• tempura veggies
    Appetizer

    Technique: Tempura Veggies

    The first time Rob and I actually made tempura was in an Asian cooking themed cooking class at Sur la Table. We took this class way before I started working on the blog, but I was already pretty into cooking. The class taught us a lot about techniques and we made some great food, but it was also the first time we had ever fried anything. We fry things more regularly now, but tempura is pretty uncommon. We ended up doing this tempura because Rob saw Squash Blossoms at our farmers market. He had a rough idea of what to do with them (watching Food Network and Chopped they always…

  • Cauliflower Fried Rice
    Dinner

    Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

    This Cauliflower Fried “Rice” recipe is the reason why I love cooking.  You can completely transform a traditionally bland but healthy ingredient like cauliflower into a delicious meal.  I was pleasantly surprised when my husband asked for seconds and even brought leftovers to work. What is also great about this recipe is that it is vegan and gluten free in its base form, but you could easily add a protein to it to make it a one stop dinner.  Something like chicken is always a good addition since its pretty light, I think beef would just be a bit too heavy. I actually ran the cauliflower through a food processor myself, which…

  • Panang chicken
    Dinner

    Panang-Braised Chicken

    This Panang-Braised Chicken definitely fits into the easy weeknight meal category. I will admit up front that I did not make Panang curry sauce from scratch. I found a good looking Panang Curry base at Williams-Sonoma that I bought on the spot since I hadn’t see anything like it elsewhere. To round out the recipe, I combined the chicken with some snap peas and roasted cauliflower and served it over a bed of coconut-lime rice that I made in the Instant Pot. Rob loves Panang curry, but honestly trying to make something like this from scratch made me a little nervous. I love Asian flavors a lot, especially the complexity…

  • beef and broccoli trader joes
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Broccoli Rice Bowl

    This Beef and Broccoli recipe was effectively an accident based on a seeming random assortment of groceries we bought at Trader Joe’s. We were planning to have something else for dinner that didn’t really work out. Thanks to Rob picking up a few ingredients, that I initially questioned, I ended up creating one of the best Asian-inspired meals I have made. Also a first for us, we used our new Instant Pot as a rice cooker and it worked out PERFECTLY. The rice was sticky and perfectly soft.  Plus, it completely eliminated the problem we sometimes have stovetop of getting that hot spot on the bottom. So to the backstory…

  • Stir Fry
    Dinner

    Beef-Shishito Stir Fry Rice Bowl

    I have to say that I struggle with Asian flavors and making stir fry, they are super flavorful but they can be tricky to get just right.  All that said, I am super happy with the flavors I got with this rice bowl and it is so easy, perfect for a weeknight.  The beef has a great mixture of spice and sweetness from the quick marinade.    I cooked this with some shishito peppers which are really a nice Asian veggies to pair with a stir fry.  Most of them aren’t spicy (generally they are sweet but a small percentage of them can be pretty spicy) and are a perfect…