Portobello Mushroom Fries

Portobello Mushroom Fries

I first had portobello fries when I was in a restaurant, Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles. They were very good that I kept thinking about them. Thanks to food blogger Amy from uTry.it. She made an oven version portobello fries, which is even better. Easy and healthy. These fries were tasty and I know that I can make them any time I want now.

These fries are perfect substitute for regular fries. They are healthy, earthy, umami and filling. The flakey panko crust was crispy and light. These fries go so well with the creamy, garlicky and slightly sweet mayonnaise. Everything is just right. And they are super easy to make. Clean, cut, and roll. Put in the oven. Done! These fries are great as a side dish with burgers or steaks. Try this and you won’t be disappointed!

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Sweet Potato Polenta

Sweet Potato Polenta

I can’t believe Christmas is next week already. Since Thanksgiving was late this year, there definitely isn’t enough time to buy gifts and bake cookies. We just finished most of the shopping on Sunday. Later this week, I will be baking some more cookies. For Christmas dinner, I still haven’t figured out the menu. Oh man… I better start thinking now.

Back to the polenta, with sweet potatoes in season, I stumbled upon this recipe from Southern Boy Dishes. The polenta was simply amazing. It was thick, creamy and slightly sweet. With the sage and thyme, it was earthy and brought out some complex flavors. If you love polenta, you will absolutely fall in love with this. If you haven’t had polenta before, you are missing out. It is a great side dish and it goes so well with steak and seafood. Give this a try. ūüôā

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Roasted Root Vegetables and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Root Vegetables and Brussels Sprouts

Fall is here! I can feel the cool air. Woo hoo! That is really exciting! I love Fall! Until a few days ago, I didn’t think about why I love Fall. After some throughout thinking, I have finally figured it out. When the weather starts to get cold and the wind is blowing outside, it is nice to stay at home. Turn on the heater, drink a cup of hot chocolate, and cuddle up with the loved ones. It is cozy, warm and sweet! That home sweet home feeling is what I love.

To welcome the arrival of Fall, I have this roasted vegetables recipe for you. It is made with some seasonal vegetables, like brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. It is very easy, but flavorful with all the dried herbs. I also love the color of the dish. There are green, brown, orange, and white. Just amazing to look at. This is definitely a side dish I would make a lot at this Fall. Hope you will like it too!

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Oven-Steamed Mushrooms in Black Pepper Oyster Sauce

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I have to thank my sister for this recipe. Couple months ago, Bryan and I hosted a small Hong Kong style BBQ party in the yard. My sister suggested to make this mushroom packets for the party. We did it over the grill and they were fantastic! The mushrooms were juicy, earthy, Unami with a kick of black pepper. Everyone loved them and wished there were more.

I can’t start on the grill every other week just for the mushrooms, so I decide to do the packets in the oven. It turned out perfectly and just as tasty. This is a really great side dish! Those mushroom juice is so good with steamed rice. Nom nom nom…

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Macaroni and Cheese with Garlic Panko

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This is no ordinary macaroni and cheese. It is a stove top dish. No oven is needed. There are bacon, caramelized onions, and garlic panko topping. I love the little sweetness and smokiness from the onions, and I can taste the bacon in every bite. The panko give some perfect crunch. The flavors are amazing! I have made this recipe many times, and after many tries, I am finally happy with my cheese choices. This is definitely my go-to mac and cheese recipe. I hope you will like it too!

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary

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My neighbor has a huge bush of rosemary near his door. It started from a few sprigs to a 3 x 3-feet bush now. My neighbor is nice enough to let me pick use his rosemary. Woo hoo! Free herbs! Ever since then, I am always looking for dishes with rosemary. Roasted potatoes with rosemary is just a classic. And it sounds so much better with the cute and colorful fingerling potatoes. These potatoes go well with the pan seared rib-eye steak that I made last week, or chicken dishes.

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Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

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After trying out this dish, you will fall in love with broccoli (even if you are a kid). The roasted broccoli is sweet and tender. Some freshness from the lemon juice and amazing fragrant¬†from the zest. And who doesn’t like cheese? This is very simple and healthy. Just toss in the oven and wait for it. Perfect to go with any steak and pasta dishes.

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Southwestern Potato Salad

Bryan loves potato salad, and he always asks me to make some for dinner. I am fine with potato salad, but sometimes, I feel that they are a bit boring. This southwestern potato salad is definitely not simple. It had the smokiness from the chipotle sauce, and it was a bit spicy. It is very different and delicious, which fulfilled both Bryan and me. Forget your regular potato salad, and give this recipe a try!

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Zucchini Parmesan Bites

Happy New Year! To start of the new year, I share with you this healthy and delicious veggie recipe. The zucchini was soft and juicy in the inside and crispy on the outside. Delicious! This is a really great side dish or snack. I am sure everyone will love it, even kids who do not like vegetables will like it.

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Mini Popover

I think I like popovers because of Gordon Ramsay. After watching his Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, I wanted to try yorkshire pudding so much. Later, I found out that American has a similar thing called “Popover”. Popovers are very easy to make. The secret is to have all your ingredients at room temperature. I have failed a few times, but now, I have learned to make some delicious rolls. Popovers are crunch on the outside, but hollow in the middle. They are perfect to serve with slow cook beef, like with beef short ribs with red wine. Yum…. Hmm… I am so hungry right now. I wish I have some popovers!

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