Category — Main Course Recipes

{make this} Smitten Kitchen’s Shakshuka

Have you heard about Shakshuka yet? It’s a funny word but a delicious thing to eat – a spicy North African tomato sauce with soft-cooked eggs on top. It’s equally good for breakfast or dinner. It’s pretty easy to make but makes quite an impression.


I’ve tried quite a few recipes from here and there, and the best hands down is from Smitten Kitchen. Just the right amount of smoke and spice. I highly and heartily recommend giving it a try!

You can get the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

April 12, 2015   3 Comments

{recipe} Spiced Green Lentil Coconut Soup

Here in Northern California it’s been raining like crazy and the skies darken so early each afternoon. This kind of weather almost demands you make something nourishing and warm, with just a little bit of spice. This green lentil coconut soup fills the bill perfectly.

lentil coconut soup

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December 8, 2014   1 Comment

{recipe} Power Pasta

I am a pasta lover and a carb-a-holic. And more than anything, I favor a heavy, creamy sauce on my noodles. But if I’m honest, eating a big plate of pasta makes me feel, well, tired. And I really can’t figure out how to fit a nap in every day after lunch. What’s more, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest thing to eat a giant plate of what is essentially refined flour covered in heavy cream and butter. So what can I do? How can I eat pasta and feel good, both physically and mentally? The answer is my latest culinary invention. I call it Power Pasta.

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October 8, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Creamy Coconut Cumin Chicken

Whenever I need to throw dinner together using things I have around, it often comes out as something like this: a comforting, creamy, spiced-up, coconut milk-based sauce with something in it. Often, it’s chicken–and usually some chickpeas or lentils. I also tend to add finely chopped nuts for flavor, texture, and health.

cumin chicken


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August 25, 2014   1 Comment

{recipe} Golden Potato Gnocchi with Herbed Brown Butter and Parmesan

I have been experimenting with making homemade gnocchi, because it is one of my absolute favorite dishes. But it can be hard to find a truly excellent plate of gnocchi, as they can often be gloppy, gluey, sticky, flavorless, and/or pretty boring. I think I have cracked the code here! These are pretty much perfect.


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August 19, 2014   6 Comments

{recipe} Cha Ca: Hanoi-Style Catfish with Turmeric and Dill

My last post was all about eating and drinking in the North Vietnamese city of Hanoi. One of the dishes I mentioned was the famous Cha Ca – a catfish dish served in sizzling oil and flavored with turmeric and dill, an odd-sounding combination. It comes with lots of cooked scallions and fresh dill, and is accompanied by roasted peanuts, rice noodles, and fresh leaves of basil, lettuce, cilantro, and mint.

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June 14, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy Stew

I love a rich, warm, beefy stew that’s been cooked all day. Wouldn’t it be great to spend the day recreating Julia Child’s famous Boeuf Bourgignon recipe? Sadly, I have neither the time nor the interest in taking that on at the moment. So here, I’ve done some experimentation to make a beef burgundy stew in the crockpot.

Somehow it feels unfair to be able to make such a fantastic dinner with so little effort.

beef burgundy

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March 12, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Hearty Beef Shank Stew with Parmesan Dumplings

I pinned a recipe for beef stew with parmesan dumplings on Pinterest about a year ago, and every time I see the photo, it has a Pavlovian effect on me – I start to salivate. I am not sure why it took me so long to actually try it, but I finally did and was not disappointed.

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February 3, 2014   1 Comment

{recipe} 10 Minute Dinner: Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter, Parsley, & Toasted Almonds

Dinner in 10 minutes from start to finish? Yes, it can happen. This is a super simple and fast way to make pumpkin ravioli taste great – and it literally takes 10 minutes from start to finish.

pumpkin ravioli

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January 22, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken

I am in Shanghai right now, and while I usually don’t write while on vacation, the jet lag has me up at odd hours with not much else to do. I was also eager to share this recipe because it was just too tasty not to write up as soon as possible. I have been trying to experiment with crockpot recipes to build up a repertoire of go-to slow cooker dishes, and this one is definitely going in the permanent rotation!


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December 27, 2013   7 Comments