Caramelized Soy and Garlic Shrimp

By Tsz on February 23, 2010

Caramelized Soy and Garlic Shrimp

I intensely dislike getting my hands dirty. Food that are meant to be eaten with hands, such as fried chicken, burgers, pizzas, etc., I eat with a knife and fork. In fact, while I suffered through 2 years of braces (a modern day torture device), I secretly relished the excuse it gave me to eat ...

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The Elusive Burrata Spotted at Trader Joe’s

By Tsz on January 3, 2010

Trader Joe’s Burrata

My parents, like most of the previous generation, are very frugal. They save plastic bags from grocery trips to be later reuse as trash bags. When they visit fast food eateries, which are occurrences rarer than meteor showers, they would come back with a month’s supply of napkins. My mom even repurposes used Fedex boxes into ...

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Bagna Cauda Mashed Potatoes

By Tsz on November 26, 2009

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As my family’s self-designated mashed potato enthusiast, I’ve been tinkering with countless recipes over the years. Garlic, crumbled bacon, herbs, cream cheese—I’ve tried them all. Lately, I’ve been fascinated with Bagna Cauda (translated as “hot bath”). An Italian (Piedmontese to be specific) staple, it’s a warm dip made with garlic, anchovies and olive oil and is ...

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My Mom is an Ant

By Tsz on October 22, 2009

Tilapia with chickpea puree

If I had to categorize my mom as either an ant or a grasshopper in terms of grocery shopping, she’s definitely an ant. Whenever there’s a sale at Ralphs or Hows, she would load up on protein for the week (more like a month). There’s a neat system she runs each time too: she portions ...

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The Hulk (of the Cooking Variety)

By Tsz on September 8, 2009

Leftovers from Trader Joe’s

“You’re making me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” Whenever I’m having a particularly stressful day, the hulk inside of me wakes up. No, not the green, smash-happy one a la Bruce Banner, but rather of the mellower, cook-happy variety. Perhaps it’s my natural defense. Whatever it is, I would go into my kitchen ...

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