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Have you ever tried to cook quinoa? How do you cook and serve it? What recipe do you like the best?

The quinoa I bought from costco, on the bag it says pre-rinsed, so I don't have to rinse it every time. All these veggies and herbs sound delicious.

Feb 03, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Suggestions for pizza topping combinations, please!

I love sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers and mushrooms. Sometimes I just brush the crust with some olive oil, a little bit garlic, then bake the crust. Meanwhile toss some fresh arugula with some cherry tomatoes if you like with fresh lemon juice, a little bit extra-virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, and a little bit red pepper flakes if you like some spicy taste. Once the crust is done, top the crust with this fresh salad, heavenly delicious. (http://recipeland.com)

Feb 03, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Your best cupcake recipe please

Chocolate cupcakes are always my favorite. I also prefer some filling in it.

Jan 29, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Have you ever tried to cook quinoa? How do you cook and serve it? What recipe do you like the best?

Quinoa has been becoming more and more popular, it's high in protein, it's not a wheat but a kind of seed. Quinoa is very versatile, you can make salad with it, you can eat it like rice to serve with other main course. The best part is that it's so healthy and good for you.

Jan 29, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Your best "healthy" banana bread recipe please

Thanks, if you are a fan of banana bread, give it a try, and you will love it without feeling guilty :) (http://recipeland.com)

Jan 27, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Yes, I love blueberries in my banana bread too. Butter is the best for sure.

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

I just made this banana bread yesterday, and it was so moist and delicious. Unlike normal banana bread uses lots of butter, this recipe uses apple sauce, butter and vegetable oil, which makes the banana bread super moist and tasty but much lower saturated fat. It's also made from whole wheat flour that adds extra fiber. Chocolate chips and walnuts add extra yumminess and goodness. I gave alway a few slices to my neighbours, and they all just loved it. Of course, the entire loaf didn't last long, before it reached temperature, it's almost gone...

Applesauce Banana, Chocolate Chips and Nuts Bread

2 tablespoons butter, unsalted melted
2 tablespoons canola oil or light olive oil
1/4 cup applesauce natural, unsweetened
1/2 cup brown sugar *
2 large eggs
4 small bananas ripe and mashed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet) *

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, oil, applesauce and sugar until well blended.

Add eggs and whisk until well mixed.

Stir in mashed bananas until well combined.

In a large bowl, whisk together baking soda, salt and whole wheat flour.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and mix with a wooden spoon until just incorporated and no dry spot remains.

Pour into loaf pan that's well greased with butter,

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until a wooden stick inserted center comes out almost clean.

Let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Leftover can be sliced, put in a zip-lock bag and store in freezer for up to 1 month or in frige for 1 week.

The recipe is from http://recipeland.com

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Your best "healthy" banana bread recipe please

I just made this banana bread yesterday, and it was so moist and delicious. Unlike normal banana bread uses lots of butter, this recipe uses apple sauce, butter and vegetable oil, which makes the banana bread super moist and tasty but much lower saturated fat. It's also made from whole wheat flour that adds extra fiber. Chocolate chips and walnuts add extra yumminess and goodness. I gave alway a few slices to my neighbours, and they all just loved it. Of course, the entire loaf didn't last long, before it reached temperature, it's almost gone...

Applesauce Banana, Chocolate Chips and Nuts Bread
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted melted
2 tablespoons canola oil or light olive oil
1/4 cup applesauce natural, unsweetened
1/2 cup brown sugar *
2 large eggs
4 small bananas ripe and mashed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet) *

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, oil, applesauce and sugar until well blended.

Add eggs and whisk until well mixed.

Stir in mashed bananas until well combined.

In a large bowl, whisk together baking soda, salt and whole wheat flour.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and mix with a wooden spoon until just incorporated and no dry spot remains.

Pour into loaf pan that's well greased with butter,

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until a wooden stick inserted center comes out almost clean.

Let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Leftover can be sliced, put in a zip-lock bag and store in freezer for up to 1 month or in frige for 1 week.

The recipe is from http://recipeland.com

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

It sounds like coconut does make the banana bread taste better, I will be adding some coconut into my batter next time. Thanks for sharing :)

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Chocolate chips is a must! Kona Inn Banana Bread? Never heard of it before. I have to search for this recipe first...

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Macadamia nuts, coconut, and white chocolate, again I have never tried to make a banana with these a few ingredients. But I do know white chocolate will make the bread taste creamier, richer and tastier. Love coconut and macadamia nuts too, hmmm, on my to-bake list.

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Wow, this banana bread must be ultimately moist and delicious. 7 large bananas, 1 cup butter, 3 large eggs and 1/2 lemon juice, wow. I love the idea of using lemon juice and lemon zest, which will give banana bread some citrus and refreshing zing. I will definitely give this idea a try too. Thanks for sharing :)

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Bourbon? Another experiment for me to do, but it sure sounds good :)

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Next time, I will add some tapioca pudding into my banana bread, then I will have a reason to make a tapioca pudding too, hmm, another one of my favorites... Thanks for the idea.

