One of my favorite restaurants in the whole wide world used to be California Pizza Kitchen. I just loved it- I always, always got the spinach and artichoke dip appetizer and the thai chicken pizza (on honey whole wheat crust!). When I find something I like at a restaurant, I am notorious for ordering it every single time I go back and this was no exception. As I have matured and my foodie-ness has grown in epic proportions, CPK just doesn’t have the same appeal it once did. That’s ok, it happens. However, every now and then I still get a taste for this uniquely delicious pizza and being the self-proclaimed foodies that we are, I suggested we try to make it ourselves. It turned out great and I encourage you to shake things up sometime and give this recipe a try.
Category Archives: Asian
I LOVE miso soup! I found a great, easy recipe and was able to recreate one of my favorite restuarant dishes at home. It takes very little time to prepare and if you are considering throwing a sushi party any time soon, this would be a great way to kick things off.
Good ol cliche Pad Thai. What can I say, it is darn good despite being the most cliche and possibly Americanized Asian dish. Eileen is much more skilled in Asian cuisine (Curry is one of her specialties) than I am but I was inspired to give this old favorite a try. I looked up some recipes and sort of used them as a basis and tailored it to my taste.
I had a hankering for Chinese street style chicken on a stick and decided to expand and make my own glaze. I have used Soy Vay brand teriyaki sauce before but wanted to make my own and make it spicier and alcoholier. These are boneless skinless chicken thighs with my improvised recipe of a bourbon teriyaki glaze.
I’ve professed my love for homemade salad dressings on numerous occasions and I have made a few recently that were particularly delicious. The picture you see above is of a seared tuna salad with ginger-miso dressing, like one you would get a good Japanese restaurant. The work involved in this dressing mostly comes in the shopping for the ingredients! Otherwise, it’s pretty much a process of prepping the ingredients and throwing them in a food processor (or blender). It can’t get much easier and you will love the way it tastes.
Homemade sushi! It is not easy, but I am getting better. We have featured most of these other rolls before with a new guest this time of spicy tuna and salmon tempura roll. Also, this was about $12 worth of fish which shows you the mark up in restaurants, but again it is not easy and nice when someone really good and quick does it for you. Anyway, spicy tuna and salmon tempura roll!
I was trying to think of a way to diversify our meal ideas and different ways to use seared tuna. The final decision was to marinate and sear the tuna on the grill and place it on top of stir fried veggies, both with an Asian emphasis. Both parts of the dish were good alone and worked really well together.
We were making some finger foods for guests and while dumplings are not the typical “finger food” they were a good munchie to have out. We kept it pretty simple with pork, ginger, and green onion. We tried a few different cooking types as can be seen above before deciding on the best.
I always love to order panang curry when I go to Thai restaurants. It has a slightly bolder flavor than the red, green or yellow curry dishes and is so tasty when paired with coconut milk. I once stumbled across a recipe for it online and I realized that just like making red or green curry it all begins with the paste.