Garlic Soy Chicken Wings

In honor of the BCS Championship (I was rooting for Oregon, if anyone cares), I decided to make some chicken wings to accompany beer and legitimize the game watching. I researched various recipes, trying to minimize the unhealthiness of the dish. I came across this one, which was essentially just baking with spices, and decided … Continue reading

Baked Eggplant and Zucchini Sticks

I was feeling too lazy to go to the grocery store and my fridge was empty except for one eggplant and two zucchinis.  So I headed to my favorite allrecipes.com site to see what I could whip up with this bare minimum of ingredients.  The easiest recipe I found was Eggplant Snack Sticks, which not … Continue reading

Roasted Squash Seeds

Next time you carve a pumpkin, or say… maybe make a Creamy Kabocha Squash Risotto or Butternut Squash Soup… save the seeds for roasting!  They make a lovely quick and flavorful snack that you can eat by itself or use as a salad or soup topping. Roasted Squash Seeds Ingredients: 1 C raw squash seeds … Continue reading

Garlic Bread

As I was cooking the Leek Tops Mac & Cheese, I wanted to try making my own garlic bread to serve with it.  Natalya has made garlic bread in the past, usually just combining crushed garlic with olive oil on bread.  I decided to fatten it up a bit with some butter and herbs because, … Continue reading

Leek Tops Mac and Cheese

One of my new favorite vegetables are leeks, which we started picking up after seeing them at the farmers’ market (in season September to December).  Leeks look a bit like scallions on steroids, but the taste is a lot milder than its pungent onion relatives, with a hint of sweetness.  Most recipes only call for … Continue reading

Baked Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Artichokes

Okay, it’s not the most aesthetically appealing dish ever, but it is really delicious and really fast to make.  Artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes are really a fabulous combination.  I have seen this ingredient duo for pastas and frittatas as well, which I may have to try out soon.  I got this particular recipe off the … Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After a friend brought Brussels sprouts with bacon to our Thanksgiving Eve dinner, I couldn’t help but want to make my own as soon as possible!  Roasting Brussels sprouts, or any vegetable for that matter (such as asparagus), is quite simple — all you need is a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  There … Continue reading

Candied Yams

Yum! Candied sweets! Also called candied yams, this delicious dish makes veggies so fun to eat. I got this recipe from my cousin who makes this for her family for the holidays. The citrus flavor from the orange juice is a great addition. I also made a few tiny changes the second time I made … Continue reading

Our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and ate delicious food to your stomach’s content! For Natalya and me, it’s a bit too far to fly home to California for Thanksgiving (plus we work on Friday) so for the past few years, we have just stayed in New York.  We decided to host a Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Baked Crab Dip

My mom has made this crab dip for years for family gatherings and I admit I am absolutely obsessed with it.  It’s so simple and easy and absolutely delicious.  I mean, when the majority of the dish is cream cheese, how can it not be?  Haha ok hopefully haven’t totally put you off this dish … Continue reading