Well, I don’t really know much about this Hawaiian dish…other than I’ve only had Lau Lau a number of times from a chain eatery in shopping malls.  Of course, not knowing what home cooked Lau Lau could possibly taste like; and seldom do I run across authentic Hawaiian food where I live, I decided to just make them myself!

For those of you who has never experienced the southern comfort of collard greens, you are definitely missing out on a staple dish!  I’ve cooked this in many different ways but never holding out on two factoring ingredients that make this so good–apple cider vinegar and hot sauce.  Oh, and need I mention the obligatory bacon/ and or ham-hock to boot?!

Then into chairs, we sank to chat about this and that. Slowly, surely, we shared out loud telling stories that made us proud…

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!

The rain has finally reached us…Hoorah! We’ve had a dry spell for a while. Moreover, with the eminent lack of snow a few ski resorts at Lake Tahoe have had to close down for the season.

Now who wouldn’t love a recipe using only one pan?! And topping it off dining alfresco…

I could never pass up fresh-caught seafood, and there is nothing like wild-caught cockles on hot summer days…

Quick, easy, and impressively good!  Think of it as caramelized, barbecued bananas on a stick!  Here we go…

Although my family and I reside within distance of vast vineyards, wineries, apple orchards, and generally an agrarian’s dream community, there is one disadvantage or the-lack-of when it comes to buying certain products–the mere luxury of nearby (less than an hour away), culturally diverse markets in a quest for making international dishes I crave for…

Aloha!  Here is a dish I originally learned from a friend many years ago.  Since then I have tested out various other recipes with the hopes of capturing the true essence of Hawaiian cooking .  Mahalo…

Oh hey!  Well, here is an easy, rustic, comfort food, and I must say, just a simply delicious dish–originally adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘my father’s daughter Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness’, that was a huge hit for dinner with my family.

By the way, don’t mind my son digging right into the eyeball there…he is quite the foodie who wouldn’t have those any other way but first!

Today’s lunch menu with the hubs was Scotch Eggs and The Classic Caesar Salad with a Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne Rose Cuvee Belle Epoque 2004…just because.

Today I had the itch to fidget around my kitchen…and, by the same token, take care of my sweet tooth, as well.  I mentioned ‘carrot cake’ to my hubby, and he sort of just cringed.  He claims to not liking it.  Our little guy won’t even acknowledge it.

I have to admit that this is probably one of the best salads I’ve made thus far. If you’re a fan of both tomatoes and anchovies you’ll have to give this one a try!