Chocolate Matcha Babka A.K.A. Cake for Breakfast

Chocolate Matcha BabkaI was inspired to bake babka because of the Seinfeld episode, The Dinner Party. In the episode, the gang is going to a dinner party, and Jerry and Elaine are attempting to purchase a chocolate babka to bring.  When the bakery runs out of chocolate, they are forced to purchase cinnamon, which, according to Elaine, is the lesser babka.  Jerry disagrees, stating that “cinnamon takes a backseat to no babka.”

So, being tempted by this debate, I had to have a taste-off.  But first, I had to find out what the heck babka is. Continue reading

Healthy Start: Diet and Exercise Plan for the New (School) Year

Lace-up!

Lace-up!

With the school year starting, I know that I am going to have very limited time to do anything besides work. This means exercise goes by the wayside and meal prep must become very strategic. The new (school) year, however, is a great time to make some health resolutions! Continue reading

Review of Mande’s Korean Inspired Tacos, plus Chili Lime Corn Recipe

Korean Pork TacosMy lovely friend from grad school, Mande, is one of my biggest blogging inspirations.  She blogs over at Klein Dot Co, and her bubbly personality comes through in every post. She takes amazing pictures and shares family-friendly recipes and crafts on her blog, and she does great themed posts like Taco Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday.  I wish I could be that organized!

I was on Pinterest when her post on Korean Inspired Pork Tacos caught my eye. We are not big meat-eaters, but I can’t resist fusion cooking, so I pinned it on my TO DO: Summer board. I made them recently, and man they were good! They definitely made a quick move to my YUM board! Continue reading

White Bean Cauliflower Mash

White bean cauliflower mashSo, the other day I was thinking about dinner and looking at my YUM! board on Pinterest. This is what I do on a regular basis because I have pinned many delicious, go-to recipes there.  But since I’m attempting to continue my low-carb kick, I am left scrolling and scrolling through tempting goodies that I just can’t eat. The worst.

Luckily, as I came upon this recipe for chicken with roasted garlic gravy, I simultaneously remembered that I had a container of prepared white beans in my fridge!  I decided that instead of mashed potatoes, I would experiment and make a white bean and cauliflower mash.

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Sunday Dinner: Grandma’s Spare Ribs

Grandma's spare ribsWhen I lived in Hawaii, we spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house. In fact, we did a family dinner every Sunday. I loved Sunday dinner because we got to watch Japanese shows while we ate, and I was the center of attention. The main thing I remember about those dinners was that my grandma never sat down.

Oh yeah, and there were also a few standout dishes.

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