Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tori Jaga

Dinner on January 28.
Tori Jaga! which is cooked chicken, potatoes and some veggies. The original one is called Niku Jaga and has beef instead of chicken.  

Cheese IN Burger

Dinner on January 27.
I thought about this cheese in burger all day! Doesn't it sound awesome? Cheese is melting inside of hamburger. I used shredded cheese. It might be easier to use cube one.
Buns? I am Rice girl. :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pan Grilled Salmon

Dinner on January 26.
Romain Lettuce Salad

Onion Soup

Cheese Mashpotatoes

Salmon and Veggies

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Japanese Curry

Dinner on January 24.
I was very hungry for Japanese Curry. I am always hungry for something though. Anyway, Japanese curry is very different from Indian and Thai. It's just like creamy stew. Easy to make, because usually we use roux you can buy at store. I made some extra which means I can eat more tomorrow!
Pork curry

Chicken Pot-au-feu

Dinner on January 23.
Wiki says Pot-au-feu is french beef stew. If I use chicken in stead of beef, it's not Pot-au-feu anymore?

Kaki Furai!

Lunch at Kiku on January 23.
I realized how much I had missed Japanese food! (something I can't make at home). Kaki Furai (breaded deep-fried Oyster)!!!!! So delicious. I should come back for the oyster once in a month at least. I want to have it once in a week,  but you know .... my paycheck doesn't allow me. Anyway I enjoyed the meal a lot. I am looking for to visit Kiku next month!
Kaki Furai

An-kimo (monkfish liver) - I know it sounds gross. If you like pâté, you might enjoy it.

Tako sansai (Octopus salad)

Chickpea Chilli

Dinner on January 22.
To be honest, I haven't made chilli beans before. I didn't add chilli at all but it looks like it. So I say I made chickpea chilli. whatever...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stuffed Nappa Cabbage and Shrimp Bao

Dinner on January 21.
I like this meal, cooked nappa cabbage and ground pork. Just put them in layer. I don't need add water. Nappa cabbage makes tons of juice. Today, I had Shimp Bao (from Trader Joe) on the side. hmmmm, I won't buy it again.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Akauo Nitsuke

Dinner on January 20.
Very Japanese! I was hungry for Kimpira which is stir-fried burdock. It's one of traditional Japanese meal. I think it's first time to buy burdock in U.S. and I just realized how much I liked it. I will buy it again when I went to Asian grocery story next time.
Akauo Nitsuke (cooked ocean perch), Steamed Bok Choy, Kimpira (Stir-fried Burdock)

Monday, January 20, 2014

T-bone steak and Kale salad

Dinner on January 19.
When did I have beef last time?? So I decided to have steak for dinner. I got grass-fed beef. What a good timing! It was tender. I enjoyed it a lot. I had grilled parsnip and kale salad for side. Parsnip! I had not had it before. I liked it. I might prefer parsnip to french- fry for side. J made Kale Salad. It was awesome. I usually cook kale and do not have it as salad. He added fig and cheese and it worked very good.
Today's wine - I like zinfandel, but not this one. I won't buy this again.

Appetizer : Cerely and carrot with hummus dip

T-bone steak, parsnips and kale salad

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Dinner at Franktuary on January 17.
It's restaurant week. Franktuary joined the restaurant week, but I just ordered food from regular menu. $20 for Hotdogs? I don't think so. Even they would serve a lot. Actually it cost us less than $30 for 2 people. ( I didn't drink though). If I go back there?? I am not sure. Hotdogs were good but I don't know how often I get hungry for hotdogs.
Seasonal Soup - I forgot what it was, but it's really good. I can come back for the soup!

Standard Sausage with Grass-fed Beef Chili, Onion and Relish


Friday, January 17, 2014

Grilled Chicken, Pork & bacon meatball and Stir-fry Chicken

Dinner on January 14 - 16.
hmmm, I don't update my blog frequently these days. So here are dinner for 3 nights.
Grilled Chicken - I love chicken thigh. Jucy and flavorful.

Pork and bacon meatball - I found some bacon in the fridge and added it to ground pork. It worked good.

Sti-fry Chicken

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Uochiri (Fish Hot-pot)

Dinner on January 12.
I bought fish head and bone. It must be good for Nabe (Japanese hot pot)!
Tada-. I had tofu, enoki mushroom and vaggies!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Coca Cafe

Dinner at Coca Café on December 11.
I have been to Coca Café for Brunch. It was good but it's very busy. This time I tried for dinner. As They don't have liquor license, I brought wine (I forgot the corkage fee). Anyway I enjoyed the meal a lot. The portion was just right size. I don't like huge meal. Fortunately it was not busy at all. I guess it was too early to get busy? Def. I'll  be back for dinner.
Cheese Plate - I loved them all. Esp. Redcat and goldenboy were great.

Scorn with orange flavored butter(?)

Pan seared Scallops
Iron steak

Red Snapper


Coca Café

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Dinner on January 11.
I was going to eat out but I changed my mind and made something simple.
Pierogi, Smoked Salmon, Cocktail Shrimp, Cheese & Crackers

Friday, January 10, 2014

Matsutake Gohan!!!

Lunch on January 9.
I invited my friend and enjoyed Matsutake mushrom rice. Matsutake is very popular in Japan (aka expensive mushroom). My mother sent sent me the matsutake rice kit. yummy!


Dashimaki (omlette)

Cerely Kimpira (stir-fry)

Dinner on Monday and Wednesday

Dinner on January 6.
Spanish Mackerel and some leftovers from new years.

Dinner on January 8.
Salmon Cream Stew.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Oven Baked Omelette

Dinner on January 5.
More Mash potatoes? It's not the leftover. Today I finished leftover green peas. I pot them in omelette. It worked.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Dinner on 2.
The regular life is back. But still there are leftovers from New Years meal. I made hamburger and added some mashed potatoes. Yay, the potatoes are all gone. :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year Day

Happy New Year 2014!
This is the third New Year Day since I moved to Pittsburgh. At last, I made Japanese traditional New Years Meal, Osechi. Each dish means good luck. Hope we all have a good year!

Onishime (cooked vegetables) ; carrot and burdock root are root vegetables. Stand firm just like root vegetables spread their roots. ; Lotus roots have holes. See through good future.

Kobumaki (Stuffed Kelp)

Tazukuri (caramelized fish and walnuts)
Namasu (pickled radish and carrot)

Zouni (Northeast area style)
Zouni (Kansai area style)
This is the year of horse in Chinese astrology. Do you find the horse candies?