Here’s something a little different. Personally, I love to cook at home – unlike our happy-hour queen, Amy Tsang – because I believe it’s fun and the food just tastes so much better! Now, everyone loves Mac n’ Cheese, but the Mac n’ Cheese from a box thing can get pretty old…UNLESS, you learn how to vamp things up a bit like I did through this video!

Alton Brown is a famous Food Network TV chef who explores the origins of ingredients, decodes culinary customs and presents food and equipement trends. You don’t need to worry about loving to cook but not having all the fancy ingredients, because his recipes all have very general ingredients! In this video, he includes simple preparation and unconventional discussions to bring you food in its finest and funniest form!

Alton’s quick and easy stove top Mac n’ Cheese makes about 6 to 8 servings, and is so easy to make that little kids can do it themselves! To make it easier for you, I listed the ingredients and instructions below just in case the video was going too fast. But hey, you can always rewind and rewind some more until you make the perfect yummy-tasting Mac n’ Cheese!

Ingredients:
– 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
– 4 tablespoon butter
– 2 eggs
– 6 ounces evaporated milk
– 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt
– fresh black pepper
– 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
– 10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

Directions:
1. In a large pot of boiling water, add salt and cook the elbow macaroni then drain it.
2. Melt in the butter and toss to make it well coated
3. Whisk together the egg, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard.
4. Stir into the cooked macaroni and add the cheese.
5. Stir for about 3 more minutes on low heat, or until it looks creamy.
6. Serve and chow down!

Posted By: Virginia To, Blog Admin/Designer

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Have you been eating out just a bit too much lately? I bet those fast food calories have been slowly adding up in your system. Give yourself a break today, and go green! Let me welcome you to a nice and simple grilled chicken salad. This salad that you see above looks delicious, doesn’t it? It’s actually quite easy to make. Plus, it’s healthy and most importantly, BUDGET FRIENDLY!!

First of all, of course, you would need some lettuce. I chose red leaf lettuce because it was healthier than pure green ones.

Second, you would need some chicken breast. You can get pure chicken breast literally at any nearby grocery store.

Third, is a salad dressing of your choice.

There are actually many different ways to make this chicken salad:

1. Boil, then grill.

  • Boil the chicken breast first in a pot of hot water along with some salt, pepper, chopped garlic cloves, and chicken bouillon for about 30 minutes. This will also leave you with a nice and tasty chicken soup! You can save the soup for later use, or just drink it right away if you need a hot pick-me-up.
  • The next step is to season the chicken breast with some salt and pepper, then grill it on a pan with some vegetable oil for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Remember not to grill it for too long, because your chicken breast is already cooked! You just wanted to add some color and grilled flavor.
  • When you are done, simply cut the chicken into strips and toss it over your washed and cut lettuce.
  • Last step is the easiest. Just drip on some of your favorite salad dressing, and enjoy.

In the picture above, I used Ken’s Steakhouse Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette.

2. Just grill.

  • Season your thawed chicken with salt and pepper, or whatever seasonings you prefer.
  • Grill it on a pan with vegetable oil for about 15 minutes on each side on low heat. Just make sure you don’t burn your chicken!

There are also many other ways to make grilled chicken, but these are our favorites. For all you Foreman Grillers out there, here’s a great opportunity to bust that baby out! Whichever way you choose, we know your wallet (and arteries) will be thanking you.

Happy weekend to all, enjoy!

Posted by: Virginia To, Blog Admin/Designer

Simple and Fast Cooking!

February 3, 2012

Tired of Restaurant food and Fast food?  Yeah, I am.

So today I actually visited my friend, Dorcas, at her apartment and she treated me to free lunch at her home! (how nice of her :] ) The lunch was simply dumpling soup and curry, but you can’t imagine how full I got after eating these!

Below is a picture of the dumpling soup cooking process. Very few materials are needed, so it should be really simply to cook. Plus, she had already made curry by herself yesterday, and there was just enough left over for us to share today. Hooray for leftovers and free food!

Spend quality time with your friends, loved ones, or family by cooking and enjoying the food with them! Trust me, it is a totally different feeling when you prepare food in your own kitchen as opposed to buying it. No matter how fancy the meal is, you will have a great time with your friends.

Don’t know how to cook dumplings? Don’t worry, here’s the quick steps:

1. Pour water & chicken soup (can soup) in 1:1 portion in a pot, and boil it

2. Cut 2 green onions & 1-2 tomatoes into cubes (shown in the picture)

3. When the soup boiled, add the frozen dumplings in the pot

4. After around 2 minutes, add an egg & the onions & tomato cubes in the pot

5. Stir the dumplings once a while preventing them sticking together

6. When all the dumplings flow on the soup, then they’re done.

Posted by: Crystal, Editor 

Feelin’ Fancy Today?

February 1, 2012

How many of you college peeps like Italian food? Say, spaghetti? I know I do! College students usually don’t cook at home because they’re either too lazy or don’t know how. No worries! Spaghetti to the rescue! Spaghetti is actually SUPER easy to make and doesn’t take long at all. Another bonus to this fancy meal is that you can make it with your friends on a study-date night with them.

Each person can take on a task. One can simply boil the spaghetti noodles and drain them. One can go buy meatballs and microwave them. And one can prepare the sauce by boiling up some Prego tomato sauce. Yes, yes, it is as easy as that! When all three are done, all you do is put them together, like a puzzle! And for those cheese lovers, sprinkle in some shredded cheese in the sauce to melt and then serve with your pasta.

Wala! There you go, with your complete meal to enjoy with some friends. Add in some fancy glass cups of soda or juice and you are set for the night. This ain’t no food channel okay!? We gotta work with what we got!

If you are still  feeling lazy or fear that you’ll burn down the kitchen, it’s okay. There is still a solution to some delicious Spaghetti for dinner. Have you heard of Campbell’s Spaghetti-O’s? I’m sure you can’t go wrong with this. All you do is cut open the lid, dump it into a bowl and microwave it. Or you can dump it in a small pot and heat it up over the stove-top. Delicious, yummy, AND can save you tons of money!

Posted by: Virginia To, Admin/Designer

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