Crispy Duck Breast with Sunchoke Purée, Charred Onion, and Rainbow Carrots

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While scanning through online news today, I came across an interesting proverb: “A man who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait for a very, very long time.” The adage mocks those who always sit around waiting for good things to fall upon their laps without taking any real action. It evocatively reminds me that whatever we hope to achieve must come from our own initiatives and hard work.  Continue reading

“Life is as peachy as I make it to be”—A Peachy Dish

While reading some quotes about food today, I came across an interesting proverb: “An apple is an excellent thing—until you have tried a peach” (George du Maurier, 1834-1896). True? Maybe it is time to try another dish with peach.

"Life is as peachy as I make it to be"

“Life is as peachy as I make it to be”

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Blueberry Shrimp Walnut Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Shrimp salads are often made with shrimps boiled in plain water. How about adding a little flavor and color to the shrimps? How about adding some warm textures to the salad?

Today, I tried making a colorful salad dish with shrimps boiled in blueberry soup.  Continue reading

Pan Seared Lamb Rib Chop with Blueberry-Thyme Jus

image-9.blogImagine combining blueberries and thyme to add a sweet and herbal flavor to seared lamb rib chop. How will the combination taste?              

Being a little adventurous today, I made a lamb rib chop dish in blueberry-thyme jus, hoping it would bring a satisfying taste.  Continue reading

Seafood Risotto—Recipe from an Italian Memory

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          A few years ago while in middle school, I went on a trip to Venice where I had a chance to taste a uniquely flavored risotto. While eating the soupy risotto, a subtle flavor of fresh seafood permeated my palate, leaving a lasting impression in my mind. Seafood risotto—one of the many wonderful Italian foods we love, is one dish I have been hoping to experiment since my trip to Italy.   

          And here is my own recipe to cook a home-made seafood risotto.  Continue reading

A Special Blessing – Fresh Salad with Fast Kiwi-Banana Dressing

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There are many wonderful ways to make salad dressings. Traditional salad dressings are often oil or vinegar based with salt and pepper added. For those who are health sensitive, dressings made from fresh fruits without oil, vinegar, salt, or pepper may be an appealing alternative.

Today, I made a salad dressing from fresh kiwi and banana—within five minutes. Before I started, I was more concerned with the nutrition facts than the taste. It would certainly be healthier, but would it be as flavorful as the traditional dressings? I was not sure.

Guess what? I was in for a delightful surprise.  Continue reading

A Colorful Stew without Gravy

Image-MainStew often comes with gravy—thickened with flour, starch, oil, or other added sauces. Making stew is usually a slow-cooking process. What if you want to have a warm, hearty stew dish but you are short of time? What if you want to stay away from the heavy gravy which can pack a lot of unhealthy fat and salt?  Continue reading

Celebrating the Diversity and Creativity of Street Food – San Francisco Street Food Festival

On a sunny summer day, you leisurely stroll amid the aroma from hundreds of food stands, craving for each and every exotic item engulfing your palate. And sure, you can have them – and have them all if you want – quickly and conveniently.

This is the scene at the San Francisco Street Food Festival where my friends and I frolicked today. Featured more than 100 different specialty and ethnic foods representing the best in Northern California, the festival celebrates the dynamic culture of street food while showcasing a variety of exotic fusion and ethnic foods originating from all over the world.

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Seafood Pasta Glazed in Peach Sauce

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There are many wonderful sauces to flavor a pasta dish, among which are the ones we routinely pick up from grocery stacks – Marinara, Alfredo, Bolognese, Mushroom Cream, etc. When you do not have time to run to the store, or when you just want to engulf your own palate with something new, it is time to create your own pasta sauce.

I happened to have some fresh peaches on my counter, luscious and ripe — perfect for experimenting with an exciting new pasta sauce. So, I tried this recipe out. Continue reading

Easy Recipe for Soy Sauce Stewed Chicken Wings

un-used.imageThere are many different ways to cook and eat chicken wings. I used to like fried and grilled chicken wings until I learned that they may not be the healthiest choices. These days, I prefer to stew chicken wings because I feel the tenderness and freshness of wings can be best preserved and tasted in this way of cooking. Below is a really simple recipe I developed for stewing chicken wings. Continue reading