No-Bake Cereal Munch – Cooking with Toddlers

On my quest to find more toddler-friendly recipes, I came across one for No-Bake Cheerio Bars and had to give them a try! My toddler mixed all the dry ingredients while I made the caramel in the microwave and, voila! We had a nice brownie pan full of the mix. But… as I tried to … Continue reading

English Muffin Pizzas – Cooking with Toddlers

I’ve always loved cooking and have many fond memories of cooking with my mom as a kid. It was only a matter of time before I would invite my kids into the kitchen and I decided it’s time for my 21-month old to start experimenting with food. Though it probably seems too early to some, … Continue reading

Easy Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach has always been one of my dad’s favorite things to eat alongside a good steak. Growing up, I didn’t take to it, but now I LOVE it. I decided to make some to serve with meatloaf and found this an easy and delicious recipe! I started with Ree Drummond’s recipe for creamed spinach. … Continue reading

Easy Baby Back Ribs

Easy Baby Back Ribs

Hong Kong has some really spectacular BBQ restaurants. My favorite, Blue Smoke BBQ, has spectacular ribs, burgers and apple pie! You’ve got to love down home American cooking. My husband and I love eating baby back ribs and decided to finally try to cook them ourselves. I was worried it might be a difficult task, … Continue reading

Twist on a Can of Chili


You don’t see much chili here in Hong Kong, but it’s a dish that I adore. Now that the weather is cooling down, I’ve unpacked my scarves and sweaters and prepared my palette for hot, delicious comfort food. Last weekend, my husband and I finally checked out Gateway, paradise for the American expat looking for … Continue reading

Creamed Corn Casserole

Creamed Corn Casserole

Of course Thanksgiving won’t be the same this year with my husband and I living in Hong Kong, thousands of miles away from our family and old friends. Nonetheless, we are going to an expat Thanksgiving potluck, which will have a jerk turkey! There are so many dishes that come to mind when I think … Continue reading

Green Beans Almondine

Breaded Salmon, Green Beans Almondine and Coconut Rice

One of my favorite fast and simple side dishes is green beans almondine. My college roommate, Amanda Fenton, showed me how to make this and it’s been an awesome ‘brag dish’* for me ever since! For this meal, I bought some French style green beans, but you can use any type. Ingredients 1 C sliced … Continue reading

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

I recently had the privilege of spending a week in the Philippines for work and vacation. My husband and I spent a long weekend diving in Puerto Galera, and I stayed in Manila for three days of meetings. During my trip, I found a lot of good company, good diving and good food! It seems … Continue reading

Corned Beef Hash & Eggs: My Favorite Weekend Breakfast

Corned Beef Hash & Eggs

I love savory, hot breakfasts. I have to say, my favorite weekend breakfast is a guilty pleasure: corned beef hash and eggs. From time to time, I’ll make the corned beef hash from scratch (I highly recommend the Food Network’s recipe for corned beef hash), but I tend to prefer having it straight from a … Continue reading

Broccoli Chicken

Broccoli Chicken

Broccoli beef is perhaps one of the most popular Chinese fast food dishes (perhaps with the exception of orange chicken). Neither my husband nor I are big red meat eaters (we tend to reserve our red meat quota for steak), so we make broccoli chicken instead. The dish is SUPER easy to make and, yet, … Continue reading