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Key Lime Pie for Pi(e) Day!

Key Lime Pie

Happy Pi(e) Day!!!

Math has always been my favorite subject (I’m the kind of nerd who gets excited when I have an excuse to do math), and I adore pie. So it’s no surprise that Pi(e) Day is my absolute favorite random holiday of the year!

This key lime pie is easy to make, delicious, and also totally color-appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day this week.

And even if you think these food holidays are ridiculous… when is it ever not a good day for pie? :D

Key Lime Pie

Recipe from The Daring Gourmet.


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon key lime zest
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. To make the crust, place the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Press mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and bake for 7 minutes. Let the crust cool completely before adding the pie filling.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. In a large non-metal bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and zest, and the sour cream. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust and bake for about 10 minutes. Make sure to not brown it.
  6. Let the pie cool completely, then transfer it to the fridge to chill for at least two hours before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: Dani}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

this meal would make me very happy {Cooking on a Budget}

ooey gooey wonderfulness {The Golden Cookbook}

this drink sounds so refreshing {Cooks with Cocktails}

i need to make this salmon {Olive Dip}

the fudge version of key lime pie! {What Charlotte Baked}

craving doughnuts {Cosmopolitan Cornbread}

the most amazing chocolate cake {Vanilla and Bean}

take me back to japan {Otaku Food}

this is my dream hash {A Skinny Rich Girl}

such beautiful berry pies {Lara Ngai}

i want to put this peanut dressing on all the things {As Easy As Apple Pie}

bacon chicharon. WHAT. {Dude For Food}

the chicken sandwich to beat all other chicken sandwiches {Kitchen Sanctuary}

this chocolate cake is what dreams are made of {Cooking with Vinyl}

son is always asking me to make jambalaya {Delicious Meets Healthy}

brunch, my place, these sweet potato pulled pork waffles. let’s make it happen. {Southern Fatty}

i love the idea of this fudge {Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt}

do want these pancakes {Cooking and Beer}

the heat wave we’re having in LA right now make these mini peach pies sound perfect this week {Unkhanny}

i’m a fish taco kind of girl {Cooking Glory}

all the potato things {All That’s Jas}

dude. honeycomb cake? so much yes. {Runway Chef}

these cookies sound so tasty {The Spiced Life}

i’m kind of obsessed with these arancini {Kitchen Sanctuary}

the prettiest danishes {Cooking and Beer}

this octopus looks like a string of rubies {Spanish Food Blog}

i would have been WAY more into the turkey burgers my mom used to make for dinner, if they looked like these {Cooking and Beer}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!

Miso-Roasted Potatoes and Mushrooms

miso-roasted potatoes and mushrooms

“We’re making pot roast and artichokes tonight if you wanna come over.”

I had planned on stopping by my dad’s house that evening anyways to check in on him, so when my sister texted me, my answer was an obvious yes.

“Shall I bring anything?”

“If there’s a vegan side dish you want to bring, that would be cool cause I think Vivian [our brother's girlfriend] is gonna be there and she’s vegan.”

I’m always up for a food challenge, so I dug through my bookmarked recipes, looking for something tasty. It needed to be something easy, too, as I only had a few hours to run to the store and cook something before I was supposed to be at my dad’s.

This Miso-Roasted Potatoes and Mushrooms recipe from A Thought For Food fit the bill perfectly. Vegan, easy to make, sounded tasty, and (hopefully) filling enough to act as a main for Vivian.

Within a few hours, my kitchen smelled delicious.

We may have snuck more than a few bites before we left for dinner.

miso-roasted potatoes and mushrooms

Dinner was a rousing success! Everyone loved the miso potatoes and mushrooms. The pot roast, brussels sprouts, and artichokes my sister and her girlfriend made were delicious.

I’ve already invited myself over to do it again next Sunday. :D

family dinner

Recipe slightly adapted from A Thought For Food.


  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes
  • 1 lb white mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsps minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp white miso
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp chopped parsley (optional)
  • 4 stalks green onions, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the miso, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Add the potatoes and mushrooms to the bowl, and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer potatoes and mushrooms to the lined baking sheet. Place in oven and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork, stirring halfway through.
  4. Transfer roasted potatoes and mushrooms to a serving bowl. Sprinkle fresh parsley, green onions, and sesame seeds on top.

Weekly Wanderings

The last couple of weeks have been more hectic than usual, what with dealing with taxes (bleh), and more client work than usual. Hence the lack of a Weekly Wanderings post last week, and a several-days-late post this week. On the bright side, I got a new desk chair! I’m all about celebrating the little victories. :D


I had to take care of something at my dad’s in the middle of the week, which was the perfect excuse to steal an old-school ice cream sandwich from his freezer. I never have these at home, but they’re like a taste of my childhood summers. Neapolitan for the win!

ice cream sandwich


Last weekend, we had to head inland to visit Son’s dad. For some reason, traffic was waaaay worse than normal, so we ended up taking a detour that cut through Chino Hills state park. Driving through the hills felt like we were on vacation. We even pulled over to the side of the road for a little bit to take in the scenery, while Son took a cool little video of the moon.


We got some much-needed rain that evening – as the sun was setting, you could see the storm clouds moving in.

storm clouds and sunsets

We went for Korean food, as we tend to do when we visit Son’s family. Tofu soup is especially perfect on cold, rainy evenings.

Korean food

Son opted for a spicy seafood hot pot that he had seen other people ordering in the past. He quite enjoyed it.

spicy seafood sautee

And we found the ittiest, bittiest, cutest little crab in Son’s dinner!

itsy bitsy crab

After dinner, we ventured through the rain to a dessert restaurant called Wähfle. I got the “Salted Ganache” Wähfle, with chocolate ganache, bacon, candied walnuts, and vanilla ice cream. Just as decadent and delicious as it sounds.

