Recipe Index

Appetizers

Thai Marinated Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers

Thai Marinated Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Skewers

I don’t know about you, but I kind of have a thing for grilled skewers. Meat on a stick, vegetables on a stick, fruits on a stick—whatever it may be, I’m there. What makes them wonderful is that they don’t usually require much time to cook, they’re (way) too easy to eat, and their flavorcontinue reading
Short Rib Poutine

Short Rib Poutine

I don’t want another “my famous buffalo chicken dip” for this weekend’s Super Bowl party, I want this Short Rib Poutine. Uh huh… You’re welcome. The first time I had poutine was in Quebec – where the dish was born. At the time, I didn’t know much about Canadian cuisine and I was told thatcontinue reading

Dynamite Spring Rolls

One of the things that I look forward to the most during the summer months is going to the farmers’ markets. I love to create new recipes with all my finds! Almost every vendor at my farmers’ market has these green finger-sized peppers, called shishito peppers. They’re sweet and smoky, and surprisingly, not spicy atcontinue reading

Asian

Filipino Chicken Barbecue

Filipino Chicken Barbecue

My mom makes the best barbecue chicken. Grilled and marinated bone-in chicken basted in a sweet and sticky sauce that is incredibly delicious. I swear I can just keep eating it without a care in the world. My mom, a huge fan of my blog, talked me into sharing this recipe with all of you.continue reading
Thai Marinated Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers

Thai Marinated Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Skewers

I don’t know about you, but I kind of have a thing for grilled skewers. Meat on a stick, vegetables on a stick, fruits on a stick—whatever it may be, I’m there. What makes them wonderful is that they don’t usually require much time to cook, they’re (way) too easy to eat, and their flavorcontinue reading
Filipino Arroz a la Cubana

Filipino Arroz a la Cubana

People often ask me: “Do you prefer sweet or savory?” Would I rather have a chocolate chip cookie or potato chips? I say yes—to both! At once, that is. I will take sweet and savory all day, any day. The complexity of the combination of sweet and savory takes any food experience to another level.continue reading
Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

It’s Pancit Molo (pronounced: pun-sit moh-loh), a.k.a. Filipino Wonton Soup! We’ve been faced with cloudy skies and rain lately here in Maine. It has surprisingly been chilly as well. I guess it is Spring after all. This kind of weather puts me in the mood for a belly-warming, hearty soup, like this Pancit Molo. Mycontinue reading

Breads

Apple Cinnamon Focaccia

Apple Cinnamon Focaccia

What if I told you that focaccia doesn’t have to include just herbs and cheese? What if there’s a “dessert” focaccia? **Mind blown.** And why haven’t I thought of making this before? I came across “dessert” focaccia during an accidental visit to Eataly Boston a few weeks ago. By accidental, I mean, taking a casualcontinue reading
Easy Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza

Easy Flatbread Pizza

This Easy Flatbread Pizza is one of those recipes that I will forever make over and over again. See, I don’t always like to cook and spend hours in the kitchen. Sometimes, it’s too much work and I would just rather relax and do absolutely nothing. I started to make these flatbread pizzas when Tomcontinue reading

Breakfast & Brunch

Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts

Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts

Who needs flowers and chocolate when you can woo your darling with doughnuts? And not just any type of doughnut, Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts. All your favorite things combined into a round piece of fried dough. Mashed potato in a doughnut? I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but judge after you try it. I’ve seencontinue reading
Bacon, Cheddar, and Chive Waffles

Bacon, Cheddar, and Chive Waffles

Bacon, Cheddar, and Chive Waffles. My god. This is what I call breakfast indulgence. Who says waffles have to be sweet? Savory waffles are having a moment. These are totally indulgent, as in stuffed to the gills with bacon, cheddar cheese, and chive. I have to say that these babies have opened my eyes tocontinue reading

