Asian Marinated Baked Chicken Recipe

This was a really fast & easy recipe to follow. I only marinated the chicken for 30 minutes (while I prepped the broccoli & mushroom) & it turned out very tasty.

Asian Marinated Baked Chicken Recipe adapted from

Chicken Ingredients:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger (I omitted this)
6 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds chicken thighs (removed skin & fat)

Veggie Ingredients:
10oz white mushrooms
1 lb broccoli crowns
1 package Beech mushrooms
2 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
5 cloves finely chopped garlic

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place everything except the chicken in a zip-lock bag & combine.
Remove the skin & fat from the chicken. Wash & pat dry with paper towel.

Throw the chicken into the zip-lock bag & lay flat. Flip the bag around after 15 minutes to ensure the other side gets marinated as well.
While you are waiting, wash & cut the broccoli & mushrooms. Put into a foil pan. Drizzle with olive oil & mix thoroughly. Sprinkle with sea salt & black pepper. Then, drizzle balsamic vinegar over everything. Sprinkle chopped garlic on top. Put into oven & bake for 25 minutes.
After 30 minutes of marinating the chicken, pour all the contents into a pan. Ensure the chicken is in one layer.
Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, then flip them over & bake for another 20 minutes until the internal temperature reached 165 degrees F.
Pour the chicken sauce into a bowl. Use a spoon to skim off all the oils & fat. Serve chicken with broccoli & mushrooms with the sauce on the side.

Tender Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

I’ve never made spare ribs before, so this is totally an experiment for me (just like everything else I attempt to cook)! I bought the spare ribs & then decided to search for a recipe that included ingredients I already had on hand. This is how I cook. I don’t like to go out to buy more ingredients. I adjust the recipe to what I already have. If I don’t have it, I either omit it or substitute it with something else. Maybe this is the reason why my food never turns out looking like the pictures. :-/

Well, let’s see how these spare ribs turn out.

Tender Pork Spare Ribs – adapted from All Recipes
1 rack pork spare ribs, fat trimmed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoons paprika
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

The original recipe called for fajita seasoning. I had taco seasoning on hand, but then took a look at the ingredients. It was filled with tons of crap that I would not want to serve my family, so I omitted it. All those strange chemicals really scare me especially when you are putting it into your body. I’m trying to be proactive about what I eat & how to cook healthier for my family. It takes more vigilance but it’s definitely not impossible. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. I really don’t want to be a preservative or monosodium glutamate (aka MSG).
Wash your spare ribs & pat dry with paper towels. Trim off excess fat.
Mix all all your seasoning ingredients in a bowl. Then, rub the mixture on both sides of the ribs evenly. Place into a foil pan & Cover with foil. Leave in the fridge 24 hours to marinate the meat.
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F. Cover the ribs with foil. Bake for 3 ½ to 4 hours until the meat is tender.
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Carefully take the pan out & pour the drippings into a saucepan. Set the ribs to the side. Cook the drippings over high heat until the sauce thickens 5-10 minutes. Brush the thicken sauce over one side of the ribs.
spare rib sauce
Preheat oven to the broiler setting & set the oven rack to approximately 6 inches from the heat source. Place the ribs back into the over & broil for 4 minutes until the sauce is lightly caramelized.
Brush Sauce
Take the ribs out of the oven & flip it over. Brush the sauce over the other side & broil for another 4 minutes. If you have remaining sauce, brush it on top of the ribs & you are ready to serve.

Cut RIb
Let the ribs rest a few minutes before cutting them.

