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It’s super tiring hosting back to back, from clean up to cooking, glad my boys all pitched in to help, especially Mr. Piggy. For my family, I offered to make everything (yes, I really enjoyed cooking that much).

Here’s the menu:

  • grilled vegetables (eggplants, red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, corn, portobello mushrooms, green beans and broccolini)
  • mixed green salad (with oranges and pomegranate kernels, sprinkled with pistachios and crumbled feta cheese, homemade orange honey salad dressing)
  • beef flanks with salad (made that for Mr. Piggy’s Thanksgiving meal)
  • BBQ pork sliders
  • garlic butter with brussel sprouts (wreath)
  • Chicken
  • my sister made clam linguine


IMG_7393DSC_7804DSC_7803Wasn’t sure if I had the time to bake a cake, but I managed to squeeze some time in! This is a chocolate cake and I had so much decorating it with my nieces. Everyone enjoyed it and good thing we didn’t have too much leftovers!IMG_7392.jpg

Let the unwrapping begin!



Today Mr. Piggy’s family is coming over to celebrate Christmas. Everyone brought side dishes and I’ve asked to prepare primarily the meat/entree. Thanks to instant pot, I made the ribs and impressed everyone at the party. His family was never a huge fan of my food (because our palettes are very different). This time, with limited choice, I guess they had no choice but to eat everything. LOLIMG_7372

Adding a little bit of Christmassy to our meatless Monday meals. We had so much veggies, I thought for sure we won’t be able to finish it. Just happy my boys love vegetables. It makes my cooking so much easier. IMG_7314

Our countdown activity for tonight is to enjoy a red and green meal. That’s exactly what’s happening!IMG_7213IMG_7212

The cooling moist air and the dampness from the rain remind us that the season is kicking in full speed. Since Tuesdays are short nights due to practice, I tend to make the meal a day ahead. By the time I’m back home, I will have dinner ready in 15 minutes. Tonight was the perfect night to slurp down a nice hot bowl of Vietnamese beef stew. I made this yesterday with instant pot, and bought the flat noodles during lunch.

It was very rare to see the boys finishing their meal before me!

Last weekend, we stopped by a Korean place. One of the many banchan offered to us was the zucchini pancakes. We kept asking for more because they were so good. I decided to give it a shot and made it for today’s Meatless Monday. Not sure if it tasted just like the restaurant, but pretty darn close. The boys loved it! Strangely, I couldn’t get them to eat zucchini by itself, but paired up with eggs and some sauce, they were clearing the plate left and right. Always great to try out new recipes.img_7075.jpg

Craving for some beef chow fun this week, so made myself some. Of course, this doesn’t taste as good as the one ordered in (good) restaurants. But this is good enough for everyone. My food critics gave me two thumbs and complimented this is better tasting than some restaurants. Thank you!IMG_6948

A simple meal for short Tuesday night (basketball practice and violin lesson). Boys are eating so much these days I might need to make one more dish. IMG_6944

Garlic noodles pair nicely with seafood, but I substituted tofu with scallops for our meatless Monday meal. Boys love it!IMG_6939

Made these two dishes for Mr. Piggy’s family (top) and mine (bottom) for Thanksgiving.  Both sides already have the main attraction (turkey from inlaws and whole suckling pig from our side), so I just need to prepare “side dishes.”

Beef flank over tomato corn salsa for the inlaws.img_6902.jpgSince we didn’t have the ‘real’ turkey,  I made up one! My contribution to the table full of scrumptious homemade food. IMG_6926

p.s. I love it when Thanksgiving comes earlier which gives me a good breathing room between the two holidays.