Hash & Crispy Fried Eggs Breakfast Skillet

Sometimes you wake up “hangry” and you just want to eat every carb in sight. That’s when you make this Hash & Crispy Fried Eggs Breakfast Skillet! Yes, you can totally use this dish as a way to apologize for those unkind words you spoke out of hunger. This dish is such a great way to use your leftoverscontinue reading

Desserts

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

As human beings, we live our lives in hopes to find “the one” someday—the one who we’re meant to be with. When you’ve found “the one”, you finally see the truth to the corny statement: “you complete me”, you discover how weirdly similar you two are, and that being with them just feels like home.continue reading
Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Brittle

Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Brittle

I mean, we’re talking, like, snappy, crispy, and chocolatey. You know, like those crispy edges of a brownie. You know exactly what I’m talking about. I’ve been purchasing these little bags of brownie brittle lately during my trips to the grocery store. They seem to mysteriously jump into my cart – I can’t help it.continue reading
Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or dulce de leche? Or brownies? Well then, you’re in for a treat! Say hello to Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies. Growing up, I was extremely lucky to have a mom who enjoyed cooking and baking from scratch. Since then, I’ve learned to also do the same, especially with brownies. Gosh,continue reading
Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts

Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts

Who needs flowers and chocolate when you can woo your darling with doughnuts? And not just any type of doughnut, Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts. All your favorite things combined into a round piece of fried dough. Mashed potato in a doughnut? I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but judge after you try it. I’ve seencontinue reading

Entertaining

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or dulce de leche? Or brownies? Well then, you’re in for a treat! Say hello to Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies. Growing up, I was extremely lucky to have a mom who enjoyed cooking and baking from scratch. Since then, I’ve learned to also do the same, especially with brownies. Gosh,continue reading

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Now that you’ve made your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, I’m here to ruin it with these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares. Push that green juice aside and say HELLO to the best no-bake dessert! These treats will legit comfort you through the coldest and darkest days of sweatpants season. My recipe containscontinue reading

Dynamite Spring Rolls

One of the things that I look forward to the most during the summer months is going to the farmers’ markets. I love to create new recipes with all my finds! Almost every vendor at my farmers’ market has these green finger-sized peppers, called shishito peppers. They’re sweet and smoky, and surprisingly, not spicy atcontinue reading

Fruit

Grilled Watermelon Salad “Pizza”

I’m so bummed that summer is coming to a close! I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to “stock up” (my stomach) on my favorite summer ingredients before pumpkin this and pumpkin that take over the entire country. One of my favorite summer ingredients is watermelon, so I decided to make this (easy peasy)continue reading

Lunch

Maine Brown Butter Lobster Roll

Maine Brown Butter Lobster Roll

It’s that time of year again here in Maine, where lobster is here, there, and everywhere. Lobster rolls especially. There are two ways Maine locals dress their lobster rolls: with a coating of mayonnaise or the latter, with a touch of melted butter. In fact, there’s a great debate across the state on how acontinue reading
Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Okay… I might have gotten a little carried away making this Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese. There’s just something about grilled cheese that’s so unforgettable. After all, who can resist melted cheese smacked between perfectly toasted, buttered bread? Sometimes, I think I’m over it—you know, done with all the childish things. Then Icontinue reading
Easy Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza

Easy Flatbread Pizza

This Easy Flatbread Pizza is one of those recipes that I will forever make over and over again. See, I don’t always like to cook and spend hours in the kitchen. Sometimes, it’s too much work and I would just rather relax and do absolutely nothing. I started to make these flatbread pizzas when Tomcontinue reading

Pasta

Kielbasa Pesto Pasta Salad

Kielbasa Pesto Pasta Salad

This Kielbasa Pesto Pasta Salad might be the best plus one to bring to all the BBQs this summer. It’s a total keeper. It’s Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start to the summer. We’ve had such a harsh winter here in Maine, so I’m very thankful that warmer weather is finally here. Being borncontinue reading

