Instant Pot Filipino Arroz Caldo with Chicken

So I adapted this slightly from my usual on-the-pot version. It was definitely way easier, way faster and the entire house didn’t have to spell like garlic for it. I’ve been sick with a virus, so I made this for myself, my family and anyone willing to sample it. (I sent some leftovers with Lucy’s…

Instant Pot Honey-and-Soy-Glazed Chicken

I warn you, this recipe couldn’t be more pedestrian. (Not that my other recipes are that fancy.) But I promise, it’s yummy. Ingredients 4-5 pieces of chicken thighs 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce 1/3 cup ketchup 1/3 cup honey 1/2 tsp. oregano 2 tbsp. minced garlic 2 tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tbsp. sesame oil…

Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Sesame Ginger Sauce

Okay, I’m officially obsessed with my Instant Pot — especially after making this meal. Before I discovered the Instant Pot, it would take me at least 2 hours to make this meal. Today, I made it in 45 minutes and it tasted delicious. It’s a recipe from my mom that I adapted for the Instant…

Instant Pot (Slow-Cooked) Beef Chili

I’ve always made chili in the crockpot. It’s pretty simple, but having to brown the meat on the stove only to transfer it to the crockpot is pretty annoying. With the Instant Pot, there’s less cleanup! Though it’s still slow-cooked, it’s more instant than my previous chili method. There’s also a faster way to cook…

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Another success story via Instant Pot. This one took me 30 minutes to make, but keep in mind, it was a new recipe I adapted based on what I had in my pantry. It probably would’ve taken 20 minutes had I not been conspiring on ingredient substitutes. Ingredients 4 pieces of thick chicken breasts (no…

Instant Pot Chicken Afritada

Like many, I had my reservations about the Instant Pot. Is it as fast as they say? Is it really “instant”? Will it make everything mushy? All those buttons, is it difficult to figure out? I’ve had it for 1 week now and I’ve made baby back ribs and beef stew. Both turned out just…

Recipe Staple: My Mom’s 4-Ingredient Chicken Salad

I’ve been eating this chicken salad since I could eat … Well, not the same batch, obviously. It’s better than those I’ve had at stores and restaurants because it’s not super chunky so it’s easy to eat and it has just the right hint of sweetness for balance. It’s yummy! I make it for my…

Accidental Crockpot Chicken with Gravy

Now that I’m a mom, I have no choice but to “crockpot” (as a verb). And when I’ve had no time to go to the grocery store, I have no choice but to find random things in my pantry to make a meal. Yesterday morning, I found myself contemplating on what to feed my family…

Whole 30-Friendly Trout with Spinach Salad and Tomato Relish

I love trout. With crispy skin and I’m in fish heaven. This meal took 20 minutes to make so fun definitely want to keep it in my repertoire.  Ingredients 2 filets of trout  1 lemon for 1 tbsp. of juice and 1 tbsp. of zest  1 tomato 10 purple olives, sliced 1 tbsp. of capers …

My Version of Engagement Chicken (And It’s Whole 30-Friendly) 

The original “engagement chicken” appeared in Glamour magazine. Legend has it that Glamour magazine staffers made it for their men and were proposed to soon after. It has super powers! I made it for my husband for the first time AFTER we were engaged though. Even still, he loved it so there’s something to it!…

Whole 30-Compliant Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

When Jesse’s Aunt Karen shared this recipe with us, I have to admit I was skeptical. I am all about the rice, but a rice substitute? Hmmm… But we tried it anyway and it was pretty tasty.  I tweaked it slightly to be Whole 30 compliant. Ingredients  1 head of cauliflower, minced with a food…

Roasted Tarragon Chicken Legs With Leeks and Mushrooms

Still on the Whole 30 and got this recipe from “The Whole 30 Cookbook.” I didn’t know what to expect since it was my first time cooking leeks. In fact, before I bought leeks from the supermarket, I didn’t entirely know what they were. When I’ve had dishes with it at restaurants, I always thought…

Ginger Lemongrass Lime Chicken Recipe

Still doing the Whole 30 challenge…  In an effort to “fun up” our night’s protein, I came up with this recipe out of what I had in our fridge and pantry. Admittedly, I didn’t have time to meal plan or go to the store this week. Ingredients Chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)  1 tbsp. of…

Chrissy Teigen’s Mushroom Soup Recipe Via “Cravings” Cookbook

Okay, it doesn’t look pretty, but it’s just what we needed today — just one day after the biggest snow day this winter so far. We also had a side of tuna for lunch for much-needed protein. NOTE: Since we are still on the Whole 30 challenge, we substituted butter with coconut oil. Don’t be…

Breakfast Bowl Recipe: Egg on Sweet Potato Hash and Kale

It’s day 5 since my husband and I started the Whole 30. It’s the latest on-trend eating challenge that aims to hit the reset button on your body. You can’t eat anything with sugar, carbs, beans, soy, processed foods, just to name a few. Truth be told, it’s tough. And to be frank, we may…

Butternut Squash Soup (From Scratch!)

