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Sesame oil chicken (ma you ji)

My mom is usually the cook in the family (either due to traditional cultural gender roles or due to her control freak-esque distrust of my dad’s cooking–one year for Thanksgiving when she was out of town visiting her parents in … Continue reading

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Taste of the Nation LA & Roast Leg of Lamb dinner

Nothing says charity in Los Angeles like paying to stuff and drink yourself silly.  Also, I’m pretty sure I don’t like sour beer.  I do, however, like soup shots, anything with squid ink, and the spectacle of paella.     … Continue reading

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Five Spice Braised Pork Belly (with buckwheat soba noodles & bok choy)

My last attempt at cooking pork belly at home was almost exactly a year ago with delicious but messy results.  The time it takes to cook pork belly (which usually benefits from slow cooking such as braising and roasting) doesn’t really … Continue reading

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Sour cream banana pancakes!

Thanks, Ina Garten!  I messed up a batch of homemade yogurt this weekend because I added almond milk instead of water to try and make it thicker and it turned out a little sour.  Whoops.  Oh well, turn it into … Continue reading

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Happy not going out to eat day!

From my experience, Valentine’s Day is the worst day to go out to dinner.  Most “nice” restaurants limit their menu to an overpriced prix fixe and either overbook or it’s impossible to book.  Plus, in L.A., traffic is unbelievably worse … Continue reading

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Paella!

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An oldie but a goodie — seared duck breast with cherry balsamic sauce.

Used a different cherry balsamic recipe that was way better than last time with some changes since I only had jarred cherries. 1 shallot, diced 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/2 to 1 cup drained jarred cherries 1/2 cup balsamic … Continue reading

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