Mini Mozzarella Appetizers

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10 Easy Party Recipes

I love cooking and it makes me so happy when people enjoy my food. However, cooking for others can be pretty stressful. You want to make sure the food tastes good and still be able to entertain your guests when they arrive. I usually plan out at least 3-4 days, longer if it’s more than…

Baked Lotus Root Chips

During our first visit to Kyushu, Japan, we tried Karashi Renkon, a mustard filled lotus root, which is a speciality of Kumamoto. We also tried lotus root chips which I really liked and regretted that we didn’t buy more to bring home. So during the Chinese New Year weekend, I decided to make lotus root…

Roasted Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

When I first saw the recipe for buttermilk roasted chicken on Smitten Kitchen, I wanted to try it out immediately because it looked so simple AND that you can marinate the chicken ahead of time, making this a fantastic recipe for meal prep. The chicken marinated in buttermilk was so juicy and while there are…

Mini Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries & Nutella

When I was brainstorming on what to make for a group of 20+ co-workers during our “12 Days of Baking/Cooking” event, I decided that mini pancakes would be the perfect dish. Most of us start early so a breakfast item is always nice, plus these mini pancakes on a stick are pretty easy to eat…

Warm Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

When I’m too lazy to go out and pick up grocery or food, I’d raid my kitchen to see what’s I can pull together for a simple meal. One time I only had some nugget potatoes, a few grape tomatoes and one egg. So I decided to turn them into a warm potato salad topped…