Asparagus Glass Noodles

When I was 7, my dad forced me to quit gymnastics which I LOVED. I even did so well that there was talk about me trying out for the competitive team; I’m not still bitter or anything. Now that I’m a parent, I’m thinking they were just trying to get more money out of my…

Beef Bulgogi

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I Love Korean BBQ! Beef Bulgogi is probably my favorite kind too. It is thinly sliced meat (usually rib eye) marinated and then cooked quickly at a high heat. I love the salty, sweet, umami balance to it, which makes it a good dish to make…

Pretzel Dogs

“Oooh back to school, back to school, I’ve got my lunch pack up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight”. Is it just me, or once those back to school commercials start, this is the song that gets stuck in your head? My favorite back to school commercial of all…

Pork Lumpia

Filipino food may not be as big or sought after as other Asian foods, but even if you don’t know a thing about it I’m pretty sure you have heard of Lumpia. Maybe you’ve had it but didn’t know what it was or that it was filipino. When I was six years old, I moved…

Banana Lumpia

There’s an island in the middle of the pacific. That island is in the middle of a string of other islands, and in the middle of that island are the Healing stones or (Keanianileihuaokalani) which are just around the corner from one of my favorite places on this world, my grandma’s house! In the back…

Whidbey Island Cobbler

A million and a half hours ago, I use to work at one of Seattle’s famous Seafood Restaurants. I was a forgettable busser. I had decided that I was going to try being in the “front of the house” (wait staff) for the first time, while I had friend’s from culinary school in the “back…

Swedish Pancakes

If you saw me, you would never assume that I’m Swedish. But I am very Swedish. Exactly 1/4th and my Swedish roots run deep. I’m kind of a genealogy nerd I love looking into my family tree. I have dug so deep into my Swedish family line that I’ve been able to trace my family…

Cheater Ramen

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I Love Ramen!! There are those days though, that I just don’t want the whole hassle of making ramen from scratch. I grew up on top ramen (Maruchan brand of course); ramen has always been a comfort food to me. My dad was the one who’d…

Furikake Popcorn

Every culture has their weird snacks and Hawaii is no different. The islands really are a melting pot of cultures, Theres a huge population of both Japanese and Filipino, as well as a mix of other Micronesian cultures and Chinese. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the snacks would also be a melting pot too….

Beef Phở

Is it me or has Phở just blown up in the last 10 years? Growing up in the Seattle area you quickly learn the difference between Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Vietnamese food. There have been phở places around for what seems like forever, but you still had to go find them. Then all of a sudden…

Lazy Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant is a very underused vegetable in my house, which is unfortunate because I love it. But I’m the only one who likes it in my family who likes it (insert world’s tiniest violin). I usually have to get my eggplant kick in the form of eggplant parmesan while at an Italian restaurant because sometimes I just get pizzaed out. The…

Landon’s Famous Gumbo

When my boys were 4 they were in love with the movie, Princess and the Frog (though I’m sure they’ll lie and tell you they weren’t). I think the fact that Tiana had a love for cooking when she was so young, they really related to that. I loved that this was their favorite movie, because…