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

This recipe does sound divine, I can see the banana cake will come out so moist. I will add some chocolate chips into the batter, chocolate is everything to me :) Cream cheese frosting sounds delish! Sour cream or yogurt will certainly make it even moister.

This is one of my most adored banana bread recipe

Sour Cream Banana and Walnut Bread

1/4 cup butter, unsalted
1/4 cup olive oil light or canola oil
1 cup sucanat raw sugar, or use brown sugar*
2 large eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bananas ripe and mashed, 2 to 3 ones*
1/2 cup sour cream, light
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F degree.

Coat a regular loaf pan with cooking spray or greased with butter.

Cream butter, olive oil and sucanat in a large bowl, pour in eggs, mix well.

Stir in flour, soda, and salt.

Stir in bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until well mixed.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until brown at edges, inserting a wooden stick in the center comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

This is so good. (http://recipeland.com)

Jan 26, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

This recipe sounds good. I like the idea of using both bananas and strawberries, which will certainly make the bread super moist and yummy. Alos love the nutmeg, will have to add this one to my "to-bake" list. Need some strawberries and more bananas. Look forward to making it. Thanks for sharing :)

Jan 24, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

What the difference tapioca pudding makes? I have never tried it.

Yes, always brown sugar, me too. It does add some depth to the taste.

Jan 24, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Coffee and rum sounds delicious, and rhubarb compote at the bottom of the pan is another great idea, I have never tried to mix in any of these ingredients. I will certainly make a banana bread by using them. I bet it should be super. Thank for sharing :)

Jan 24, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

What other vegetables can I put in indian food?

We add cauliflowers into our curry dishes, cauliflower can soak all the yummy juice and turns out delicious.

Jan 24, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

I love banana bread, never feel I can have enough of it. Moist, banana-y, and delicious. There are so many recipes to make banana bread and they are so easy to make. Most of the bread banana recipes is to cream the butter and sugar, add eggs and mashed bananas, then mixed with flour, baking soda and salt. This is the basic dough, of course you can always add fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries or mixed berries; or add some walnuts, pecans or even chocolate chips. Whichever way you make it, it always turns out delicious.

For the healthier version, you can always use applesauce to replace butter, it's still moist and absolutely delicious.

How about you? How do you make your banana bread? Really want to hear some great ideas :) Thanks in advance.

Jan 24, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

What are you cooking for Valentines day?

I am going to make Be My Valentine Brownies. I have been making these brownies for years, they are the best, so moist, chocolaty and pretty. I make these brownies not only for Valentine's day, but also at normal days, so far everyone loves it and raves about it. It's a pure indulgence... Hope you will enjoy them too.

Be My Valentine Brownie Hearts
4 ounces chocolate unsweetened unsweetened
3/4 cup margarine (1 1/2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour, all-purpose
1 cup nuts chopped
2 2/3 cups strawberries halved*
8 ounces whipped topping, prepared or whipped cream for the ultimate treat

Directions
Heat oven to 350 F (325 degrees F if you are using a glass or pyrex baking dish).

Line a 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan with foil, extending over edges to form handles.

Spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease.

Heat chocolate and butter or margarine in a small saucepan over low heat. Alternatively place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at full power.

Stir frequently until chocolate is completely melted.

In a large bowl mix together the sugar and chocolate mixture until well blended.

Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.

Add the flour and nuts and blend thoroughly.

Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Be careful not to overbake! You want the outside to be a bit crisp and retain a fudge-like interior.

Cool in the pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes for easier cutting.

Lift brownies out of pan with foil handles.

Invert onto back of pan. Carefully remove foil.

Carefully flip over onto a cutting board.

Cut into heart shapes with a heart shaped cookie cutter.

Place half of the brownies on individual dessert plates.

Arrange strawberries over the brownie. Top with whipped cream or whipped topping.

Top with another brownie creating a sandwich.

Garnish with a strawberry half.

Serve immediately.

Makes 10 heart shaped brownies (depending on the size of your heart-shaped cookie cutter or about 5 to 6 servings.

You can go to http://recipeland.com, my site to see more photos.

Jan 24, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Basic Napa Cabbage Kimchi (Kimchee)

I have been addicted to kimchee since the first time I tasted it. I made my kimchee last year for the first time, and it came out delicious. I didn't add any shrimp or fish stuff, it was a vegetarian version, but still super tasty. This recipe is very close to the one on my website (recipeland.com), but the recipe I was using is a lot more complicated, it requires all-night soaking in the salt water, also the recipe made long strips instead of small chunks.

Jan 18, 2012
happyzhangbo in Recipes

Help me get over my fear of kimchee!

We are not in the city, so local grocery stores sometimes carry daikon, sometimes not. I guess local people probably don't buy daikon so often, hehe. If you are in Toronto, it's not a problem at all, and you can definitely find daikon at every grocery store. I made my cabbage kimchee with a napa cabbage (at least this is easy to find, hehe) and a big turnip, because I couldn't find daikon. It still turned out great though.

