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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carbon steel vs cast iron cookware

Carbon Steel vs. Cast Iron Pans: Key Differences

If you’re deciding between carbon steel and cast iron, it’s a good idea to consider their similarities and differences. It may surprise you to learn that carbon steel cookware has less carbon and more iron, whereas cast iron cookware has more carbon and less iron. Carbon steel cookware is 98-99% iron and 1-2% carbon, whereas cast iron has up to…

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Kewpie mayo bottle

What is Kewpie Mayo? (w/ Kewpie Mayo Recipe)

Rich in texture and eggy flavor, this umami-bomb of a condiment is more than just your everyday mayonnaise–Kewpie has a fairly large following around the world and it’s no surprise because it is delicious! Learn more about this Japanese favorite, how to use it, and even how to make a homemade version at home if you can’t find it. Kewpie…

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Asian baked chicken thighs

Juicy Baked Chicken Thighs (With an Asian Twist)

Chicken thighs are anything but ordinary when you marinade them with an Asian inspired sauce full of umami flavors like soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. These easy baked chicken thighs are perfect if you want a quick recipe that you can make in larger batches for meal prep too. Selecting and preparing the chicken This recipe calls for…

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