no hiding great flavor at hide-chan ramen

d saved me a japanese magazine with listings of over ten noodle places in nyc. i already went to two of them and both were really good so i had high expectations for the others. anyhoo, m & i were meeting friends to see a movie at japan society. they chose this restaurant: hide-chan ramen. it happened to be one of the restaurants in the japanese magazine. hide-chan’s owner, bobby munekata, also owns totto ramen, which m & i went to last year and we loved it! so two thumbs up – for both of bobby munekata’s restaurants. while both restaurants are noodle … Continue reading no hiding great flavor at hide-chan ramen

brain boosting foods

According to Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results, these are must-have endurance foods recommended: Beef, extra lean: High in iron, a mineral that improves memory, alertness and attention span. Beets: Contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that helps relay signals from one brain cell to another. Blueberries: Excellent source of antioxidants and “anthocyanins,” compounds thought to help protect brain cells from toxins, improves use of glucose in the brain, and promotes communication between brain cells. Broccoli: Packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that help protect brain tissue from toxins. Carrots: High in beta … Continue reading brain boosting foods

avocado, ham and watercress salad

i am enjoying trying various dishes with watercress. here is another watercress salad with some of my favorite flavors – avocado and ham. the original recipe has crispy bacon. as you know, i’m not a fan of bacon so i chose prosciutto. you can make the prosciutto crispy but i like prosciutto thin and chewy. i also added some colored bell peppers to the salad for some more crunch and vitamins. it’s such a light and refreshing salad – and even better, it’s good for ya! Ingredients ham: 4 slices bacon or 2 slices prosciutto 3 small avocados, diced 1/2 bunch watercress … Continue reading avocado, ham and watercress salad

jambalaya pasta

when my family and i went to virginia, we had dinner at the sweetwater tavern. my mom got a jambalaya pasta dish that she absolutely loved. aside from being a tad too salty, she couldn’t stop talking about it. so, when my family came over for dinner, i made this pasta to recreate the meal my mom enjoyed so much! the flavor of emeril’s jambalaya pasta was amazing. warning: be light-handed in adding emeril’s essence creole seasoning because it sure packs some serious heat! i added 1 tablespoon at a time – 1 tablespoon wasn’t very spicy but 2 tablespoons was HOT! … Continue reading jambalaya pasta

satay sliders

i have been a eating out a lot this month, mainly because there has been quite a flurry of activities! while eating out is fun and i was able to control what i eat – not going crazy in proportion or decadence – still, after a while you miss a nice home cooked meal. yes, i missed cooking! anyhoo, now that things have slowed down, i found a saved recipe that i looking forward to making. i saw rachael ray make this on her daytime tv show a while ago: satay mini burgers! thai flavors within a bun – sounds … Continue reading satay sliders

pork tenderloin with plum bbq sauce

rachael ray made this recipe as an alternative to ordering chinese takeout. now, i don’t know where she orders takeout from but i’ve never seen this recipe in a takeout menu before! i’m not a big fan of sweet barbeque sauce but this plum bbq sauce is so good! in this recipe rachael uses hoisin sauce with her plum mixture but i substituted it with barbeque sauce. it is so tasty over the pork tenderloin. so forget the takeout and make this dish tonight! Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 (1-inch) piece peeled ginger, grated 4 plums, sliced … Continue reading pork tenderloin with plum bbq sauce

allergies, pesticides, organic

i am allergic to some foods – mainly fruits – since around high school. prior to then i was able to them with no problem! i was especially bummed that i couldn’t bite into a crunchy sweet granny smith apple – probably the fruit i miss the most. some told me the issue was pesticide. when organic foods started appearing in our supermarkets as a potential solution, it was too expensive so i didn’t get to try it until years later. unfortunately it didn’t do the trick as i am still allergic. since 1985, the environmental working group puts out a list of … Continue reading allergies, pesticides, organic

sausage over garlic lentils

like beans and unlike quinoa, a fellow seed, lentil has a pronounced flavor. truth be told, i’ve never been big on lentils. when m & i would go to indian restaurants, i would gladly give up my share of the daal. but since had leftover lentils from the herbed bulgur-lentil pilaf recipe i made the other day, i went in search of another recipe with lentils. even in the pilaf recipe, i did taste the lentil. it wasn’t as pronounced so i didn’t mind it so much. anyhoo, i found this recipe of lentils flavored with onions and garlic. it … Continue reading sausage over garlic lentils

high protein foods

when thinking about protein, we often think about beef. when a family member had surgery and was hooked up to an IV for a week, once he was able to start eating solids, doc said to fill him up with proteins. but with high cholesterol as a concern, beef was out of the question. i had some ideas of proteins but i was curious which food items bring more bang for the bite. Chicken Chicken breast, 3-1/2 ounces – 30 grams protein Chicken thigh, 10 grams protein (for average size) Drumstick, 11 grams protein Wing, 6 grams protein Chicken meat, … Continue reading high protein foods

not on the butter and bacon bandwagon

set aside butter … let the other flavors shine! pretend food network interview q1: you use margarine??? NEXT! i enjoy butter. i do! it is a wonderful flavor and an amazing ingredient in infinite creations of food. sometimes when i watch cooking shows and read recipes, i cringe seeing how much butter is in the recipe. aside from having high cholesterol, i have a “too much” threshold. if i eat something with too much butter, MY butter threshold, i need to down a pot of hot tea to ungrease myself. so i like to substitute butter with margarine. i happen … Continue reading not on the butter and bacon bandwagon

barbeque nachos

so we had brunch this weekend and brought some leftover quesadilla. so what would go perfectly with quesadilla? guacamole and nachos! the neely’s are known for their barbeque so i was excited to try this recipe. the sauce may be a little sweeter than savory but with a dollop of guacamole on top, this is the perfect snack or side dish. it is finger-licking delish! NEELYS BARBEQUE SAUCE Sauce Ingredients 2 cups ketchup 1 cup water 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 5 tablespoons light brown sugar 5 tablespoons sugar 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 … Continue reading barbeque nachos

pizza pretzel

i love pizza but unlike some who only eat the cheesy part – i also love the pizza crust. so this pizza pretzel recipe is like having an amazing pizza crust – forget about pizza hut’s cheese in the crust: pepperoni lovers can add pepperoni into the dough, vegetarians can add sun-dried tomatoes, or be creative and add your own ingredients! just like pizza, you can make it any way you like and enjoy! Ingredients 1 ball store-bought pizza dough 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup basil leaves, torn 1 cup pepperoni, chopped or 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped … Continue reading pizza pretzel