I Am... Crispy Noodle Cake Recipe

When I was young and living at home, my mom tried hard to have a home-cooked meal on the table everyday. Usually, there'd be a meat dish, a veggie dish, and rice. She even managed to make a big pot of Chinese soup almost every other day. Of course there were days when she'd take a break. Those days were my favourite because they meant Chinese take-out.

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I Am... Truffle Mac and Cheese Recipe

Truffles are a big thing in the food world. If you haven't had truffles before, it's hard to describe how they taste. They're luscious, earthy, and umami-packed. They taste best fresh, shaved onto a perfect plate of pasta. If you don't have a truffle handy, don't miss out on the truffle train, just make this grown-up version of truffle mac and cheese.

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I Am... Crab Salad Recipe

This past Valentine's day Mike and I went for dinner at Hawksworth. Everything was delicious, but one of the stand outs was a simple crab salad. The crab was fresh, sweet, and perfectly paired with some micro greens, a celery gelée, and house cooked salt and vinegar chips.

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I Am... Roasted Chicken with Dijon Recipe

I used to dislike mustard with a passion. I know what you're thinking: how could anyone who claims to like food dislike mustard? I think it must have been a leftover childhood thing. I don't recall any traumatizing mustard memories, but as a child I adamantly stayed away from mustard.

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I Am... Crispy Lemon Sole Recipe

In high school my cooking repertoire consisted of instant noodles, eggs, and Kraft Mac and Cheese. I wasn't particularly adventurous, but I did love the ritual of putting on a pot of water, opening all the little seasoning packets and cooking instant food. Even though I didn't know much about cooking, I did want to branch out from instant food, so I turned to my friends for inspiration.

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I Am... Crab Rangoon Recipe

Apparently crab rangoon is quite the popular appetizer at Chinese restaurants in America. I've never discovered crab rangoon on a menu here in Vancouver, but on a trip to Chicago last year, I saw it on every Chinese restaurant menu we saw.

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I Am... Bacon Sticky Bun Recipe

It's so cliché, but everything is better with bacon, especially sweets. I love the combination of smokey, salty bacon with baked goods. When I saw the sticky buns on the cover of the April Bon Appétit, I knew I had to make them — with bacon.

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I Am... Palmier Recipe

Palmiers are one of Mike's favourites at bakeries. They're like his litmus test: if they can do a palmier, they can do anything. Funny thing is, before Mike, I'd never eaten a palmier before. I even had to look up the correct pronunciation. It's palm-YAY!

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I Am... Prawn Cocktail Recipe

I'm obsessed with Marks and Spencer prawn cocktail flavoured snacks. Back in the day, Vancouver used to have an outpost of the popular British shop and whenever I passed by I would buy a bag. They were completely addictive: crisp, melt-in-your-mouth type chips flavoured like the classic British prawn cocktail.

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I Am... Shrimp Risotto Balls

The first time I ever made risotto it took forever. I stirred until I thought my arm would fall off. As much as I'd like to say that the result was well worth it, it wasn't. It was a risotto fail: gummy, over-done and just not that tasty. Mike and I ate a bit of it and stuck the rest in the fridge. The next day, to my surprise, the risotto was gone. Turns out Bruce, Mike's then roommate, had a thing for cold risotto.

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I Am... Fennel Sausage Pizza Recipe

I don't think I know anyone who doesn't like pizza. Even my dad, who's on a self-imposed strictly Asian food only diet, has been known to enjoy a slice or two of Hawaiian. He's even been inside the pizza kitchen of a Chuck E. Cheese's!

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I Am... Tacos al Pastor Recipe

I've eaten a lot of tacos in my life and one of my favourites, hands down, are tacos al pastor. The combination of crispy charred pork and sweet roasted pineapples in a warmed corn tortilla can't be beat. Unfortunately you can't really do traditional tacos al pastor at home, but that hasn't stopped me from trying.

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