Fried Rice

Fried Rice

  At one time or another, all of us are probably guilty of throwing out leftovers and senselessly wasting food. I know I’m guilty, unfortunately, on more than one occasion. I recently read a post by a foodie friend at Kimchi Mom which reminded me that I needed to renew my efforts to not waste food. I’ve been trying to change my ways for a while. For example, since Bebe E and I are typically home for lunch during the week, we...

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Chinese Egg Rolls

  Chinese New Year arrived quite early this year on Monday, January 23, 2012. I wasn’t prepared for it as I was still recovering from Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year’s) and dealing with life’s curve-balls. I debated whether I would cook this year or not; whether I would write a 2012 Chinese New Year’s post. Last year, I was highly motivated and made two dishes: Chinese – style egg rolls and Jai (or Buddha’s...

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Buta no Shogayaki (Japanese Ginger Pork)

Buta no Shogayaki (Japanese Ginger Pork)

As a kid, I never used to like pork much. Especially pork chops. These days, I seem to like pork more, not just because lean pork is lower in calories and fat than beef, but because I like it’s versatility. However, I still don’t make pork chops very often, in fact, I rarely make pork chops although Bebe Dada would enjoy it if I did. Instead, I’ve been using thinner bite-sized cuts of lean pork typically found at Japanese...

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My Moms Japanese Mabo Tofu

My Moms Japanese Mabo Tofu

  I’m a victim of fraud! This isn’t how I wanted to start my day nor my post on mabo tofu but that’s just how it is. I never thought it would happen to me, but apparently it’s not uncommon. I use my Bank of America issued pink and white Hello Kitty debit card everywhere. I love my cute Hello Kitty card… I usually don’t carry much cash with me and rely on my debit card for even the smallest $3 purchases. I...

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Buta Shabu-Shabu (Japanese Hot Pot with Pork)

Buta Shabu-Shabu (Japanese Hot Pot with Pork)

  Dreary, cold, June Gloom isn’t so bad when I know we’re having shabu-shabu for dinner. I’m sure there are many of you reading this that are thinking, “What? Shabu-shabu in the summer?” Trust me, it worked really well for us in Southern California last week while my mom was visiting. I woke up one morning to very gray skies and cool weather. I decided right then that we would have shabu-shabu for dinner that...

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My Moms Gyoza, Game 3

My Moms Gyoza, Game 3

  How often have I started a blog post with, “I love ____ ! It’s absolutely my favorite childhood food that my mom used to make for us.” If you’ve been following my blog, I think you would agree that I have a lot of favorite childhoods foods, more than you could count on one hand, and if I really think about this, it’s very hard for me to pick just one food that is my absolute favorite because my mom lovingly made...

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Zesty Italian Sausage Hash & Babies

Zesty Italian Sausage Hash & Babies

  Some nights for dinner, I must indulge bebe dada and cook whatever he chooses to bring home from Costco.  Yesterday, he found Zesty Italian Sausage (7 sausages in 1 pack, sold in a 2 pack carton for $8), a huge carton of button mushrooms for $4 and a bag of bell peppers (2 each of yellow, orange and red) for $6… Bebe dada was happy to find some good value items. You’re probably wondering what we were going to do with 14 giant...

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Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork

  For the longest time I avoided kalua pork because it didn’t look appetizing. Never ‘judge a book by it’s cover!’ With some encouragement, I finally took my first bite of  kalua pork while on a trip to Hawaii at a luau.  I was hooked! After that, I only ate kalua pork when I was in Hawaii.  Then I discovered that it wasn’t half bad, in fact pretty darned good at The Loft and King’s Hawaiian Bakery...

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