Tofu Buddha Bowl with Ginger-Soy Dressing

Tofu Buddha Bowl with Ginger-Soy Dressing

Follow my blog with Bloglovin     My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary earlier this month with a visit to Carmel and Santa Barbara.  Since Carmel is a short drive for us, it makes for an ideal last-minute getaway.  Too ideal, in fact, that we seem to be making the drive once a […]

Stir-Fried Sausage, Chickpeas and Red Rice

Stir-Fried Sausage, Chickpea and Red Rice

  You don’t realize how much you miss something until you remove it from your life.  In my case, I’ve decided to eliminate (or limit my consumption of) caffeine, chips, wine and sweets, at least for now.  We have a generally healthy diet around here but I do like a salty snack fix once in […]

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles @lemonsanchovies

  What is it about noodles (or pasta) that is so satisfying?  That the thought of it immediately makes you hungry and even when your stomach warns, I’m getting full, you continue to eat anyway? Maybe I should only speak for myself?  I’ll happily eat noodles or pasta for days, especially if I prepare the dishes […]

Chinese Chili Sauce

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  It is an ongoing joke in my family how out of control my father can be when it comes to picking up unusual items at the Asian market (oddly-flavored drinks, chips, crackers, condiments).  Where my mother will come home bearing only the items she put on her list when shopping alone, excursions with my […]

Stir-Fried Eggplant with Sambal over Red Rice

Stir-Fried Eggplant with Sambal over Red Rice

  This is the kind of meal that I generally don’t even consider sharing here, not for its lack of merit but because I wonder if you would be interested in it at all.  But somehow when I do share a dish like this that takes mere minutes to put together, you seem to like […]

Noodles with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette (and a Visit to Death Valley)

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  We’ve just returned from a quick trip to Death Valley National Park.  At 282 feet below sea level, the park has the distinction of having the lowest elevation on the continent and is also widely known for its extreme weather conditions, scorching in the summer with temperatures in the 120’s (F).  Most Americans stay […]

Poached Cod and Egg over Rice

Poached Cod and Egg over Rice-3

  I looked forward to a few things in anticipation of vacationing in Maui over the holidays:  to being away from the day-to-day grind, to spending quality time with my husband, to swimming and lounging on the beach and…. …to eating a Japanese breakfast. I must have mentioned the last thing to my husband several […]

Asian-Style Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette

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  After a seemingly long winter and a half-hearted spring, summer is finally here.  This means that the sun will once again shine outside my office, luring me to more fun activities as I sit in a chilly, air conditioned room.  I hope that somewhere in my job description is listed daydreaming for I find myself […]