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October 2012

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, called Lagman, is a popular comfort food in Central Asian countries. This stew has Chinese origins and has a long history of being a staple of oriental cuisines from the Great Silk Road. Savory and delicious, it can be served as a stew, soup, or pasta dish. It all depends how […] Read More

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Cinnamon apple pockets, puff pastry

Finally, here is my final recipe in the Halloween recipe series: cinnamon apple pockets, made out of puff pastry, made to look like wizard hats. I hope they do look like wizard hats. To me they do look like wizard hats, but it might be my wishful thinking because I've been staring at them for […] Read More

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Easy spooky Halloween treats: chocolate bugs

For this Halloween, I didn't want to make any disgusting looking desserts (such as bleeding eyeballs or intestines), just something spooky and easy. So, my solution was to decorate all of my MANY-MANY Fall-themed desserts (that I don't seem to be able to stop baking) with spooky bugs made out of chocolate. As a result, […] Read More

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Halloween apple and pear mummy treats

Ever since Halloween cooking craze started, I've been seeing a lot of mummy themed foods, usually hot dogs wrapped in mummy-like pastry. Well, I wanted to wrap puff pastry around something other than a hot dog, so I thought why not make mummy apples and pears? Eating apple and pear mummy treats is like eating […] Read More

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On weekends, for breakfast I often crave for a warm savory tart, filled with eggs, vegetables, and cheese. I love the taste of the flaky, crumbly, a little salty tart crust that melts in your mouth. So, I made mini baked egg cups with spinach and Gouda cheese this past weekend - smaller versions of […] Read More

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Squirrels

It's always a challenge to capture a squirrel on camera, because they get spooked so easily, even at the sound of movement of the camera lens. I tried many times to get close to them, hoping they won't run away but they do. Lately, I've been lucky and was able to capture a couple of […] Read More

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Once upon a time, the pumpkin pie got infested with little chocolate bugs, spiders, and worms. Some of these creatures have eyes and are staring right back at you from the tart.  But, thankfully, there are three magic wizard hats (with cinnamon apple filling) to save the harvest.  It's a battle: the bugs have managed […] Read More

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This was a very special dinner. A couple of days ago my husband opened a bottle of 1987 Chateau Margaux (red Bordeaux wine) for a wine testing, and we had to drink it last night because the bottle was already open. This wine was bottled when I was 9 years old. Where does the time […] Read More

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Plum and apple tart on puff pastry

This is that puff pastry dessert I was talking about earlier this week, when I got carried away baking puff pastry goodies for Weekend Cook and Tell Event at SeriousEats.com. Just like anything with puff pastry, this recipe is very easy: just peel, slice, assemble and bake. Plum and apple tart that you see on […] Read More

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Chocolate bundt cake

I've been looking for a perfect chocolate cake recipe for a long time, and when I found this one on Epicurious.com with over 1,000 rave reviews, I had a strong suspicion that my search was over!   I wasn't disappointed, and you won't be either, if you try this recipe.  I used it to make […] Read More

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I decided to participate in Weekend Cook and Tell Event at SeriousEats.com and my photo was featured in their Round Up again, 2nd week in a row!!! For this weekend, the event was about making anything with puff pastry.   I love puff pastry, and for some time have been on a serious puff pastry kick, […] Read More

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