Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Fruits and Cream

A few weeks ago, a reader inquired if she could use my chiffon cake as the base for the ever-popular Chinese bakery birthday cake, one that is typically filled with fresh or canned fruits and whipped cream. My initial thought had been that it should be possible but if we bake the cake in a […]

Spicy Ham Fried Rice

The best part about cooking for yourself is that you get to do whatever you want. You can use your favorite protein and veggies or whatever leftover ingredients you have in your fridge. Once again, I’m attempting to finish up our New Year ham in this easy and delicious fried rice, this time adding Sriracha […]

Easy Stir-Fried Green Cabbage

For lunch today, we had Kirkland Master Carve Ham, Reser’s Main St. Bistro Baked Scalloped Potatoes, and a simple green cabbage stir-fry. Delicious! 2 tablespoons oil (I use extra light olive oil) 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced 1 medium head cabbage (2 to 2-1/4 pounds), rinsed, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced […]

Coffee Chiffon Cake

One of the best features of chiffon cakes is that they make a delightful afternoon (or anytime actually) snack and an elegant dessert at the same time. Here’s a simple but absolutely delicious coffee-flavored chiffon cake to usher in the new year. Enjoy! 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided 1 tablespoon baking powder […]

Turkey Porridge with Simple, Stir-Fried Tomatoes

Made this delicious turkey porridge with leftover turkey from Christmas, along with a wonderfully savory tomato stir-fry. Absolutely satisfying! ❤️ Note: This is an approximation recipe where you could do no wrong (sorry, no exact measurement this time – both the turkey and tomatoes were leftovers, I just used them all). Porridge Rinse and place […]

Merry Christmas

“The things that matter most of all are often close at hand – A touch, a hug, a gentle look that says, “I understand.” The smile that inspires us, the words that let us know The way our hearts are leading is the way that we should go – These right-before-us, simple things may seem […]

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Visited Cleveland Botanical Garden today – beautiful and oh so creative Christmas tree and gingerbread house displays. Love the variety of exotic plants, butterflies, birds, and more in the Glasshouse as well! Truly a fantastic place to visit if you are in the area.

Cranberry and Almond Citrus Biscotti

Over the years, I have tried a variety of biscotti recipes and this is the one I always come back to. The biscotti itself is hard (as it should be) but not rock hard and hence, can be indulged as is, which is something I love to do. At the same time, it softens wonderfully […]

Baked Beef Curry Puffs

Baked these deliciousness last night – mouthwatering, flavorful beef and potato curry filling encased in crispy, buttery pastry – the combination is absolutely heady! Indulge with family and friends or freeze for future treats because you would not be able to stop at just one or two or even three. :) Enjoy! Make the filling […]