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caramelized pork taco recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Caramelized Pork Taco Recipe

I’m obsessed with DIY dinners. You know the kind: your friend invites you over for a nice sit-down dinner. You’re expecting something plated, maybe a fancy pasta or a steak. Then they whip out the grill and all of a…

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How to Make Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki chicken used to be the only thing I ate at Japanese restaurants. My dad tried to get me to eat sashimi, but as a 7-year-old, raw fish kind of grossed me out. I got over that pretty quickly though and…

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Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Burrata Recipe

Squid ink is kind of a weird ingredient – jet-black, inky and distinctively rich and briny. It pairs well with, you guessed it, seafood. Last year, while travelling through Europe, I saw it everywhere: in pasta, in rice and even…

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Taiwanese Meat Sauce and Rice Recipe

Do you guys ever miss high school? Let me clarify – I don’t mean the school part of it, or the cliques or classes, I just mean the after school snacks. Man, after school snacks were the bomb. Snacks were,…

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Pulled Pork Fried Rice Recipe

When I have a bunch of leftover meat I tend to make fried rice. I’ve made it with leftover fried chicken, porchetta and yes, even pulled pork. Pulled pork fried rice is definitely a bestovers kind of thing. You can clean…

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Crispy Honey Garlic Soy Baked Chicken Wing Recipe

The other day I woke up from a recurring nightmare that I have that’s somewhat based on reality. In my dream, it’s minutes before a big party with all of my friends and family. Chicken wings are on the menu – there’s…

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Crispy Sriracha Honey Lime Tofu Recipe

Tofu: do you love it or hate it? I’m definitely a lover. Sometimes, when I’m prepping up a block, I’ll sneak a bite or two, of cold, unadorned tofu. I’m probably one of the few people in the world who…

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Best Burger Recipe

I’m on a burger kick. Possibly due the fact that I ordered 48 Martin’s Potato Rolls. You know how in fashion there’s a have-to-get-it item every season? All the celebrities have it, there’s a massive wait list and there are multiple knock offs…

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Filet o’ Fish and Fries Burger Recipe

Back when I was a kid, I was the pickiest eater in all the land, I used to hate pickles. They were sour, they were green, they were crunchy and they just were no good very bad things, in my books. All that…

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vietnamese steak and vermicelli bowl recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Vietnamese Steak and Vermicelli Bowl Recipe

In the summertime (okay, actually, really, all the time) I am all about the steaks. I think my steak-deprived childhood has turned me into a steak fiend. But really, it’s hard not to love steak, especially when there are so…

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pea and avocado pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Pea and Avocado Pizza Recipe

Have you ever set off your fire alarm while cooking? More often than not, when I’m making pizza, I’ll be rewarded with the high pitched beep of the fire alarm. It’s not that the pizza burns or anything is actually smoking, but…

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Grilled Romaine Salad Recipe

I am a huge fan of cooked lettuce. It sounds a little funny, but hear me out. I grew up eating Chinese food and salad just does not exist in traditional Chinese cuisine – lettuce is always cooked. There are no raw…

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Green Bean Avocado Fried Rice Recipe

Have you ever had Chinese long beans? They’re kind of like green beans, but super-long. They’re a bit denser than green beans, not as crisp and a bit nuttier. I absolutely LOVE them, especially when fried up with eggs.

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sriracha honey lime chicken recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken Recipe

The weather’s warming up and long weekends are on the horizon. You know what that means…grill season! I know I say I love a lot of things, but I really, really love summer barbecues. I guess I’m being slightly deceptive…

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Vietnamese Quinoa Salad Recipe

I’ll take any excuse to go out and have a picnic. There’s something about eating out in the open air that reminds me of carefree summer days. I’m not too picky when it comes to packing food for a picnic….

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caramelized shrimp pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Caramelized Shrimp Pizza Recipe

I think pizza is one of those perfect foods. (Along with noodles, potatoes and bread. I’m a carb fiend, what can I say…) I’m pretty sure I could eat pizza every day, especially since it lends itself so nicely to variation/experimentation. I topped…

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Lamb and Peas Lasagna Recipe

I have an obsessive personality, I admit. I’ll binge watch TV shows, speed-read dystopian teen novel series and spend hours googling the heck out of things like different dumpling doughs. And although I find these things immensely interesting and immersive,…

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Shiitake Quinoa Salad Recipe

I LOVE mushrooms. Mushrooms are pure earthy, umami deliciousness. I just don’t get people who don’t love mushrooms. If you’re a mushroom hater it’s probably because you haven’t found your spirit mushroom cooking method. See, even though all mushrooms essentially have the…

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Porchetta Recipe Redux and Book Pre-order Link!