Son got the “‘Murica” which had berries and sweetened condensed milk, while his dad got the creme brulee Wähfle. All were delicious.

waffle with chocolate ganache and bacon

And then, on our way home, we stopped by the grocery store. And found a couple of ducks in the parking lot! Son herded them off to the side of the parking lot so nobody would run over them. As we left, the employees of the grocery store were tossing the ducks pieces of bread. Hopefully the ducks got home alright!



Lest you be fooled by all the beautiful, delicious, magazine-quality food I post (*snort*), let me assure you that most of my meals consist of roasted veggies, rice, and frozen meatballs. And just in case you might think I’m the most amazing cook… you should probably know that I managed to burn all the green beans, asparagus, and mushrooms I made earlier this week. I’m super talented like that.

a typical dinner


Though I used to be a Girl Scout, I don’t really buy Girl Scout cookies much anymore. But I also can’t let a year go by without at least one cookie… and luckily for me, my mother knows me well. I had started craving Tagalongs, and when I stopped by to visit my mom earlier in the week, what do you know – she just happened to have a few Tagalongs set aside just for me!

My mom’s awesome like that.



So… my younger brother is pursuing an acting and modeling career. Which is awesome. I’m totally jealous.

And his girlfriend (who’s also an actor/model), had the idea that Patrick should start taking ballet classes, to help with his career. Since I used to dance quite seriously, he asked me if I knew any beginner adult ballet classes he could take… and then asked if I would join him. I enthusiastically agreed, of course, as it has been waaaay too long since I’ve been in the studio, and I miss it dearly. Plus, I’m never in better shape than I am when I’m taking ballet classes.

Wednesday was our first class.

back to ballet

… I may have overdone it just a bit.

I couldn’t walk the next day… or the day after that. Or the day after that. And even now, nearly a week later, my calves are still rather tight.


Worth it, though! Back to do it all over again on Wednesday! :D


Of course, the day after the ballet class, my sister invited me to go to the farmer’s market with her.

Remember the part about how I couldn’t walk? Yeah…

Well, she and her girlfriend felt bad for me, so they stopped by with flowers and kettle corn afterward! So sweet. Made my day. ^_^

flowers and kettle corn


Our new favorite sweet snack: toast with sweetened condensed milk. SO. GOOD.

My brother’s girlfriend, who is also Vietnamese, suggested soaking French bread with Vietnamese coffee, then dipping that in sweetened condensed milk. Guess what I’m trying next? :D

toast with sweetened condensed milk


Reading: I just finished Servants of the Storm, which I bought a couple of weeks ago when Amazon had it as a Daily Kindle Deal. It’s pretty good, not as spooky as I’d worried it would be, but still a good, suspenseful book.

Now I’m reading Libriomancer, which is a fun book. Kind of reminds me of a mix between the Dresden books and Percy Jackson. A nice, light read (would be a good beach read), and it also happens to be on sale for Kindle right now.


And lastly, in case you’re worried my life was getting a little too boring, we spent our Friday night chasing a cricket out of our apartment. How it got in (and all the way to the back room!) we’ll never know, but it was a slow, jumpy chase to the front door that involved the tossing of decorative plates, see-through tupperware, and reflective poster paper. Thankfully, both for the cricket and for the sake of our sanity, we finally got the poor thing outside! Sweet, sweet silence.


Links I’ve loved lately:

This is a powerful piece.

Uptown Funk is my jam these days, but this version is by far my favorite.

Who knew vegan ice cream could sound this delicious?!

I need this pork belly in my life.

Also, this Sriracha duck.

And I always love a good bacon waffle.

This strikes a chord. Even though I don’t have kids, work from home, and could be considered to be somewhat experienced in the kitchen, even I have trouble getting a good meal on the table most days! Sometimes, pre-packaged frozen foods (see: meatballs, above) are just easier, and tastier, and feel like a more reasonable option.


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Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: Adam Garratt}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

japanese chicken wings are the best {La Fuji Mama}

healthy fried rice? i’ll take it! {No Spoon Necessary}

thai food has been my jam lately {The Endless Meal}

chocolate peanut butter all the things {Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt}

dangerous {SugarHero!}

these colors make me crave summer. and that recipe sounds amazing. {The Endless Meal}

i’m a potato girl, all the way {The Veg Life!}

mango lemonade. bring on summer! {Cooking Glory}

this shrimp dish sounds sooo good {Olive Dip}

green curry all the things {Feed Me Dearly}

the prettiest cookies {As Easy As Apple Pie}

i love brussels sprouts. i love honey-mustard anything. so obviously, i’d love this {Turnips2Tangerines}

i want this coffee cake in my life {No Spoon Necessary}

i prefer this kind of KFC {The British Menu}

adorable {Cooking and Beer}

this is a must {Cooking and Beer}

yum. {Shweta in the Kitchen}

my favorite banchan at korean restaurants {MM’s Kitchen Bites}

in high school i was obsessed with the violet crumble candy, so i really want to try this {Jane’s Adventures in Dinner}

spaghetti and meatball love. {Cooking and Beer}

i want these waffles in my life {FitCakes}

the prettiest chocolate raspberry tarts {As Easy As Apple Pie}

son is always asking me to make flan {Olivia’s Cuisine}

i would like a slice of this bread for breakfast {Cooking with Vinyl}

these waffles. so much yes. {No Spoon Necessary}

spice photos are so cool {The Fresh Kitchen}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!