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garlic rosemary steak

Happy new year everyone! Thank you for following me on my food adventures. It has been hard finding time to cook these days but it is one of my resolutions to try and find more time to cook, try new recipes, and host more gatherings. For my first post in 2015, I wanted to try a new steak recipe. I usually just season my steak with olive oil, salt & pepper but I wanted to try something different this time. I saw this recipe on Bon Appetit for garlic-rosemary steak and gave it try. This would be perfect for anyone who likes rosemary and garlic- lots of strong flavors here. I think I want try making herb butter next time. Let me know if you have any suggestions! 🙂 Recipe for garlic-rosemary steak courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/garlic-rosemary-steak Ingredients: 3/4 cup plus 7 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1/4 cup 1-inch pieces rosemary sprigs 1 1/2 pounds hanger or flank steaks, cut into four 6-ounce steaks Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 6 large garlic cloves, sliced Coarse sea …

the first Simply Delish Gathering

Last night, I was so excited to host the first Simply Delish Gathering with a fellow foodie, the lovely & talented Stephanie Chang. We were surrounded by great guests, delicious food & fun conversations. Thank you to everyone who attended! I am so thankful to be able to meet new people and be inspired by others. Our theme was a late autumn gathering and we decorated the table with pumpkins, persimmons, leaves & each person had an apple with a name tag (idea from Pinterest). We served citrus herb roasted chickens as one of the main dishes. This was the juiciest chicken I ever had, made by Steph. Check out her recipe on how to perfectly roast chicken. I wish I took some more photos of the food but I was just too excited to sit down and start eating! Thank you to Steph for being an amazing co-host and to our new friends 🙂

roasted chicken legs with lemon & thyme

One of my cooking goals is to cook a whole chicken. I have yet to do so but for now, I will settle with roasted chicken legs. I just did my own thing by sprinkling the legs with salt and pepper and then searing them in a pan with olive oil. Afterwards, I put them in a baking pan and topped with sliced lemons, garlic and thyme. Then I let it cook in the oven for about 30 min. It came out juicy and flavorful.. perfect for a simple dinner. I think I will try the same thing with a whole chicken next time! 🙂 Ingredients: chicken legs olive oil salt & freshly ground pepper fresh thyme leaves lemon, sliced garlic clovers Directions: Preheat oven to 450°F. Pat the chicken legs dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt & pepper on each leg. Add olive oil to a pan and sear the legs until they start to brown. Place the legs in a baking pan and top with sliced lemons, garlic clovers & thyme leaves. Bake …

linguine with clams

I used to not like clams, only in clam chowder. Yeah weird, makes no sense. But now, I like ordering pasta with clams and decided to try making it at home. I was inspired by the below recipe but did a few things differently. First of all, make sure you clean the clams thoroughly.. you don’t want dirty shells in your pasta! Instead of thinly sliced garlic, I minced garlic and I didn’t use tomatoes. I wanted to make it simple and just used garlic, red pepper flakes, wine, and parsley. I added a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresh taste. I was pretty impressed for my first time cooking with clams. Maybe I should make clam chowder next! 🙂 Recipe for linguine with clams courtesy of: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Linguine-with-Clams-em-Linguine-con-le-Vongole-em-350683 Ingredients: 3 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt 1 pound linguine 12 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 pound New Zealand cockles or 24 Manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 cup dry white wine …

baked chicken milanese with arugula salad + tomatoes

I usually fry my chicken when I make chicken milanese but decided to try baking it instead. Result: just as delicious as frying and the chicken was juicer! Instead of coating the chicken with flour and egg as I usually do to make milanese, I dipped each chicken breast into a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. I felt better about myself knowing that it wasn’t fried (since it’s such a big different right? hehe). I made a simple salad of greens and put on top of the chicken… it was a great combination and was a light & fresh meal! Next time you are craving chicken milanese, try this recipe! 🙂 Recipe for baked chicken milanese with arugula salad & tomatoes courtesy of: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/04/chicken-milanese-with-arugula-and.html Ingredients: For the Salad: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 5 medium ripe tomatoes, diced 1/4 small red onion, sliced thin 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil kosher salt and pepper to taste 6 cups baby arugula For the chicken: 24 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced …

