Mandarin Jicama Salad

The shrimp skewers in this picture were nothing to write home about. But the mandarin-jicama salad was unlike anything I have ever made, and it would be great to go with a cool summer meal. Adapted from Sun Basket Serves 2-4 as a side 1/2 lb jicama 3-4 mandarins (I used cuties) 3 green onions…

Korean Steak Japchae

I had never heard of japchae before this recipe. I had only tried one Korean dish before, and it was not enjoyable, at all. This made me change my mind. This was delicious. And the glass noodles are so weird and fun to cook with. Adapted from Sun Basket Serves 2 1/2 lb top sirlion…

Beef & Broccoli

My standard Chinese takeout order is (meat) + broccoli. Sometimes shrimp, sometimes beef. Chicken if I have no other choice. This is steak and broccoli, with a sauce way better than the usual brown stuff. You need it. Recipe adapted from Plated Serves 2 2 top blade or flank steaks 3/4 cup jasmine rice 2…

Moo Shu Pork Tacos

We love tacos. You might have noticed. These are Asian tacos. Therefore they are fusion food. So you are instantly one of the cool kids if you make them. Recipe adapted from Hello Fresh Serves 2 1/2 lb ground pork 4 oz. red cabbage, shredded or chopped 3 radishes 1 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp…

Cacio e Pepe Skillet Pizza

Kale is not a topping I would have normally chosen for pizza, but somehow it works here. But the real star here is the cheese sauce. It’s to die for. And there is ricotta. Which makes it 10x better according to me, or inedible according to Chris. At least with pizza you can easily go…

Malaysian Laksa

I had never even heard of laksa until a business trip landed us at an Asian fusion restaurant in Canada. The server was going through the menu with us and started telling us about a dish that was some combination of ramen and Thai curry, which sounded pretty fantastic to me. It was, indeed, fantastic….

Sweet Potato & Green Chile Quesadillas

  I am usually much more concerned about the cheese that goes into my quesadillas than whatever other stuff happens to be in there. And I love sweet potatoes, but I was not so sure I wanted them in a quesadilla. But alas, I was wrong, and these were delicious. Hello, Meatless Monday. Recipe adapted…

Clam Chowder

I do not understand clam juice, and I was more than a little worried about using an entire bottle. It seems like it should be akin to using an entire bottle of fish sauce, which should never, ever happen. Alas, clam juice is apparently diluted so that even a whole bottle will not make your…

Roasted Carrots with Garlic Vinaigrette

This recipe comes courtesy of a Hello Fresh meal. While the meal itself was only passable, these carrots were delicious and I will definitely be making them again.

Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes

This is our side of choice with quesadillas. And fish tacos. And really anything with an even slightly Mexican-y flair. I mean, cilantro and lime basically are the name. And who doesn’t love roasted sweet potatoes?

Fried Rice

Now that I’ve made it successfully, I really can’t decide what was so difficult about getting this right. But obviously something was, because I was unsuccessful at least 10x before this. I’m fairly sure the age of the rice is the biggest factor. I had mostly ignored the advice about using old leftover rice that had been in the fridge when making it before and just attempted it with fresh rice. This time, I had some leftover Thai takeout rice, and it really made the difference.

Chicken & Avocado Sandwiches

The first time I made this, I made this with ground chicken. Lesson learned. Do not be like me. Cook your chicken in a spicy lime marinade, then shred it. Then you may proceed to making this sandwich.