Jan 16, 2012
happyzhangbo in General Topics

Help me get over my fear of kimchee!

You are welcome and it's my pleasure. If I can find daikon, I use daikon; if not, I use radish. Radish can be found in every grocery store, but not daikon. Their textures are very similar, so either of them works well in this recipe.

Jan 16, 2012
happyzhangbo in General Topics

Help me get over my fear of kimchee!

If you have never tried kimchee or never smelled it, you may be shocked by its uniquely fermenting smell. My husband just can not stand that smell at all. But I love kimchee since I was a kid, and love every kind of kimchee, there are about 300 kinds of kimchee. I actually made a vegetarian version last year without fish sauce, and it turned out quite delicious. I always make Korean recipes to go with my kimchee, This is one of my favorites:

Korean Seasoned Vegetables and Noodles with Spicy Sauce (The recipe is from recipeland.com)

For the radishes:
1 1/2 pounds radishes slice into match-stick
2 tablespoons chili pepper flakes or as needed, Korean chili flakes*
3 cloves garlic or to taste, minced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves freshly and finely chopped
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
For the carrots:
2 each carrots slice into matchsticks*
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 cloves garlic or as needed, minced
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
For the english cucumber:
1 each english cucumber *
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
For the green zucchini:
1 each green zucchini *
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 1/8 teaspoons soy sauce
4 cloves garlic or to taste, minced
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
For the mushrooms:
8 each mushrooms, shitake or dried, soak in water for a coulpe of hours*
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 1/4 teaspoons soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
2 each scallions, spring or green onions thinly sliced
For the bok choy:
1 bunch bok choy ends trimmed off, rough leaves removed, and sliced*
1 teaspoon vegetable oil *
1 dash sesame oil *
1 teaspoon soy sauce *
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds toasted*
To serve:
1 x noodles cooked, as needed*
1 x chili sauce Korean chili sauce, 1 to 2 tablespoons per serving or as needed*
1 x egg fried, optional, top each plate or bowl with one fried egg*
* Nutrition Facts
Directions
To prepare the radishes:

Add them into a mixing bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and sugar.

Toss until well combined and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Some liquid will be extracted.

Rinse the radish under the cold water and drain well.

Return them into the bowl and mix well with the seasoning ingredients, and set aside.

To prepare the carrots:

Cook the carrots with a little bit olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, until tender-crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer into a small bow, and set aside.

To prepare the cucumber:

Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and slice each half very thin half moon shape.

Add them in a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of salt and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Rinse under the cold water, drain and squeeze out the excess water.

Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add cucumber, stirring constantly, stir in salt and sesame seeds,and cook for about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

To prepare the zucchini:

Cut the zucchini into 2-inch logs.

Slice the zucchini into 1/4-inch sticks.

Heat vegetable oil over medium heat.

Stir in zucchini and cook for 1 minutes.

Stir in the seasoning ingredients and cook until it gets soften, but the color is still green, another 1 to 2 minutes.

To prepare the mushrooms:

Thinly slice the mushrooms and cook in the vegetable oil with the seasoning ingredients until soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Set aside.

To prepare the bok choy:

Heat oil in the same hot skillet.

Add the garlic, ginger and scallions, cook for 30 seconds.

Stir in the bok choy and cook until the green parts are wilted and white parts are tender-crisp.

Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds, stirring until well mixed.

Place into a bowl and set aside.

To serve:

Place the cooked Korean noodles or soba noodles in the individual serving bowl.

Arrange vegetables on top of the rice.

Top with a fried egg if needed with sauce over each bowl.

Mix well and serve.

Note: There is no order to cook the vegetables, so you can start from whatever vegetable you want to cook with. (The recipe is from recipeland.com)

You can try this recipe, it looks long but it's worth the effort, and tastes delicious with kimchee. You can go to the site to check out more Korean recipes and to see how I make the kimchee too, there are step by step pictures. Hope this helps.

Jan 16, 2012
happyzhangbo in General Topics

What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Craving some vegetables. Will make some stir-fried broccoli with a peanut butter, ginger and garlic sauce... Hmmm, sounds good :)

Jan 11, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Anyone remember Amish Friendship Cake?

We have a recipe site, and have been seeing this Amish Friendship Cake and starter appearing a lot, so I think there must be some people who are still using this recipe. It sounds that this starter can really make some great cakes... I have to give it a try eventually.

Jan 11, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

Kam Yan Jen cured pork - Can someone translate Chinese for me?

Translation is very good, and this sounds delicious :)

Jan 11, 2012
happyzhangbo in Home Cooking

When you've eaten too much...

If you feel uncomfortably full, I think you should sit or lie down for a short time, then drink a cup of pu er tea or green tea to help you digest. Walking is always good, but if you don't feel comfortable, maybe walking right away isn't a good idea.

Jan 11, 2012
happyzhangbo in Not About Food

When you've eaten too much...

Totally agree!

Jan 11, 2012
happyzhangbo in Not About Food