Yummy recipes I found, tried and then, approved. Some of them are not healthy, but too good to give up. Hey, a life is short. You'd better enjoy it!
- Watermelon Radish Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette from Williams-Sonoma Cooking from the Farmers’ Market
Looks colorful, and taste good. Very refreshing flavor. Crisp radish and soft and creamy avocado makes interesting texture.
I usually substitute watermelon radish with regular radish. It works fine.
- Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts by Food Network Kitchens
Quick and easy and no mess.
We love this salad a lot. It often shows up on our table through a year. Even Chad who doesn't like vegetables loves to take the left over for lunch.
- Ceci alla Siciliana by Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking
Quick and easy. It tastes good even a day after.
I often take this to a party from a cookout to Christmas through a year. The recipe is often asked. It makes you feel like stocking up some cans of chickpeas.
- Engagement Roast Chicken by Ina Garten
I have a list of my favorites for Ina's recipes. Her recipes are simple, efficient and make people happy.
This recipe is so simple. Chicken, garlic and lemon's flavors are complement each other just right. Nothing is overpowered. It's great for entertaining, too. It's quick and easy to prep, so you have more time to spend on other dishes. I suggest keeping the sauce and chicken separate when you have leftover.
When I made this for the first time, Chad said "I've got to remember this. It's good for dinner when we have people over..."
- Braised Chicken with Mediterranean Wine Sauce by Williams-Sonoma Kitchen
The combination of orange, olive and garlics make this dish very savory. It's perfect for a dinner party. It looks good and taste good.
It tastes good even a couple days after. I make this before a busy week starts. So, we can still enjoy nice dinner during the week.
- Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk (Kuku Wa Nazi) by Saveur
I add lemongrass, Thai lime leaves, fish sauce and Gold Mountain sauce at the point coconut milk is added. They make a huge difference. If you know any Asian grocery stores around, you'd better go get them. It definitely turns to more authentic Thai dish.
- Dijon-Baked Chicken by Sandi Richard
It's very creamy and savory between dijon mustard and honey. I usually marinate chicken overnight, then individually bag and freeze them. They help me to prep dinner quickly. In this case, I use a skillet instead of an oven. It sill turns out good.
- Roast Pork with Pears by Williams-Sonoma Kitchen
The best pork recipe! Super savory, garlic, sage, and sweet flavor of pear. The flavor type is like Hawaiian sauté-a combination of sweet and salty-, but much more sophisticated. It takes time, but it's well worth it. Great for entertaining.
- Grilled Pork Chops Recipe with Lemon, Garlic, and Sage by Kalyn's Kitchen
Savory marinade sauce. It stimulate appetite.
The thickness of the meat is critical. If pork chops are thinner than 1/2", they would get dry. I tried 3/4". It was nice and juicy, also marinated well.
I made this when our friends came over. They took the recipe, tried, and love it.
Sweets ~ Pastries, Breakfast and etc.
- Ricotta Orange Pound Cake by Giada De Laurentiis
Request number one recipe. Everybody's favorite known as THE orange cake around me. The recipe has strawberry topping, but I skip it. The moist cake has refreshing orange flavor. Perfect for tea time.
I'm not a big fan of Amaretto. Cointreau is used in my version.
- Caramel Corn by BS4U2C
WARNING: This recipe doesn't help your diet at all.
It's popular in kids in all ages from one to ninety two..., not that much, but it's popular munch. It's handy give away for a party and holidays.
It's so addictive! It takes little extra steps to let caramel cover all popcorn, but this process is the key. After I tried a couple of different recipes, this one is the most crunchy and caramely.
- Baklava by NEONWILLIE
Amazingly easy to make, hardly screw up, and delicious. Even better, you look like a skilled chef!
- Ricotta Beignets by Tasting Table Test Kitchen
OMG, this is a trouble-maker. You cannot stop eating it.
It's a fun recipe to try. When the dough is dropped into oil, they flip by themselves. They look so~ cute! They tend to turn darker than you think.
Very moist and just right sweetness.
- Maple Pecan Squares by Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Baking
I love this nutty cookie. Maple syrup and butter creates caramel, then pecan jumps into it. How it could go wrong with a combination of caramel and nuts?