Cedar Plank Salmon with Peach Pico De Gallo

Last year, I got introduced to cedar plank for the first time in my life. We were in Jacksonville, FL where my brother-in-law, Felix taught me how to grill like a boss.

Needless to say, the best way to grill fish is to put it on a cedar plank, which allows the fish to stay incredibly tender and moist while grilling. And it picks up the woodsy flavors from the cedar along with the smoky flavors from the grill.

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Meal Plan Week #6 – Leftover Hacks with A Beef Roast

Previously on our weekly meal plan, we did a leftover hacks experiment with a whole chicken. It went well, didn’t it? That experiment inspired me to make a detailed breakdown on how to get the most out of a whole chicken, from inside out. I feel so fulfilled just thinking about how much money and time we save by following the three steps. (Classic stay-at-home mom/wife syndrome…)

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Chipotle Pecan Pesto

“You should work here. I am serious.”

My dear husband says that to me every time we are in Bouldin Creek Cafe, a hippie vegetarian restaurant located in south Austin. The reason? Han thinks if I work at the restaurant, I can learn to cook everything on their menu at home. Perhaps we can introduce the amazingly unique vegetarian food to New York City or San Francisco by opening a similar restaurant there.

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One-Pan Oven Roast with Vegetables

I think I’ve been put on a mission.

Two days after Han requested high-protein and low-carb meals because of his personal fitness goals, I received a text message from a good friend of mine in San Francisco.

“Hey, Sharon! Would you be interested in putting together a meal plan that Amanda and I can prep? We want to build lean muscle, cut fat and keep energized. I will give you my workout routine.”

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Braised Leeks

Are leeks one of the vegetables you skip over in the supermarket? I don’t blame you. They’re a little different, and you’re probably wondering what to do with them aside from slicing and tossing them in a soup.

This vegetarian leek recipe is a great way to play up and enjoy the flavor of this intriguing vegetable. It’s incredibly easy to make, and you’ll quickly have it on the table as a side dish on one of those hectic weeknights. Plus, you can easily change the recipe slightly to make it vegan – I give you alternate ingredients for doing just that if it fits your preference.

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Spicy Garlic Pepper Baked Shrimp

When I started this blog, I shared many of my mom’s recipes. Since she is still in Shanghai, the only way to enjoy these recipes that I grew up with is to make them in my American kitchen. One of my favorite recipes that my mom cooks is this shrimp with pepper topping. Now that I’ve learned how to properly use an oven by living in the States for three years, I decided to tweak my mom’s recipe and God, it deserves a better name.

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Best of July

The summer is already half way gone. Can you believe it? We have had some crazy stuff going on in the first half of the summer. For instance, after 10 months of searching and bidding on houses in Austin, we finally got a multifamily home with four units under contract this month. This is going to be our first home in the States. We are super excited and totally overwhelmed by all the paperwork at the same time. Fingers crossed for a smooth closing! If everything goes well, I’ll be doing all the cooking and shooting from my new kitchen. It’s unbelievable.

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How To Make Food Flowers

You read the title. You might think, “Who on earth have the luxury of the time to even think about how to make food flowers these days?”

I know, I know, most of the time, putting dinners on the table after work is already a struggle. Stuff like food flowers just seems to be utterly unnecessary. I don’t disagree. Honestly, I don’t decorate my food this way often, just occasionally, when I am in a good mood or I want to impress someone.

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