The beauty of a stir fry is that you can personalize the ingredients to your preference or what is seasonal. My mom usually made the dish with Beef and Onions, just like they made at Liu’s Chinese Restaurant in Beverly Hills. We enjoyed many Sunday night dinners at this restaurant, but sadly this first-rate restaurant is long gone. Over the years my mom and I both tweaked Madame Wong’s recipe. For a long time I kept this dish simple with Beef, Broccoli and Onions. In the current version, I added an assortment of vegetables…
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Over Spring Break I learned how to make homemade Udon noodle soup from my friend Erika, who is Japanese American. My family visited with Erika’s family in the San Francisco area, and we enjoyed an authentic Japanese home-cooked meal together. I joined Erika in the kitchen and learned that this soup is easy to make. While we were cooking in the kitchen, our kids were playing a make-believe game of cooking school. I wonder where they got that idea?
Erika showed me how udon noodle soup is made in stages. First you start with dashi stock, a traditional Japanese fish stock that is the foundation for many Japanese recipes. Erika makes hers with water and instant granules, similar to bouillon cubes. Then the dashi is seasoned to complete the udon broth. Next chicken, vegetables and egg are cooked directly in the broth. Cooked spinach, cooked noodles and scallions are added to complete the soup. This dish is the kind of meal that home cooks whip together by feel and usually don’t use exact measurements. Luckily, I followed Erika around the kitchen so I was able to get approximate measurements and to write down the directions.
Want to get more greens in your diet? Don’t know what to cook with all the greens that come in your Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box? This pesto pasta is the answer. Not only is this pesto delicious on pasta, it makes a fantastic sauce for chicken, fish, and bruschetta.
These adorable chocolate lollipop centerpieces are quick and easy to make with the kids. The lollipops make such cute centerpieces for spring holidays like Passover and Easter.
I remember making homemade molded chocolate with my grandma Shirley when I was a kid. Making candy was always a fun project. As an adult, I inherited my grandma’s candy making molds and stored them for a long time. Recently, I came across the molds, and it’s been such a joy to share them with my kids. My grandma would have been thrilled to watch my little darlings make chocolate with her molds. I get a little “verklempt” (emotional) thinking about the tradition continuing.
Today I am sharing an El Salvadoran dish and one of my “go-to” comfort foods: casamiento, which means marriage in Spanish. Casamiento is made by mixing together, or marrying, rice and beans. I make a wrap by filling a tortilla with casamiento and my favorite toppings. My kids love when I set up a topping […]
The Apple Pan is a legendary burger joint in West Los Angeles. It has a cult-like following and is busy all hours of the day and night. The place looks exactly the same as it did when it opened in 1947– including its cottage exterior. It’s a blast back in time with its counter-only seating, […]
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