Sunday, May 29, 2011

Strawberry Eclair

Eclairs are so delicious especially when they are freshly made. Usually the eclairs I find are chocolate coated, but at this one particular bakery, they had strawberry eclairs as well! Instead of chocolate on the pastry, it was sprinkled with powdered sugar and the fresh whipped cream was garnished with a strawberry. It was hard to choose between the chocolate eclair and the strawberry eclair, but this time I was glad I chose the strawberry one for a change.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Chicken Cannelloni

My sister gave me a few servings of chicken cannelloni made from scratch and it was so delicious! It  is a really good make ahead and freeze meal. When you bring it out, it is still just as good after you bake it.

It was filled with chicken and topped off with bechamel sauce. I served it with salad and it made a really nice quick meal.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fresh Egg Noodles

I really enjoy fresh egg noodles even though they take an effort to make and it may sometimes seem easier to purchase them from the store. I made some over the weekend and took some photos so I can share a how to make fresh egg noodles post here. I'm working on the instructions and will post them soon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shark Fin Soup

This is a picture of the shark fin soup I had at a wedding I went to. Shark fin soup or shark fins soup (as some call it) is sometimes served at Chinese weddings or special occasions. It is often on the menu at nice Chinese restaurants, but I hear that sometimes the actual shark fins in them are not real and in fact are imitation shark fins. This is a relief because I don't think it would be a nice idea to eat real shark fins, as sharks should not be endangered just so that their fins can be consumed.
I like the overall taste of the soup, but I don't think I will try to make it at home, since I don't have a shark fins soup recipe.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of my family's favorite desserts, because it is simple and delicious. I don't often make apple pies from scratch, because I find that some of the storebought ones are really good. If I do make my own pie, I will usually buy the pie crust and just make my own apple pie filling since the crust is quite time consuming to make. The filling on the other hand is really simple and quick to make, provided I have a lot of apples on hand. I'm not sure which are the best apples for apple pie, so I simply use whichever is on sale at the grocery store.

I have also heard of fried apple pies and even an apple pie drink, but have yet to try either of them. I love anything fried so I definitely will have to try a fried apple pie soon.

If you have any easy apple pie recipes, feel free to share them in the comments section. :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole is one of my favorite dips, and I love serving it as an appetizer or snack when I am having a party or get together. Making guacamole is quite easy, and from what I understand, guacamole is quite healthy too! 

I don't use a specific guacamole recipe, but try to add the same ingredients each time. The quantity of each item does vary from time to time, because depending on taste, some may like more of this and less of that.

I generally will take 2 avocados and pit them, then put them in a bowl with half of a medium to large sized chopped tomato, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of minced onion, 5 springs of minced cilantro, the juice of one lime and salt and pepper to taste.

I take a fork and mash it all together since I like my guacamole chunky. Some of my friends don't do any chopping or mincing and just put all of the ingredients into a food processor. That method is a lot faster, and also yields a smoother guacamole.

I then serve the guacamole with both yellow corn chips and blue corn chips for variety.

If I make the guacamole and don't serve it right away or happen to have leftovers, I store it in a bowl in the fridge and cover it by gently pressing plastic wrap right on top of the guacamole so that it doesn't turn brown. Sometimes I don't do the best job with covering it up and end up with some air bubbles where the guacamole will turn brown, but I just give it a little stir before serving and it is fine.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Frozen Pizza

We like to make fresh homemade pizza at home, but sometimes there just isn't enough time for it. That's why I usually keep a frozen pizza in the freezer for when we have really busy days. I haven't quite found one that I really enjoy yet, but I am going to keep trying different ones, and maybe one of these days I will find an amazing one. I find that most of the storebought freezer pizzas are salty and the crust is usually terrible. I imagine it's quite difficult to make a good quality frozen pizza, but maybe one of the food companies will come up with one soon. (Or maybe, the best frozen pizzas already exist and I just have yet to discover them) Lol. I'm sure the worst frozen pizza exists too. Hopefully I don't discover one of those.
Maybe I should try making homemade frozen pizza and see how that turns out.

I'd love to hear of the best tasting frozen pizza you've had or perhaps a good frozen pizza dough recipe if you have one. Feel free to comment!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed peppers are a colorful side dish to add to a meal or to serve as a meal. The above is an orange stuffed pepper that one of my sister's made and below are yellow and green stuffed bell peppers that my other sister made.

I ate these as a snack one afternoon and was quite surprised as they are different from other stuffed peppers that I have eaten. The peppers were not as soft and the stuffing was not quite as moist as what I am used to, but they were still delicious.

4 bell peppers (any color you like)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 pound lean ground beef or chicken
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice, cooked (or cooked quinoa)


Cut off the top of each pepper

Remove the seeds and membranes

Chop up edible part of the tops and put aside.

Rinse peppers under cold water. Put them aside.

Heat olive oil in a large pan.

Sauté chopped pepper tops, onion, celery and carrot for about 3 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Add garlic, oregano, basil, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then remove from heat.
In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg.

Mix in ground beef and cooked rice. Then mix in vegetable mixture.

Stuff peppers with the mixture and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350° F for 30-40 minutes.
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