Wild-Mushroom Bread Pudding

I must admit my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal next to the turkey is the stuffing. A few years ago I made a whole Thanksgiving dinner in Manila complete with brined turkey and cornbread sausage stuffing. Needless to say it was a big success. When I read MarketManila’s post on the mushroom stuffing heContinue reading “Wild-Mushroom Bread Pudding”

Braised Beef Shanks with Caramelized Onions and Shallots

Last Chinese New Year’s celebration I cooked this dish. I learned it from my cousin La who cooked it when I was in Virginia. The original recipe from Epicurious was called Braised Lamb Shanks with Caramelized Onions and Shallots but since I didn’t know where to buy lamb shanks I used beef shanks instead. I’ve never cookedContinue reading “Braised Beef Shanks with Caramelized Onions and Shallots”

Rosemary Roasted Cashews

Last August I hosted a simple dinner for a few friends. I don’t even remember why I did it. I didn’t cook anything except for these rosemary roasted cashews. I’m lucky I have a good cook who did all the cooking for dinner. I got this recipe from Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa. TheContinue reading “Rosemary Roasted Cashews”

Cohen Lifestyle Meals – Beef & Chicken

Next to portion control the most important thing on the Cohen Lifestyle diet is eating protein with vegetables for all meals. The first picture is my version of taco salad. Chop lean beef and season with chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper. Stir fry and put on top of salad greens. I like using freshContinue reading “Cohen Lifestyle Meals – Beef & Chicken”

Cohen Lifestyle Seafood & Vegetarian Meals

My cousins and friends will surely gasp on the title alone. They know I seldom order seafood or veggies when we eat out. My favorite food to order pre-diet was pasta. I was your typical carb lover. The good thing about the Cohen Lifestyle diet was it forced me to eat seafood and veggies andContinue reading “Cohen Lifestyle Seafood & Vegetarian Meals”

Cohen Lifestyle Breakfast Meals

As many of my regular readers know by now, I’m a food blogger on a diet. Specifically the Cohen Lifestyle diet. I’m almost halfway through and I’ve lost a substantial amount of weight through healthy eating. The hardest part of this diet when I started was breakfast. Before this diet my favorite breakfast was aContinue reading “Cohen Lifestyle Breakfast Meals”

Brunch at Birch and Barley

I chose the restaurant where we ate for Sunday brunch. I was quite nervous since none of my companions have tried this restaurant and they work in DC! A small article in a DC magazine caught my eye. It mentioned Birch and Barley’s terrific  brunch menu. Based on that and few online reviews I convincedContinue reading “Brunch at Birch and Barley”