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Spicy Pickled Cucumber

8 Persian cucumbers, washed of residue, cut into 1/4-inch rounds 2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons finely ground chile powder (gochugaru) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons sesame oil roasted and salted sesame seeds, for garnish 1 Place [...]


8 jalapeños 1/2 cup soy sauce 3 garlic cloves, sliced paper thin 3/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar (unseasoned will work in a pinch) 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon) 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite DIRECTIONS 1. Slice the jalapeños crosswise into thin rings about an 1/8-inch thick using a sharp knife or a handheld slicer. [...]

Lemon Parfait

Recipe adapted from WSJ Lemon Parfait recipe.  Used a different lemon curd recipe, a lighter and lower calorie version, and doubled it for the amount needed to make this Lemon Parfait recipe. Light Lemon Curd 1/3 cup strained, fresh lemon juice 2 tsp fresh lemon zest 5 tbsp sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1/2 [...]

Hibiscus Tea Lemonade

4 cups water 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers 1 cup lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons), fresh-squeezed water to taste Combine 4 cups of water and the sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring it to a boil. Remove the sugar water from the heat [...]

Chia Seed Pudding

From Food and Wine 2 1/2 cups almond milk 3 tablespoons agave nectar 1/2 cup chia seeds (3 ounces) 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional) or 4 drops of lemon extract In a 1-quart jar, combine the almond milk with the agave nectar. Close the jar and shake to combine. Add the chia seeds [...]

Homemade Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal

2 cups quick-cooking oats, pulsed slightly in food processor 1/4 cup sweetener (dry — like sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, etc.) 1/2 cup powdered (dry nonfat) milk 1 tablespoon cinnamon Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or bag.

Creamy Chicken Baked Flautas

I was recently looking for a healthier version of taquitos only to be reminded that flautas are baked versions of the deep fried taquitos.  I miss the taquitos I love so much when I was working in Glendale and drove over to co-worker’s little favorite Mexican restaurant in Burbank.  I got to eat there my [...]

Creme Brulee

4 cups heavy cream  or 4 cups of half-and-half 1/2 cup sugar 2 pinch salt 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 egg yolk 1) Preheat oven to 350 degree & line bottom of a large baking pan with a damp kitchen cloth. 2) Bring a large pot of water to boil. 3) Beat yolk, vanilla extract, [...]

Sweet Wasabi Pickles

Adapted from Curiously Ravenous I saw a bag of small pickles, 8 for 99 cents.  Since cucumbers are pretty pricey these days, thought I would try out these pickles and see what they were like.  Luckily, I also saw Curiously Ravenous’ recipe for sweet wasabi pickles earlier this week.  These turned out great and were [...]