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Soy-butter steak with mushrooms

Soy-butter steak with mushrooms

I generally try to avoid eating large quantities of meat, especially red meat, but every once in a while, we’ll have a steak as a ~treat your self~ type of meal. I also feel like my body is more open to the idea of red 

Savory Tang Yuan (pork-filled mochi dumplings)

Savory Tang Yuan (pork-filled mochi dumplings)

In Chinese culture, tang yuan 汤圆, mochi-like glutinous rice dumplings, are often eaten during the holidays as a symbol of family unity and harmony. Most tang yuan are sweet and filled with things like red paste or sesame paste, and can be found in the 

Creamy Smoked Trout Cucumber Bites

Creamy Smoked Trout Cucumber Bites

I classify these cucumber bites as “luxury on a budget” because it feels like the kind of hors d’eouvres you might get served at a charity gala or a wedding, but it’s made with just some creamy dairy (I used greek yogurt and mascarpone, but 

Strawberry-Rose Candy Cane Pastry

Strawberry-Rose Candy Cane Pastry

This strawberry-rose candy cane pastry is kinda meal-agnostic, in the sense that I feel like it could be serve at a Christmas brunch, as a sweet appetizer at a party, or even as dessert with some ice cream! I used creme fraiche and a strawberry-rose 

Pesto Pastry Trees

Pesto Pastry Trees

I’ve recently really got into using pre-made dough like puff pastry and the pillsbury crescent dough (all very new to me??) because they just make apps like this one so easy to pull together. It’s always nice to have something cute and festive, that I 

Persimmon-Burrata Salad

Persimmon-Burrata Salad

Persimmons are my absolute favorite winter fruit, and their honey-like sweetness is the perfect pairing for something salty, like prosciutto, and the creaminess of burrata. This salad is great with or without prosciutto and can be served as a salad or as little toasts for