Chicken and Rice Casserole

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We had quite a bit of snow this past few days. Schools were closed and kids were home. Even my husband was home due to the bad weather. When the weather goes bad, and eating out is not an option, I need to come-up with something to feed hungry people in my family. They could easily fix their own ham and cheese sandwich, but returning home with frozen body after playing hard in the snow outside, I feel like I better feed them something more soothing and satisfying. What a thoughtful mother and ...

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Sticky Date Pudding Cake

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Several years ago, I visited England out of the blue. My sister lived in Oxford at the time and I found a deal of the century to fly to England for USD $280 from Hong Kong (I was living in HK). I was granted 10 days of vacation from my mother and wife duties. I booked the ticket and flew. We spent the 10 days together as sisters traveling to many lovely places in England. ...

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Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I think I have tried more than 3 dozens of different chocolate cake recipes since 1995; the year I got married and began my journey of western cooking & baking. Among those recipes, there are quite a few I like. They make scrumptious chocolate cakes. But when it comes to its simplicity to make (excluding the cake mix versions) with the irresistible soft & moist crumbs, and the rich chocolate flavor..., I must say this is the recipe I vote. ...

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Kimchi Tomato Spaghetti

Kimchi Tomato Spaghetti

A friend of friend of friend of mine has a little farm up in the highland of Malaysia, grow tomatoes and other vegetables. So I got a boxful of vine ripe tomatoes because my heart was telling me that I should. (I tend to follow my instinct which is not necessarily the logical method of life processing skill) They are good, juicy and flavorful. I have been eating tomatoes for breakfasts, for lunches, for snacks, and used them in the recipes for dinners in the past few days. I fed to my husband ...

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Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting

Spic Cake with Caramel Icing

I have a fear. A fear, a hesitation, and a near trauma..., I am afraid of making CARAMEL FROSTING. I have tried numerous times perfecting this evil frosting but I don't think I had ever got it right. I always ended up with a bowl full of crumbly golden glob mess that didn't even stick to the cake. So frustrating... It was my husband's birthday this past Sunday and guess what his favorite cake to eat for his special B-day was? Yup, a spice cake with caramel frosting! ...

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Lemonade Scones

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I love Scones.  But I have to admit that I don't enjoy the "cutting cold butter into small pea size" action that most traditional scone recipes ask for. That's why I turned my heart and soul into searching for quick and easy cream biscuit recipes. Here is a good one that you can literally prep the whole thing in 5 minutes before you put into oven to bake. I came across this recipe by accident while I was looking for some good biscuit topping for my blueberry cobbler dessert. I adapted the ...

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Hot chocolate on a stick

  Have you ever tried hot chocolate on a stick? I had this delicious hot chocolate for the first time in a small bed and breakfast in Brugge, Belgium a couple of years ago. I've always thought that hot chocolate is coming from the powdered mix where you just add hot water, which, of course, is still good and convenient. Then, I had tried this stick version of real chocolate melted in hot milk. It was so good that I would never wanted to go back to one of those packet kinds. ...

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