This is the Classic style ramen at Chabuya. Are you drooling yet? Housemade pork broth served with pork chashu, green onions, fried shallots, and seasoned beans sprouts. I added mushrooms and wakame seaweed. SO GOOD and under 10 bucks!
Chabuya Tokyo Noodle Bar
2002 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Have you ever wanted to make pizza at home but you weren’t sure how to start? Here’s a little inspiration to get you started! This recipe is extremely easy and you can customize the ingredients to incorporate your favorite pizza-toppings. Fresh & Easy market sells a great pre-made whole wheat dough that we always use. I think Trader Joe’s sells it too. It’s also makes for a great next-day lunch if you can stop yourself from eating the whole thing.
This recipe doesn’t include any measurements because you can really just use everything to taste.
The fastest way to gain 5 pounds is to go on a cruise. That is what I learned when Matt and I set sail on the Carnival Paradise this summer. All you can eat food, 24 hours a day, plus dessert with every meal. The culinary highlight of the trip was no doubt the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. I still dream about this dessert with its warm and gooey chocolate center. I actually had it 3 out of 4 nights. I strongly regret the one night I tried to be “good” and ordered the healthy dessert option on the menu because it was disgusting and I missed the soufflé.
If you still crave something sweet after dinner like I do almost every single night, here’s a quick and healthy twist on vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge that I can’t get enough of…
Combine a few scoops of Dreyer’s Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Ice Cream (it’s no sugar added!) with a Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Jello Pudding. The pudding transforms into an amazing fudge-like texture when mixed with the ice cream.
Top with some Penzeys Cinnamon. Delicious!
For my birthday, Matt and I drove up to a bed & breakfast called the Strawberry Creek Inn. We grabbed a Bloomspot.com deal for our getaway which took us to Idyllwild, CA – a mile high mountain town located near the city of Hemet. Fun fact: it’s also the home town of American Idol contestant Casey Abrams.
Upon arrival to the Inn we were greeted with the loud clucking of hens and little did we know that these gals would be providing tomorrow’s breakfast! I couldn’t help but snap a photo of this amazing egg dish that was served the next morning. The top was just a little bit crispy and each bite had the perfect amount of cheese and basil. If you’re looking to get out of LA to relax for the weekend, or even one night, I highly suggest taking the two hour trip out to Idyllwild for the Strawberry Creek Inn.
Whenever we make a stir fry at home, we wonder why the tofu is mushy (and not crispy) like it is at a restaurant. Then, one day while browsing my Google Reader I came across a broiled tofu bowl on Sassy Radish. This was in the pre-Instapaper days, so it remained bookmarked for a few months. A few weeks ago, I found another broiled tofu recipe on Peas and Thank You and decided it was time to give it a try…and my life changed. OK, that’s dramatic, but it was a mini-revelation. It seems so obvious now. I broil fish pretty much every week, so how did I not think of this before? Ever since trying this new method, I’ve made a few tofu-bowl variations that are extremely easy to throw together after work. This version is Matt’s favorite and it’s quickly becoming mine too. I present…the easy weeknight fiesta bowl.
Somehow I managed to grow up in LA not see the Venice Canals for 26 years. I had always meant to go but for some reason I never got around to it. We recently spent the afternoon there and I fell in love. The houses are incredible and the water makes everything so peaceful. Now I just have to make millions of dollars to afford a house there.
I love Instapaper. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks, and I already can’t imagine life without it. I would always bookmark recipes from my Google reader, newsletters and who knows where else only to have them get lost in the abyss that is the combined browsers of my work and home computers. A friend recently told me about Instapaper (thanks Sharon!) and it has helped get me out of a serious recipe rut. Now, all I have to do is click the little “Read Later” button on my toolbar and I have a whole bunch of recipes waiting for me in one neat little place. Magic!
I came across Mama Pea’s recipe for Blueberry “Cheese”cake muffins over at Peas and Thank You and immediately knew I wanted to try them. ”Read Later.” Check. I also knew that I was going to have to make a few changes. First off, I don’t eat blueberries. I actually love them but for some reason my body does not. Why not try raspberries instead?
Long day at work + Bachelorette finale means I am not in the mood to spend time making dinner. I don’t even really watch The Bachelorette, but it’s on, so why not?
In comes…breakfast for dinner! I whipped up this sandwich yesterday morning and I have been thinking about it ever since. The whole thing takes all of five minutes plus I happened to have the ingredients on hand. I hardly consider this a “recipe,” but hey, I didn’t think of it until this weekend so maybe you’ll enjoy it too.
* Sorry for not documenting the process very well here. I think you’ll still get the gist.