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What’s for dinner? Stir-fried Chicken and Bok Choy!

CK and I have grown tired of our go-to easy weeknight stir fry dish: chicken breast + frozen veggie mix + oyster sauce + rice. I came across this recipe when searching for recipes with bok choy – a request from CK. Of the many different homemade stir fry recipes we’ve tried, this one shined brighter […]

Finally! A home cooked dinner: Mike Chicken Satay and Scallion Pancakes

First meal in our new kitchen! After six weeks of rotating takeout from the same fast food places (no more Quiznos, please!) having a plate of nourishing grains, greens, and ‘teins sure felt soul satisfying. When discussing dinner I told Mike, “Well, I was thinking of making Mike chicken but making it… Asian.” He looked skeptical. […]

July 4th Tortellini Salad

Another name for Torellini is “ombelico” (belly button).  Hence why popular myths around the creation of the pasta have to do with a man viewing a woman’s belly button and being inspired by its beauty to create a pasta after it. I can’t say many belly buttons have inspired me in my life or that […]

More Christmas Cookbook fun – Baked’s Orange Blueberry Muffins

I adore the breakfast pastry section in the Baked cookbook that Lisalame gave me for Christmas. Authors Lewis and Poliafito express so wonderfully the morning lift one feels from the aroma of buttery fruity pastry baking in the morning, especially when brewing espresso simultaneously!! ** LOVE-THIS-LIFE ** So to start my foray into this cookbook I chose the Orange […]

Spicy Peanut Soup with Chicken and Collards

That title! So seductive! The thought of wilted collards bathing in a spicy peanut broth with the occasional chunk of tender chicken — how can you not want to make this recipe? My suggestion: don’t. I make an effort to bring lunch to work every day of the week. To avoid falling into the boring […]

Italian Cheese Twists

A family recipe adopted from Mrs. Bowen’s middle school home economics class.  We make these every Thanksgiving and I’ve been making them for parties in between.  Pairs nicely with New Year’s Eve champange. Italian Cheese Twists Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter softened 1/4 teaspoon basil, crushed 1/4 teaspoon oregano, crushed 1/4 teaspoon marjoram, crushed 1/4 teaspoon […]

Mike Chicken + Lovely Reminders of Home

Was a great day for mike yesterday! His favorite chicken plus mail from MA. Awesome! Don’t worry Lis, we haven’t opened the box yet… but he kept shaking it and is pretty confident as to what it is. Dad, I opened his envelope since he opened mine! (fair is fair). =) It’s Christmas Week!!!