Almond Flour Banana Nut Muffins

Yet another exploration time in the kitchen with almond flour. Yes it’s expensive in comparison to your all-purpose flour, but it’s a lot healthier for you too. Almond flour, or almond meal, is made by first blanching almonds and then grinding them down into a powder. It can be used to cook or bake with,…

Chocolate Weight Loss Muffins

Do you know the muffin man? He lives on Drury Lane, or at least he does in the Mother Goose rhymes. Muffins as Americans know them are very different from those of British, or English, muffins. British muffins date back to the 10th century and are made with yeast and have a flat shape; American…

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

It’s April 2020, and the husband and I (plus our fetus) are practicing self-isolation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, we always keep a stocked fridge and cabinets, therefore we have not had to worry about a food shortage during this panic, hoarding time. This also means my fetus and I are home more often, due…

Adventures in Deep Frying Chicken

I have this Taiwanese Fried Chicken recipe saved on my YouTube playlist, and I’ve never tried it before. Finally, I decided today would be the day. Having thawed out chicken thighs, I prepared the marinade and batter. In the end, my kitchen smelled delicious, but the fried chicken pieces looked more like jerky than fried…

Pork and Beef Sliders

Sorry for my long absence. Being in education keeps me very busy during the school year. School has finally ended, but I am still finishing up in my library. However, I still have time to make home-cooked meals. With the summer heat finally here, one of my favorite foods to make–for my husband–is sliders. Sure…

Cheater’s Cornbread

When one thinks of American food, we often think of hamburgers and hotdogs, and even greasy, hearty pizza. All three are definite foods that my husband can live off of, but not me. My taste buds need everything I grew up eating, such as Mom’s cooking, and–I admit–even school cafeteria food. One food I recall…

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and sour dishes can be found throughout Asia, with the protein being anything from seafood to poultry, beef, and pork. I find that chicken is more tender, so today’s recipe consists of poultry. Sweet and sour chicken dates back to 18th century China, with many provinces claiming its first creation. My recipe is a…

Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Marble Cupcakes

When it comes to baking, I always have milk, eggs, and chocolate chips available in the kitchen. A rarity is cream cheese. However, during my last grocery run I decided to grab a pack of cream cheese, should I crave tiramisu. Sadly, I have not been in the mood for tiramisu; Instead, I’ve been wanting…

Devilled Cornish Hen

Do you have a non-mustard lover in your life? I do. My husband has never been fond of that sour, tangy, slightly spicy yellow mush one squeezes out of a yellow bottle. I admit my fondness of mustard only goes as far as adding a bit of it to homemade tuna salad. However, I discovered…

New Year’s Rice Cakes

The best way to ring in the New Year, in my opinion, is with some rice cakes. For my people–the Hmong–rice cakes, or ncuav, signify a good harvest. It means everyone has labored well for the year, so we take a break from our hard work and celebrate the coming of the new year–with family,…