tonight’s dinner: steak & soba stir fry

I love steak. I can eat it anytime, anywhere. Tonight, I ate it at home and in a stir fry and it was GOOD. I’ve made something similar before {https://delishthoughts.com/2014/01/31/my-friday-night-dinner/} but this time, I tried a new recipe from Bon Appetit. I didn’t use almonds & carrots because honestly, I had all the other ingredients at home & didn’t want to go to the market. I was lazy & hungry! 😛 The sauce was so flavorful. And I just realized that I don’t think I ever had steak with noodles but I mean, steak tastes good with anything! 🙂 Recipe for Steak & Soba Stir Fry courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/steak-and-soba-stir-fry Ingredients: 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 8 ounces soba (Japanese-style noodles) or spaghettini Kosher salt 1 tablespoon plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil t 12 ounces skirt or flank steak Freshly ground black pepper 2 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped 4 medium garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger 2 heads baby bok choy, quartered t 1 medium carrot, peeled, thinly sliced on a diagonal 3 …

spicy cold noodles with kimchi

On a hot summer day, it’s nice to have a bowl of cold noodles to cool you down. This dish is easy to whip up if you’re in the mood for something simple and spicy. You can add as much hot red pepper paste as you want depending on how spicy you want it and you can garnish with whatever you have. I did a simple garnish of perilla leaves on top but you can also add cucumbers, radishes & a hard boiled egg. Recipe for Spicy Cold Noodles with Kimchi courtesy of: http://www.koreanbapsang.com/2011/07/kimchi-bibim-guksu-spicy-cold-noodles.html#.U2fz3lVdWJk Ingredients: 8 – 10 ounces somyeon (somen) noodles 1 cup thinly sliced kimchi (fully fermented) 1/4 cup juice from kimchi (use a little more soy sauce and vinegar if unavailable) 1 tablespoon Korean red chili pepper paste, gochujang (adjust to taste) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon corn syrup (use honey or more sugar if unavailable) 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons rice or apple vinegar 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Optional garnish: 4 perilla leaves, kkaennip, thinly sliced …

my first time making a galette

I was excited to try making my first galette and found this great recipe from Bon Appetit- a galette with swiss chard & mushrooms. Galettes are so pretty especially ones with fruit (that will be my next challenge). So I took the easy/lazy route and bought dough from the market instead of my own. I’ll try making my own dough someday but why make it when it’s ready for you? 🙂 This galette was fun to make. It’s like making a pizza and you can be creative with your toppings. It didn’t turn out as pretty as I wanted it to be but it tasted good! It was savory and the herbs added a fresh touch. Can’t wait to make more galettes! 🙂 Recipe for swiss chard & mushroom galette courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/swiss-chard-and-mushroom-galette Ingredients: WHOLE WHEAT DOUGH 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup (1½ sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar GALETTE 1 cup ricotta Kosher salt and freshly ground black …

simple pasta: garlic spaghetti with herbs

Sometimes the simplest recipes make the best meals. I did my classic google search by typing in ingredients I had at home and found this simple but amazing recipe. You just chop up garlic, basil & spinach and sautee with butter. Add in spaghetti & top off with cheese. It can’t get any simpler than that. Recipe for garlic spaghetti with herbs courtesy of: http://pinchofyum.com/garlic-butter-spaghetti-with-herbs Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 15 mins INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. whole wheat spaghetti 6 tablespoons butter + more for serving 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 large bunch basil, chopped 1 large bunch baby spinach, chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for topping INSTRUCTIONS: Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat the butter together in a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Be careful not to burn or over-brown the garlic because it will taste bitter. Low and slow is the winner here. Chop the spinach and basil (I …

easy recipe: pasta with tomatoes & basil

Whenever I have tomatoes & herbs in the fridge, I like to just throw them in with some noodles. A bowl of pasta is always such a comforting meal and this is one easy & delicious recipe that you can just whip up in no time. It’s my go to dish when I want pasta & don’t want to cook for a long time. All you need are tomatoes, garlic, herbs and you’ll end up with a fresh tasting dish. The tomatoes get juicy as they simmer in garlic. My favorite kind of pasta is capellini but I ran out so I used linguine instead this time and it’s just as good. Quick, easy & fresh.. that’s the kind of meal I like after a busy day 🙂 Recipe for capellini with tomatoes & basil courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/capellini-with-tomatoes-and-basil-recipe.html Ingredients: Kosher salt 1/2 cup good olive oil, plus extra for the pot 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves) 4 pints small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes 18 large basil leaves, julienned 2 tablespoons chopped fresh curly …