Vegetarian

  • Unexpected Cheddar Broccoli Soup Recipe

    October 8, 2020Van

    Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar is one of my favorite cheeses – it tastes like a combo of an aged cheddar and Parmesan – it has a creamy, slightly crumbly texture. If you don’t live near Trader Joe’s, look for Montamoré Cheddar by Sartori at your local markets – it’s the same cheese.  This broccoli cheese soup…

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  • Instant Pot Snow Skin Mooncakes with Coconut Mung Bean Filling Recipe – Bánh Dẻo Trung Thu

    September 29, 2020Van

    purchased hereTết Trung Thu or Mid-Autumn Festival is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, which is in September or early October – this year it lands on October 1, 2020 when the fullest moon will appear.  It’s day to…

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  • Mastro’s Warm Butter Cake Recipe

    September 17, 2020Van

    I drained my bank account so you don’t have to – I lived 5 minutes from Mastro’s Steakhouse so it was a little too easy to pick one of these warm butter cakes for “research”, after tax and tip, you’re looking at $25+ for 1 small cake! There’s a reason why almost everyone that visits…

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  • EASY Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe (No-Soak)

    September 14, 2020Van

    This is super simple recipe to make delicious Refried Beans in the Instant Pot without having to soak the beans overnight – what a time saver! Check out my recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Rice here.

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  • Instant Pot Coconut Cheesecake Recipe

    September 2, 2020Van

    My husband loves coconut, so I decided to make him a coconut cheesecake – it was perfect timing that it happens to be World Coconut Day! This Coconut Cheesecake is perfectly creamy, the toasted coconut flakes give it a nice textural variance and to boost the coconut flavor even more, I used coconut cookies for…

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  • Instant Pot Matcha Mochi Recipe

    September 1, 2020Van

    Mochi is one of my family’s favorite treats, anytime we’re at our favorite Japanese market, Mitsuwa Market – my kids always ask for a sweet rice cakes or mochi ice cream – it’s soft, chewy and slightly sweet. If you want to learn more about the laborious traditntal way of making mochi, watch this cool…

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  • Hatch Green Chile Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Recipe

    August 30, 2020Van

    I love Santa Fe. Everything about the city is magical. On my first trip there almost a decade ago I ventured into a tiny cupcake shop called “Dream Cakes” near the plaza. One particular cupcake caught my eye—green chili and cornbread cupcake. What!??? All of the traditional flavors of New Mexico married together in an…

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  • Oven Roasted Hatch Chiles Recipe

    August 29, 2020Van

    When it’s hatch chile season, our family finds countless ways to use these delicious green chiles. We always start off by roasting them, then they are use on burgers, omelettes, salsa, and even in cupcakes.

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  • Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce Recipe – Vegan Almond Dip

    August 20, 2020Van

    This is my copycat of Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce. Years ago before Bitchin’ Sauce went national, I used to pick this up all the time from Vista Farmer’s Market in San Diego County. I was so surprised to see it last week at my local Costco, they’ve really gone huge now, and for good reason –…

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  • Classic Madeleines Recipe (les Madeleines de Commercy)

    August 7, 2020Van

    This recipe is based on Julia Child’s Classic French Madeleines from her cookbook “Way To Cook” (purchase here) – out of all the recipes I’ve tried, I think Julia Child’s is the best one with the best flavor. I’ve just updated it slightly & use a stand mixer to ensure a proper rise and to…

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