops” (scal like gal).  Or another way to look at it would be gallop not trollop!! I do love the New England accent. I

Seared scallops

My husband’s family is from Massachusetts and they say “scoll-lops”, (scoll sounds like doll), I say “scal-lops” (scal like gal).  Or another way to look at it would be gallop not trollop!! I do love the New England accent. I

Chao/Congee/Porridge/Yummy chicken and rice soup… ish

For most people, chicken noodle soup is ubiquitous with being sick, but for me it’s chao (aka congee) – an asian chicken and rice porridge-ey soup.  Nothing like a steaming bowl of chao to make the sniffles go away, or

Chao/Congee/Porridge/Yummy chicken and rice soup… ish

For most people, chicken noodle soup is ubiquitous with being sick, but for me it’s chao (aka congee) – an asian chicken and rice porridge-ey soup.  Nothing like a steaming bowl of chao to make the sniffles go away, or

Banana Muffins

This is Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe for banana muffins, and they’re fab.  Sweet, fragrantly banana-ey, and so good.  I didn’t make the frosting, but didn’t feel like I was missing anything, still yummy.

Banana Muffins

This is Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe for banana muffins, and they’re fab.  Sweet, fragrantly banana-ey, and so good.  I didn’t make the frosting, but didn’t feel like I was missing anything, still yummy.

Stuffed Peppers

I decided to use breadcrumbs this time because it was easier, but if you have time I’d recommend using rice.  I used to try and add everything but the kitchen sink to my food, but I’ve learned to KISS –

Stuffed Peppers

I decided to use breadcrumbs this time because it was easier, but if you have time I’d recommend using rice.  I used to try and add everything but the kitchen sink to my food, but I’ve learned to KISS –