If I could describe this creative little number with one word, it would be decadent.  A delicate amuse-gueule if you may…

Prep time- 2 hours.  Filling assembly- 1 hour.  Steaming- 30 minutes.  Frying- 30 minutes.  Satisfaction of homemade dumplings- Priceless.

Here’s a healthy alternative to frying ravioli…and less of a mess, too!

Kimchi 101
This shortcut version is more pickled than fermented.  Either way, you’ll love this as a condiment with your favorite Asian cuisines…

The other night hubby and I watched Chopped, one of many favorite cooking challenges we enjoy viewing on the tele.  The new episode featured ‘grandma vs grandma’ where four, sweet elderly ladies eagerly anticipated the surprise ingredients from their baskets.

The original ingredients were adapted from a restaurant I frequently visited in the Bay Area.  I would often purchase the garlic spread by the pint so I can enjoy it at home.   For many years now I have learned to perfect the recipe in order to differentiate from the original…thus making it my own.

A few days ago I made roasted pork butt…marinated for two days, slow cooked for eight hours, and broiled to perfection for 20 minutes with added Chicharrón crumbles on top.  Given that it was just about three pounds of pork goodness, I knew I had to think of something to make with the left overs we were bound to have.

It’s been a couple of days since our Farm Fresh To You delivery of fresh produce came in.  My son’s school and Farm Fresh To You established a fundraising partnership that enables the school to earn 10% back for each home delivery they get. 

This is a rich, smooth, spreadable pâté, ideally using fresh, organic chicken livers.  Goes great with crunchy toasts!  Sealing the surface with a slick of clarified butter (see below), or with jellied stock helps to preserve the pâté’s pink tinge and basically stops it from graying.

Aside from the chicken liver pâté, I also experimented with making potted shrimp since I had a few cooked shrimp left over from making Pancit (rice noodles) just a few days ago.

Last year I tried to experiment with making homemade dolmades, but was unsuccessful with the rice bit.  It was not cooked all the way through…so, I have not given it another go ever since.  Having been exposed to dolmades at a young age, thanks to a handful of friends whose moms’ were experts in the making of, my palette simply fell in love with them.

Just a little play on deviled eggs last Easter Day.  My personal take is versatile enough to make for any occasion so I am personally calling this one a ‘Celebration’ deviled eggs recipe!

What’s incredibly easy to love, amazing Asian, and amazingly easy to make? Spring rolls!

Good to be back home at my little corner in the kitchen.  Visited mom for a few days at our old neighborhood in Brentwood, California and ate like there was no tomorrow.  Although back in my cozy kitchen cove, I was not quite ready to dive into the chopping board yet, so I whipped up something quick and easy for dinner.  If you recall my baked tortilla chips and dip(s) post on Superbowl Sunday–where I mustered a variety of seasonings for the baked tortillas, last night’s Bacon & Four-Cheese Tortilla Chips with Chunky Guacamole topped with homemade Crispy Bacon Bits dinner made for a wondrous evening of light snacking, yet was filling enough to satisfy my family’s hungry palettes.

Thus, without further delay, below is my rendition of homemade guacamole, chunky style!

It’s Superbowl Sunday today and the best excuse to cook up something good, easy and feed-a-lot friendly!  So what I have for you are homemade tortilla chips, with salsa fresca.  I also had some bean and cheese dip per request from our little guy (not homemade, except for the Serrano pepper I charred on the stove top.  Does this count?)

I don’t care much for ‘sweet potatoes’ in general, so it’s really not something you will find at my home often, if at all…with the exception of an intent to make sweet potato fries!

My first encounter with sweet potato fries was only a few months ago when I decided to venture at the frozen section of the Supermarket.  There was a 2 for $7 sale on frozen, organic sweet potato fries.  I figured, it wouldn’t hurt, right?