Baked Manicotti with sausage and peas

This is a recipe of one of my fave celebrity chefs Giada de Laurentii.  I was inspired to prepare this after watching her show and how easy the whole cooking process was.  My husband liked it a lot and said he would love to have this again, but for me it’s OK.  I find it similar to a Lasagna, however, instead of being layered its stuffed’s the recipe if you want to make this at home and if you’re into pasta dishes.  Giada’s Recipe

italian sausage

with ricotta cheese

Cheese Quesadillas

I didn’t plan to make this when I realized that I have lots of leftovers from our taco night.  I wanted to use the rest of the flour tortilla and shredded cheese. Perfect for a quick lunch for my home based hard working hubby!

tortilla and cheddar cheese
Panini or sandwich maker - so easy!

oopppssss!cheese all over..

mexican appetizer and thai iced tea drink = happy filipino tummy!LOL

Red velvet cupcakes, the easy way!

I Love Ina Garten!  I’ve seen all of her shows/episodes on her Food Network show Barefoot Contessa!  Aside from the fact that her recipes are easy and she’s so in love with Jeffrey!  I think she has the best kitchen on any food network show!!  How I adore her kitchen and her 8 burner stove, 2 dishwashers!  LOL..Im feeling lucky that we have a little specialty store here in Issaquah where I can easily buy some of Ina Garten’s products, although I’ve checked it online and found that you can also buy her products on the Barefoot Contessa website (I’ve never done this yet).

I made a not so yummy corned beef dish the other day, so I wanted to compensate with a yummy dessert to make up for it.  I especially love the frosting of this cupcake recipe, creamy and sweet!  You can check the recipe on the food network of this Red velvet recipe if ever you’re up for making cupcakes from scratch!


Chicken Satay

I love anything “cute” and on a skewer, just like this Tyler Florence chicken satay with peanut sauce… This is another simple dish that I’ve made a couple of times already because it’s quick, simple and delicous!  If you want the recipe, you can check Food Network and search “chicken satay” under Tyler florence.

marinating chicken

peanut sauce

Coho Cafe

I just love this place, simply because they have the BEST and I mean THE best slider I’ve ever had.  Their Kalbi beef short rib sliders are a must! I swear I can eat these sliders everyday.  So last Sunday after church, we had brunch at Coho and hubby really enjoyed his omelet and he had bloody mary too!  I had the sliders and a chicken curry dish:)

bloody mary
so yummy

omelet with salmon and goat cheese
chicken curry

rockfish with tartar sauce!

This is the simplest recipe of any fish I’ve prepared so far!  I like watching Secrets of a Restaurant Chef with Anne Burrel.  She is so much fun and energetic,  she really shares her restaurant knowledge with the viewers.  Now, back to the fish, Anne prepared Sole Meuniere this week and it’s really simple and inspired me to prepare this rockfish in a similar way.  We paired our rockfish with home made tartar sauce.  My husband prepared the sauce and he used Ina Garten’s recipe.

I seasoned the fish with salt and pepper,italian herbs.
dredge fish into flour
pan fried,2 minutes per side!

preparing tartar sauce.

Tartar sauce recipe: Ina’s Recipe


Coffee Creme Brulee!

This is just another version of the first creme brulee I made 2 weeks ago.  Instead of Vanilla Bean, it’s coffee this time! I really prefer the coffee flavor over the vanilla, since it’s more intense and there’s a “kick” on every bite of it’s creamy goodness!


8 egg yolks
1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 teaspoon instant coffee granules or powder
tablespoon raw sugar to finish


1. Use a fork to mix together the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring almost to a boil.Gradually stir into the egg yolk mixture.

2. Strain the custard back into the saucepan and stir in the coffee and keep stirring until the coffee has dissolved completely.

3. Arrange 6 ovenproof ramekins in a roasting pan. Pour the custard into the dishes,then pour water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 20-30 minutes until the custard is set with a slight softness at the center.

4. Leave the dishes to cool in the water, then chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. About 25 minutes before serving, sprinkle the tops of the desserts with the sugar and caramelized with a blowtorch. Leave at room temperature until ready to serve.

instruction,just copied here!

egg mixture
mixing the cream
I used 3 packets of starbucks coffee
ready to go to the oven!
after 30 minutes!!love the color!looks so good:)


Last Friday we had sushi at home.  This is not the first time we did this, but I can honestly say that this was more “special.”  We made some rolls and had salmon and tuna sashimi, along with calamari salad!  I didn’t plan to have sushi that night but Hubby ordered a box of “uni” (sea urchin eggs) at our local Issaquah fish market and it’s not my fave so I suggested maybe we get salmon so we’ll have a little sushi party!  Hubby got so excited and suggested we go to the Asian Market (Uwajimaya@ Bellevue).  So off we go to the market, I stayed in the car because Riley was with us coz I dont want him alone in the house with him still recovering from his surgery!  My hubby can be an impulsive buyer! hehe, I SPECIFICALLY told him to get salmon but he ended up buying lots of fish that will last us for another day!  I ate too much sushi that night, I think I’ll have sushi again next year!

calamari salad,my fave!
thanks to my hubby for slicing preparing the whole thing!
tuna and salmon rolls!
sushi set that we used for the first time,had this for 2 years now!