Pasta with Pistachio-Pecan Pesto

Pesto is everything! Just a spoonful of it can transform any meal and kick it up a notch. Meet Pasta with Pistachio-Pecan Pesto! What’s that you say? You’ve only had store bought pesto? You’ve never made homemade pesto? Whhaaatttt… If that’s the case, you have got to try making it at home! It’s fairly simple tocontinue reading

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Let’s face it: when mac meets cheese, it’s looovvee! Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is one of those classic comfort foods we shouldn’t eat, but love to eat regardless of how unhealthy it may be. I’ve tried many recipes/versions of Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, but this recipe from Fannie Farmer is one that I use often when cravingscontinue reading

Salads

Grilled Watermelon Salad “Pizza”

I’m so bummed that summer is coming to a close! I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to “stock up” (my stomach) on my favorite summer ingredients before pumpkin this and pumpkin that take over the entire country. One of my favorite summer ingredients is watermelon, so I decided to make this (easy peasy)continue reading

Thai Grilled Shrimp and Apple Salad

I’m sharing one of my favorite salads ever—Thai Grilled Shrimp and Apple Salad. Sounds kind of weird at first, BUT SERIOUSLY, don’t knock it until you try it. I never realized that shrimp and apples could go together so well. This recipe is totally appropriate for the steamy weather we’ve been experiencing lately here incontinue reading

Side Dishes

Grilled Watermelon Salad “Pizza”

I’m so bummed that summer is coming to a close! I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to “stock up” (my stomach) on my favorite summer ingredients before pumpkin this and pumpkin that take over the entire country. One of my favorite summer ingredients is watermelon, so I decided to make this (easy peasy)continue reading

Soups & Stews

Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

It’s Pancit Molo (pronounced: pun-sit moh-loh), a.k.a. Filipino Wonton Soup! We’ve been faced with cloudy skies and rain lately here in Maine. It has surprisingly been chilly as well. I guess it is Spring after all. This kind of weather puts me in the mood for a belly-warming, hearty soup, like this Pancit Molo. Mycontinue reading
Arroz Caldo (Filipino Chicken Rice Porridge)

Arroz Caldo (Filipino Chicken & Rice Soup)

Ok, people! It’s soup season! I’m sharing one of my favorite childhood comfort foods – Arroz Caldo. The Filipino version of chicken soup! Most of you are probably going, huh?! Arroz what? Arroz Caldo literally translates to rice broth or rice soup. It’s made up of chicken and rice that has been simmered in chickencontinue reading

Snacks

Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts

Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts

Who needs flowers and chocolate when you can woo your darling with doughnuts? And not just any type of doughnut, Maple-Bacon Potato Doughnuts. All your favorite things combined into a round piece of fried dough. Mashed potato in a doughnut? I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but judge after you try it. I’ve seencontinue reading

Beef

Filipino Arroz a la Cubana

Filipino Arroz a la Cubana

People often ask me: “Do you prefer sweet or savory?” Would I rather have a chocolate chip cookie or potato chips? I say yes—to both! At once, that is. I will take sweet and savory all day, any day. The complexity of the combination of sweet and savory takes any food experience to another level.continue reading
Spicy Beef and Potato Curry with Garlic Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Beef and Potato Curry with Garlic Cauliflower Rice

I’m so freaking excited to share this recipe with you. Brace yourselves: Spicy Beef and Potato Curry with Garlic Cauliflower Rice. Think about that for a minute or two. Yep… totally salivating. This must be what they serve in food heaven. This kind of food is my jam. This is the kind of recipe that you findcontinue reading
Short Rib Poutine

Short Rib Poutine

I don’t want another “my famous buffalo chicken dip” for this weekend’s Super Bowl party, I want this Short Rib Poutine. Uh huh… You’re welcome. The first time I had poutine was in Quebec – where the dish was born. At the time, I didn’t know much about Canadian cuisine and I was told thatcontinue reading

Pork

Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

It’s Pancit Molo (pronounced: pun-sit moh-loh), a.k.a. Filipino Wonton Soup! We’ve been faced with cloudy skies and rain lately here in Maine. It has surprisingly been chilly as well. I guess it is Spring after all. This kind of weather puts me in the mood for a belly-warming, hearty soup, like this Pancit Molo. Mycontinue reading
Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles

