seasoned rice with side dishes

Easy, Buttery Seasoned Rice Recipe

Why bother buying boxed seasoned rice at the store when you can make your own extra fluffy grains of rice seasoned with spicy paprika, savory garlic and onions, with earthy herbs like thyme and parsley. This easy stovetop rice pilaf recipe can also be customized based on the seasonings you have on hand too! What is seasoned rice or rice…

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Tteokbokki Recipe (Korean Spicy Rice Cakes)

Soft and chewy rice cakes simmering in a sweet and spicy glaze, this tteokbokki recipe is easy to make at home and doesn’t need too many ingredients to make. You can even learn how to make your own anchovy stock from scratch and get the ultimate spicy and savory snack for your next refreshingly cold beer.   What is tteokbokki and…

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Korean Egg Drop Sandwich Recipe

This egg drop sandwich is your next brunch favorite with light and fluffy eggs with melted cheese and crispy bacon pieces sandwiched between two thick brioche slices spread with a sweetened mayo sauce. Learn how to make this famous Korean toasted sandwich at home with tips and tricks to get ultra-tender eggs in a pocket of golden brown toasted bread. …

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strawberry Japanese fruit sandwich

Japanese Fruit Sandwich Recipe (Fruit Sando)

Bite into this refreshingly light Japanese fruit sandwich full of sweet whipped cream, juicy and plump ripe fruits, and soft milk bread slices. This recipe will teach you how to make your own whipped cream from scratch and properly assemble the fruit, so you get kawaii fruit sandos at home.  What is a Japanese fruit sandwich and what does it…

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air fryer frozen pot stickers

Air Fryer Frozen Pot Stickers (Dumplings / Gyoza)

If you’re on the hunt for something quick, easy, and delicious, then learn how to make your own crispy air fryer potstickers straight from the freezer. This recipe will teach you how to make air fryer frozen dumplings, gyoza, and potstickers at home in under 15 minutes.  Can you air fry frozen potstickers? You can definitely air fry frozen potstickers,…

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Air Fryer Biscuits (4 Brands Canned, Refrigerated Biscuits)

If you love a quick and easy side for a weeknight dinner, this air fryer biscuit recipe is for you. Learn how to make premade refrigerated biscuits faster than a conventional oven by using an air fryer to get hot and fresh biscuits in under 10 minutes! Can you make biscuits in an air fryer? There seems to be a…

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the Anova Precision Oven

Anova Precision Oven Review (Testing a $600 Combi Oven)

The combi oven – combination of a convection oven and a steam oven – was first invented for the food-service industry for the purpose of producing many racks of food all perfectly cooked in the exact same way. The combi oven can be programmed for dry or moist heat and can automatically shift between the two during the cooking process. …

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sauteed green beans with garlic

Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic & Butter

Garlicky and crisp sauteed green beans are the perfect side dish for your next meal if you want a quick and easy veggie. Learn how blanching the green beans keeps their texture and how you can add different seasoning spices.  Type of green beans to use I always prefer using fresh vegetables when I can get them in season because…

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basmati rice cooked on the stovetop

How to Cook Basmati Rice (On the Stovetop!)

Plump, fluffy, and buttery white basmati rice is easy to make at home and all you need is a pot and a stove. Learn how to cook perfect grains of white basmati rice over the stove in less than 40 minutes for your next meal.  What is so special about basmati rice? Basmati is a type of long-grain rice that…

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the best restaurants in Costa Mesa

The 13 Best Restaurants in Costa Mesa (My Personal Favorites!)

My first apartment after moving away from home was a stone’s throw away from South Coast Plaza. And since then, for about 20 years I’ve called Orange County home. This means exploring lots of fun and experiencing the best restaurants in Costa Mesa. Not five minutes away from beach, the airport, University of California, Irvine, and the world famous South…

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shallots vs. green onions

What Are Shallots? (Shallots vs. Onions & Green Onions)

Like garlic, leeks, and onions, shallots are an allium family vegetable that contributes flavor and aroma to a dish. Prior to reaching India and the Mediterranean, they are thought to have originated in Southeast Asia. Nowadays, we use shallots in French and Southeast Asian cuisines. They are a typical ingredient in home kitchens and restaurants because of their versatility and…

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best restaurants in Austin

The 17 Best Restaurants in Austin (My Personal Favs!)

Austin definitely holds its own as a food destination. I feel a sense of home while being here, with lots of food to explore that’s still different than what I have at home. The thriving bar scene really does feel like home in Orange County, California and San Diego, California too. There’s a thriving coffee scene with dozens of small…

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