涼拌大頭菜 / 青花菜心 / 胡瓜 / 小黃瓜 Asazuke Turnip/ Broccoli/ Cucumber

涼拌小黃瓜

涼拌胡瓜

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黑芝蔴紅蘿蔔醋沙拉 Sesame Carrot Salad

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皮蛋辣豆腐 Spicy Century-Egg Tofu Salad

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Caramelized onion dip

Written on Dec. 28, 2008



Last time when I visit Extraordinary Desserts, a lovely cafe/dessert place in San Diego, I came upon a really delicious onion dip, made with caramelized onion and sour cream and served with kettle chips. It was absolutely to die for. For the record, Extraordinary Desserts currently holds “Ivy the foodie” award of “the best cake in the US”. Everything I have tried there, including 5 different cakes, the onion dip, two different bruschettas, is great. They even use Valrhona chocolate in their mocha!

I found a similar recipe from 101 Cookbook Link. Somehow I always thought that the dip is made of cream cheese, since the dip from Extraordinary Desserts is so rich. So I replaced the sour cream with cream cheese when I made it this time. Also I skipped the onion powder since I don’t have it at hand. Instead of kettle chip, which I found too oily, I served this dip with multi-grain cookies. It worked out quite well! But funnily when I went back to check the menu on ED’s website, it said the dip they serve is made of sour cream too! Hm… I wonder what happened with my palette at that time….

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蕃茄印地安麥莎莎醬 Tomato Quinoa Salsa

Written on Dec. 28, 2008

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 larger tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded and chopped
  • as much chopped fresh cilantro as you can stand
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 diced avocado (optional)

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黑豆玉米莎莎醬 Black bean corn salsa

Written on Dec. 28, 2008

Original recipe link

My modified version:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) of black bean, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or as much as you can bear)
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced

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酪梨醬 Guacamole

Written on Dec. 28, 2008

I sort of combine two recipes (Link and Link) in making this guacamole.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe Hass avocados
  • 1 tablespoon of lime (lemon) juice
  • 1/2 medium onion (red onion is better for the color), diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoon of cilantro, finely chopped.
  • 1-2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

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