Whoa. Look at these noods! You guys, I’m kind of having a moment with noodles. I’ve found myself constantly pinning noodle recipes and salivating over them. I have a problem. One of the recipes I came across was The Woks of Life’s Dan Dan Noodles. It’s basically spicy noodle heaven in a bowl. The dish originatescontinue reading

Poultry

Filipino Chicken Barbecue

Filipino Chicken Barbecue

My mom makes the best barbecue chicken. Grilled and marinated bone-in chicken basted in a sweet and sticky sauce that is incredibly delicious. I swear I can just keep eating it without a care in the world. My mom, a huge fan of my blog, talked me into sharing this recipe with all of you.continue reading
Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Okay… I might have gotten a little carried away making this Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese. There’s just something about grilled cheese that’s so unforgettable. After all, who can resist melted cheese smacked between perfectly toasted, buttered bread? Sometimes, I think I’m over it—you know, done with all the childish things. Then Icontinue reading
Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil (Gai Pad Krapow)

Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil (Gai Pad Krapow)

I’m sharing one of my go-to Thai street food dishes: Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil or Gai Pad Krapow. With Spring finally here and the days getting warmer, I can’t help but to spend more time outside and spend less time in the kitchen. This dish is literally a no-brainer! I think you’re going tocontinue reading
Filipino Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk

Filipino Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk

Adobo is perhaps the most well-known Filipino dish out there. It’s even considered by many as the national dish of the Philippines. As a Filipino, I love seeing the many variations of adobo from around the world, but one of my top favorites is Filipino Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk. Every Filipino has their owncontinue reading

Seafood

Maine Brown Butter Lobster Roll

Maine Brown Butter Lobster Roll

It’s that time of year again here in Maine, where lobster is here, there, and everywhere. Lobster rolls especially. There are two ways Maine locals dress their lobster rolls: with a coating of mayonnaise or the latter, with a touch of melted butter. In fact, there’s a great debate across the state on how acontinue reading
Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

Filipino Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

It’s Pancit Molo (pronounced: pun-sit moh-loh), a.k.a. Filipino Wonton Soup! We’ve been faced with cloudy skies and rain lately here in Maine. It has surprisingly been chilly as well. I guess it is Spring after all. This kind of weather puts me in the mood for a belly-warming, hearty soup, like this Pancit Molo. Mycontinue reading

Thai Grilled Shrimp and Apple Salad

I’m sharing one of my favorite salads ever—Thai Grilled Shrimp and Apple Salad. Sounds kind of weird at first, BUT SERIOUSLY, don’t knock it until you try it. I never realized that shrimp and apples could go together so well. This recipe is totally appropriate for the steamy weather we’ve been experiencing lately here incontinue reading

Vegetarian

Crispy Orange Sesame Tofu and Broccoli

Crispy Orange Sesame Tofu and Broccoli

Tofu gets such a bad rap these days – most likely due to its appearance and texture. Tofu-haters: ready yourselves with this Crispy Orange Sesame Tofu and Broccoli. No soggy or mushy tofu here – only tofu with a C.R.I.S.P.Y. exterior that’s coated with an orange sesame sauce and broccoli.  Oh baby. Tofu is a prettycontinue reading
25-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry 2

25-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry

This 25-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry is so simple (and quick) yet so flavorful. How can you go wrong with ramen noodles and vegetables stir fried in a sweet-savory sauce? A top choice after a busy day! Adulting is hard enough – we don’t need to slave over the kitchen stove for hours after acontinue reading

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Let’s face it: when mac meets cheese, it’s looovvee! Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is one of those classic comfort foods we shouldn’t eat, but love to eat regardless of how unhealthy it may be. I’ve tried many recipes/versions of Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, but this recipe from Fannie Farmer is one that I use often when cravingscontinue reading