December 8, 2014

Cold Ramen Salad with Egg



Noodles are one of the first foods on my mind once the weather reaches “Feels like 15 Degrees”. I love a hot bowl of thick, buttery ramen at Chucko Ramen in Prospect Heights or a pile of pad thai at Cheers Thai in Williamsburg. My brother’s been raving about Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles in Chinatown which I’m hoping to try soon. Here’s a cold noodle salad I made with some leftover ramen; it makes for an easy lunch. What's your favorite noodle shop?

December 1, 2014

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

The holidays are heading towards me at full speed so I'm making sure that I get a sufficient amount of baking and holiday movie watching into my schedule before it's time to kick the Christmas tree to the curb. I was going to make a sweet potato cheesecake for Thanksgiving, but was intimidated by the cheesecake water bath technique.

November 18, 2014

Bibimbap



After eating my first bibimbap in Cambridge, Massachussets a few years ago,  I regretted that so much of my life had been bibimbap-less. Bibimbap is a Korean dish consisting of rice, assorted vegetables and a protein. It's typically served in a scalding hot stone bowl which cooks the bottom of the rice into golden brown crispiness. The bowl is usually topped with a raw egg that cooks when you push it against the hot stone. It's all eaten with gochujang paste or a gochujang-based sauce. Gochujang paste is a fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt.

November 17, 2014

Lemon Spaghetti


When I worked at Wish Cafe, a fusion restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut years ago, my co-worker used to order the lemon papardelle whenever she was off duty. The dish sounded tempting to me, but I always opted for the truffled potato pillows and fried calamari watercress salad, menu items that I couldn't or wouldn't make at home. When Alan ordered spaghetti with lemon at our neighborhood restaurant a few weekends ago, I tried a bite and was surprised how something so simple could be so pleasing. However, making it at home wasn't as simple as I assumed it would be.

November 5, 2014

Bacon and Eggs with Kale


Here's a way to make kale unhealthy. By cooking everything in bacon grease, we can infuse rich salty goodness into our eggs and kale, making them a little less boring for the weekend. Trust me, I don't eat like this every day. For the past two weeks, I've been saying NO to wheat, dairy and sugar on weekdays and have shed a few pounds just in time for the Thanksgiving binge. Aside from that, I just feel energized and healthy. You'll be seeing some of my wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free recipes as soon as I stop being so busy ("busy" meaning that I spent all last weekend reading Gone Girl in time to see it in the theater this weekend).