I’ve never made a puréed soup before, but since becoming a mom and preparing Lucy’s food (all steamed, then blended), I was inspired to make a butternut squash soup! Ingredients 1 large butternut squash (about 1 1/2-2 pounds), large diced 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 apple, peeled and diced 1 tbsp. olive oil 2…

The Time I Tried Fish Sperm Sacs at Wabi Sabi

I’m not going to lie, when we first moved to New Jersey from New York City, I was sad … about the food. There is no match — food-wise, that is — from Manhattan, where we first lived together as a foodie couple, and Brooklyn, where we were living before having the baby and becoming…

Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing on the First Snowy Day of the Season

What do you do when you wake up, it’s snowing and you don’t have much in the fridge? You make due. We had a christening to go to around 2, so we needed a “light” lunch. Lucky for us, I had some already-defrosted chicken “wingettes” and (a kind of) old bottle (yet still usable) bottle…

Discovering The Noble East

For Jesse’s birthday, we spontaneously discovered The Noble East in Upper Montclair while taking a drive. We had heard that it opened, but we didn’t know what to expect. Many Chinese eateries are scattered around the area, but hardly any of them are proper for a “sit down.” Most are takeout joints that have “the usual”…

Super-Easy Filipino-Style Pork Chops

“Filipino-style” basically means these pork chops are both sweet and savory. (It also means, we merely marinated them in Mama Sita barbecue sauce before grilling.) It’s one of our summer go-tos. You can also substitute the pork for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Ingredients • Pork chops • Mama Sita Barbecue Marinade (you can buy this…

I Made One of Those Tastemade Video Recipes: Hainanese Chicken Rice

If you haven’t been living under a (social media) rock, you definitely have seen these quick recipe videos that make your mouth water. But do you ever ACTUALLY make what you see in them? Be honest. Nah. Well today, I finally did. I’ve loved Hainanese chicken for years — ever since I’ve had my first…

I Perfected My Filipino Chicken and Pork Adobo Recipe

Eureka, I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally perfected my Filipino chicken and pork adobo recipe. Ingredients • 5 to 6 chicken drumsticks • 1 pound of pork belly or pork loin (cut up into 2-inch pieces) • 1 cup of distilled vinegar • 1/2 cup of Filipino soy sauce (not Kikoman which is so much…

Euna’s Mom’s Korean Beef Kalbi/Bulgogi Recipe

My co-worker Euna was kind enough to share her mom’s beef kalbi/bulgogi recipe with me. We’ve always been a fan of Korean barbecue — we go to K-Town on 32nd Street once a month or so — but we’ve never attempted to make it on our own. We’ve seen recipes for it online before, but…

Decadence at Littleneck

Here’s what we ordered: New England Clam Chowder (pictured below, how could you not?!) and Brussel Sprouts and Squid (pictured above) to start. By the way, they did not skimp on the calamari like many restaurants do — it was about 65/35 with crunchy and grilled squid taking the lead over the brussel sprouts. For…

Amazing Find: The Chocolate Room

While exploring Park Slope one day after a much-needed haircut, I came across The Chocolate Room. From the outside, one might assume it’s just a shop that sells chocolate truffles, but when you walk in, you’ll quickly realize it’s a cafe — the no-fuss, easygoing kind where you can sit for hours enjoying a cup…

The Life-Altering Chef’s Table at Manila Social Club

Jesse and I have been going to Manila Social Club for brunch ever since they opened. And by default, every time we go, we Instagram a photo or two of what we consumed. I mean, how could you not? The food is just THAT pretty. From tocino to eggplant torta, from longanisa hash to avocado tempura,…

Simplest Fried Chicken Ever

At times, you just gotta have grease. And today was no exception for me and Jesse. We needed something quick and easy to eat with the salad we bought from Whole Foods last night, so I went with my super-simple fried chicken. Ingredients • Chicken drumsticks • Flour • Salt • Pepper • Vegetable or…