Guys, it’s been an roller coaster week of firsts for me: first time holding my new baby nephew, first iphone dropped in a sink full of soapy water and…my first cookbook, Easy Gourmet, available for preorder!! I’ve been keeping my book…

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shrimp asparagus pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Shrimp Asparagus Pizza Recipe

How necessary is it for you to be food compatible with your other? Would you break up (okay, too extreme, let’s say fight) with someone over pizza toppings? Would you truly be compatible with someone if they were an avid…

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Porchetta Pizza Recipe

I made a batch of no-knead pizza dough the other day and proceeded to go on a pizza making binge. No-knead pizza dough is seriously the BEST. THING. EVER. Seriously, all you do is mix up flour, water, yeast and…

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kalbi baby back ribs recipe

Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

I used to be considered somewhat of a “baby back ribs expert” in my family. Back in high school I had an obsession with barbecue baby back ribs. I didn’t have a DIY smoker or anything like that. Nope, I…

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lemongrass pork meatball quinoa bowl recipe

Lemongrass Pork Meatball Quinoa Bowl Recipe

You know that awkward stage when you’ve just started dating someone and you go over to their parents’ place for dinner? Everyone’s smiling and making small talk about the weather and you’re basically worried about sounding coherent and likeable at…

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Honey Mustard Chicken Thigh Recipe

Have you guys ever played that game where all the animals in the world disappear and you can only eat one kind of meat for the rest of your life? (I know this isn’t relevant to all those non-meat eaters…

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turkey tenders

Baked Turkey Tenders Recipe

Yesterday I looked in the fridge at a package of chicken breasts to only discover that they were turkey. Not that I have anything against turkey — I guess poultry is poultry is poultry? Anyway, my plan for the chicken…

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potato topped irish beef stew recipe

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

It’s Pi Day tomorrow and St. Patrick’s day on Monday so I thought I’d do a little mashup homage for a little festivity. Generally I’m not one of those people who celebrates every occasion under the sun (mostly because I…

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miso coconut chicken

Miso Coconut Chicken

Everyone has their favourite pantry staples and one of mine is coconut milk. I’m not sure why, but a can of coconut milk makes me feel safe. So much so that I have back-up cans, just in case. You may…

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okonomiyaki burger

Okonomiyaki Burger Recipe

I tend to get into food ruts. I’ll eat the same thing, over and over and over again. And the thing is, it doesn’t bore me. In fact, the freedom to consume my favourite foods for days in a row is…

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miso pasta salad recipe

Miso Pasta Salad Recipe

Miso is one of those super versatile ingredients that I find myself using more and more. Miso is like Pink. Not pink the colour, but Pink the artist. It seems like she’s never in the spotlight, drama-wise, at least, but…

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squid carbonara recipe

Calamari Carbonara Recipe

Clearly, I love eggs. In fact, eggs are one of the most tagged items on this blog. I love eggs almost as much as I love potatoes and noodles. And, depending on my mood, maybe even a little more so…

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jalapeño honey garlic chicken recipe

Jalapeño Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

I love garlic, but whenever I peel and chop it my fingers end up smelling like garlic for the rest of the day. I haven’t resorted to buying peeled garlic (yet!) and I recently just discovered a new garlic peeling…

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broccoli sausage pasta bake recipe

Pasta, Sausage & Broccoli Bake

I don’t know about you but I love a good snow storm and all the recent crazy photos of snow are making me nostalgic for my snow-filled childhood. Don’t get me wrong, Tokyo is wonderful in the winter, but the…

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Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

2014 is fast approaching and with the coming of the new year, there are always resolutions to eat better and be healthier. I’m all for healthy eating and living, but there’s still time to indulge my friends! And nothing is…

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chicken fried steak recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Let me start off by saying that before this post I have never eaten chicken fried steak. It’s not a big dish in Vancouver and I actually don’t see it on menus all to often, even while travelling. Apparently I…

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mac and cheese pie recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Mac and Cheese Pie Recipe

I’m fresh off the plane from my trip to Australia, and the one thing that stuck out for me about the land down under, aside from the abundance of cute marsupials, is the fact that they LOVE pies. There were…

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turkey shepherd's pie recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie was my all time ultimate favourite thing to eat growing up. More than mac and cheese, more than grilled cheese and even more than french fries, I would choose shepherd’s pie as my meal of choice. There was…

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Pumpkin Red Curry Udon

Do you have a favourite noodle? I profess to love all noodles (and I do!) but if there was ever a Asian noodle smack down, I’d be in udon’s corner. Udon is often overlooked in the noodle world. People sing…

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Chicken Congee with Crispy Chicken Skin Recipe

I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather lately, which usually ends up in me craving the Chinese food of my childhood. I’ve never been one of those people who don’t like to eat when they’re sick. In fact, I’m…

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mapo tofu waffle recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Mapo Tofu Waffle Recipe

I love tofu, probably because I grew up eating it. It’s fairly standard in Chinese cuisine and when I was a kid, we ate it at least twice a week for dinner. I know a lot of people who don’t…

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turkey parmesan meatball recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Turkey Parmesan Meatball Recipe

Meatballs have always held a certain allure for me. It’s probably all due to that childhood song, “On Top of Spaghetti.” I remember singing rousing versions of that song in Kindergarten but having no idea what the song was about….

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