recipe: hearty beef chili

i planned for little one and i to make cornbread together so i decided the dish to go with it would be chili! usually i leave chili for m to make Emeril’s vegetarian chili but since i had some ground beef defrosting, i decided to try something new. Continue reading “recipe: hearty beef chili”

recipe: creamy and creamless stroganoff

creamy and creamless stroganoffi love beef stroganoff but i’m not a fan of sour cream. this pressure cooker recipe is perfect since you cook everything first and then add the sour cream afterwards so you can have it with or without! another option for those who are not a fan of sour cream but want a creamy version, use greek yogurt! Continue reading “recipe: creamy and creamless stroganoff”

recipe: pressure cooker pot roast with vegetables

pressure cooker pot roast with vegetablesone of the easiest thing to make in a pressure cooker is pot roast. the meat is so tender and the vegetables are so soft and soak in all of the flavor. it is truly a wonderful, easy and no-fuss dish. i had some string beans that were going bad and just threw it in as well. delish! Continue reading “recipe: pressure cooker pot roast with vegetables”

Fourth of July – basic burger & veggie skewers

burgers happen to be something that our whole family can eat together despite k’s allergies. so it was a easy Fourth of July meal: easy peasy burgers and grilled vegetable skewers!

cooking tools

  • frying pan
  • grill
  • wood skewers – and/or –
    mini straws
  • circle cookie cutter

ingredients Continue reading “Fourth of July – basic burger & veggie skewers”

thai beef lettuce wrap

i love meals in lettuce wraps and this is no exception. the best part of this dish is the sauce – the crazy combination of chili sauce, fish oil and lime juice is amazing! the sauce goes perfectly with the steak and all the fresh vegetables with it makes it such an addictive dish that it’s hard to stop eating. Y-U-M!


  • 12 ounce grass-fed flank, skirt, or sirloin steak
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup colored bell pepper
  • 1 head Bibb or Romaine lettuce, washed and dried, leaves separated

Chili lime sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce (we like sriracha)
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced

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you need 5 napkins to eat this burger

there are many restaurants i have to go on my “i will eat” list. one of them is Nice Matin in the upper west side in new york city. even though i haven’t made it there yet, i went to the “offspring” of the restaurant: the 5 Napkin Burger, named after Nice Matin’s most popular dish. what can i say, this place is burger heaven: a variety of 10-ounce custom ground beef. between the 6 of us, we ordered the 5 napkin burger, the bacon-cheddar burger, the cheeseburger and the lamb burger. burgers were cooked to order and flavorful. each burger … Continue reading you need 5 napkins to eat this burger

BAK: sports bar, korean style

sports bars can be fun to go to watch a game and indulge in some fun American fast food. but at BAK it’s a sports bar with korean food done well. i had the Haemul Pajeon (korean pancake) and Bulgogibap (marinated steak with vegetables). the pajeon could be a little crispier but the bulgogibap was very well flavored and tasty. friends had the korean tacos, Bibimbap (assortment of vegetables with or without meat over rice) and Mandu Gui (deep fried crispy dumpling). i tasted some of the mandu gui and that was really good too! unfortunately the team i was … Continue reading BAK: sports bar, korean style

garlic prime rib

to send off 2011 and bring in 2012, my gf threw a new year’s eve party and she cooked up a storm! one of the recipes she used was garlic prime rib and she raved how easy it was. she had all the ingredients ready so i helped her get it ready. it was easy and so good! the only thing missing is a photo to document this dish. when i make it again, i will be sure include! Ingredients 1 (10 pound) prime rib roast 10 cloves garlic, minced 5 cloves garlic, quartered lengthwise 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 … Continue reading garlic prime rib

healthy ingredients swap

with simple food swaps, everything you already eat can have a place in a healthy lifestyle by replacing high-calorie and unhealthy ingredients with good-for-you items that taste just as delicious. * Caesar Salad Swap out: Bottled Caesar dressing Swap in: Simple homemade Caesar dressing Ingredients 1/4 cups pasteurized egg substitute 1 clove garlic, minced 1-1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan 8 cups romaine lettuce coarsely cut Preparation In small bowl, whisk together egg substitute; garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and … Continue reading healthy ingredients swap