Roasted Zucchini

2 large zucchini
Olive Oil

Wash & chop the zucchini in half. Then slice them on the long side. Place them in a large bowl & add olive oil & season with salt, pepper & paprika. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer & bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
Serve Rib
Roasted Garlic Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes
5 cloves of garlic, minces
Olive Oil

Wash & peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into little cubes. Place them in a large bowl & add minced garlic, olive oil & season with salt & pepper. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer & bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

Very Quick BBQ Sauceadapted from

2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Lemon Dill London Broil Recipe

Lemon Dill London Broil Recipeadapted from Big Oven


1 1/2 pounds Flank steak or London Broil
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Dry Red wine
1/4 cup Soy sauce
3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon fresh Dill
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Score meat in a diamond pattern.
Mix the above ingredients in a large bowl & put your meat in it to marinate. Marinate meat 6-24 hours.
Oil your grill & turn up to a high heat. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side (depending on how thick your steak is). Use a meat thermometer to gauge the doneness of the meat. Mine was grilled to medium rare, which was perfect.
If you are grilling at home, make sure to open your windows. Mine were stuck so the fire alarm went off. Then, the alarm company called the house, then a few minutes later, they came to the house to ensure I didn’t burn it down. Yeah, it just got serious up in here. LOL!
Add a side of Dill Roasted Sweet Potato for a complete meal.


Mango Shrimp Summer Roll Recipe

Mango Shrimp Summer Rollsadapted from Steamy Kitchen


1 tsp fish sauce (substitute with soy sauce)
1 tsp freshly grated lemongrass
freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp sugar
36 small sized shrimp, shelled and de-veined
2 bundles of Rice/Mung Bean Vermicelli
15 round rice papers (8″ diameter)
1 cup julienned carrots
1 cup julienned cucumber
4 oz bean sprouts
2 mango, sliced into thin slivers
1 small bunch of Thai Basil Leaves (optional)
1 bag (7oz) of Enoki Mushroom (optional)


Grate lemongrass. Boil water & quickly drop the bean sprouts into the water. Take it out after 30 seconds. This is to ensure any bacteria/gems are killed off. Rinse with cold water & let dry in a colander.
Peel & de-vein the shrimp. Mix the fish sauce, lemongrass, pepper & sugar in a bowl & add shrimp. Marinate for 10 minutes.
Grill the shrimp in a frying pan with 1 tablespoon coconut oil on high heat until cooked through, ~2 minutes. When the shrimp is cool enough to handle, use a knife, cut each shrimp down the middle of its back so that you have two identical halves of shrimp. This makes the shrimp thin enough to wrap evenly.

Place 2 bundles of vermicelli into boiling water. Stir & make sure it cooks for a few minutes until tender (~2-3 minutes). Strain the water & cool the vermicelli with cold water to stop it from cooking.

Cut the dirty ends of the Enoki mushrooms. Wash them under cold water, while separating the strands because they tend to stick together. I seasoned it with a little salt, pepper & olive oil & cooked it in a frying pan. It will release a lot of water. When the mushrooms are cooked down (no longer stiff), they are ready. Discard as much water content from them as much as possible.

Cut your carrots & cucumber into matchstick sized pieces. Take 10 basil leaves & chiffonade them into smaller pieces. Now all your ingredients are ready to assemble your summer rolls.

In a clean fying pan, boil a few cups of water. This will be used for the summer roll skins. Turn off the heat once it starts boiling. Find a large round dish to prepare you rolls. Have another large plate handy for your completed rolls. Take a summer roll wrapper & place into the hot water in the frying pan. It will soften into a pliable sheet. Carefully pull the sheet out & put onto your prep plate.

Here, you will start building your summer roll. Add the shrimp, then layer with the vermicelli, a few slices of the mango, then carrots, cucumber, mushroom, & basil. I rolled the bottom over the filling first, then folded the right & left sides in, then tightly rolled the bottom up to the top. Put the finished product on our finished plate.

Mango Puree – by Me
1 mango (remove skin & pit)
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Add more water if the puree is still too thick. This is easy to make & makes your food look so pretty (& tasty, too)!

Fish Dipping Sauce: Nuoc Cham – Recipe courtesy Corinne Trang, Authentic Vietnamese Cooking, Simon & Schuster, 1999
5 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup lime or lemon juice (~1 lemon)
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 or more bird’s eye or Thai chiles, seeded and minced
1 shallot, peeled, thinly sliced, and rinsed (optional)
Mix all ingredients together & let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. This sauce is so tasty with the summer rolls or even just over vermicelli or rice.