Momofuku Steamed Pork Buns

June 22, 2014
Momofuku Steamed Pork Buns

So, Father’s Day was last week. My original plan was to have one big family brunch with my parents and the in-laws, since Dan’s family was already in town for a family wedding, but then I found out there was already a big post-wedding brunch planned with the bride’s family, so…the great Rodgers-Hu Father’s Day Get Together of 2014 didn’t happen. We actually didn’t even get to see my parents at all last weekend, which was kind of a bummer, but we did get to spend rare quality time with Dan’s parents and brothers (always a good time) so on the whole it was a pretty great weekend. Still, I felt kinda bad about missing Father’s Day with my own dad, so we scheduled a belated celebration lunch for...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Watermelon Sangria

June 19, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Watermelon Sangria

Guys, it’s Thursday already. How did that happen? Where did the week go? Thank god I had the foresight to make a big pitcher of watermelon sangria on Tuesday because, as always, this week’s Thirsty Thursday really snuck up on me big time. Which is why this post is late…again. Some day I will be super organized and on top of things and do a Thirsty Thursday post early in the day…like, more than 3 hours before midnight. Some day I will be a responsible grown up. Speaking of responsible grown up things to do…Dan and I ran our first 10K last weekend! It was surprisingly not terrible. Despite having to wake up at 5am to run a bunch of miles with 2300 random strangers, we...

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Fig, Bacon, and Honey-Goat Cheese Crostini

June 17, 2014
Fig, Bacon, and Honey-Goat Cheese Crostini

Today’s recipe is inspired by my friend (and super talented food blogger) Sarah, who recently posted a recipe for goat cheese stuffed figs with pancetta. She served them at a dinner party a few weeks ago, and her guests gobbled them up in record time. In fact, the figs barely made it out of the kitchen, ‘cuz our friend Spike kept snatching them off her serving plate as she was moving it outside. With that kind of endorsement + Sarah’s drool-worthy photos, it was pretty much a guarantee that I was gonna have to try the recipe for myself. I did do a few things differently, however. First, I decided to turn the stuffed figs into crostini, because I was craving bread big time today. Then, instead of drizzling the honey...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

June 12, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

So…this is the third week in a row that the only blogging I’ve done is the Thirsty Thursday post. Sorry about that, guys…things have been busy, and I’ve been tired and under-motivated. I’ve got a bunch of awesome, non-drink posts in the queue though, I promise! For now, lets talk about today’s post. Today’s recipe is inspired by two posts I saw last week – the sparkling cherry lemonade from Damn Delicious, and the frozen blackberry basil lemonade  from The Kitchen McCabe. I was intrigued by the idea of a cherry-flavored lemonade, and the Kitchen McCabe’s frozen lemonade just looked so frosty and refreshing…so I combined them! First things first – (1) cherry lemonade is delicious, (2) frozen lemonade is the greatest idea ever, and (3) this frozen...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzers

June 5, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzers

Happy Thursday, everyone! Sorry this week’s Thirsty Thursday post is a little late…I am a lazy slacker, and sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to make drinks + take photos + write a witty post. But hey, there are 2 more hours left in the day, so it’s all good! Right? Right. Today’s post is inspired by a drink I saw on Buzzfeed the other day called the “Madeira Red,” which is made from pomegranate lemonade mixed with Sprite.  I was immediately intrigued, because I feel like you don’t often see drinks made with pomegranate. I’ve definitely never seen (or tasted) pomegranate lemonade. Unfortunately, there was no Sprite in the house. There was, however, half a bottle of club soda in the back of the fridge that still had some fizz to it. So…spritzers, it...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry-Pineapple Agua Frescas

May 29, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry-Pineapple Agua Frescas

Now that the days are getting a little warmer (but not today…wtf, 60 degrees + rain?), I’ve decided to start a new blog series called “Thirsty Thursdays”. Pretty self explanatory – I’m gonna post a drink recipe every Thursday, and give some link love to recipes from other bloggers that I love and/or want to try. This is partially because I’m super lazy lately and drink recipes are easiest to throw together on short notice, but also because I always make a lot of drinks in the summer anyway so a drink series just makes sense…ya know? You know. For my first Thirsty Thursday post, I present to you: strawberry-pineapple agua frescas. Do y’all know about agua frescas? They are amazingly delicious and so easy to make....

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Blackberry-Mint Limeade

May 25, 2014
Blackberry-Mint Limeade

A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I went to BJ’s and bought a giant sackful of limes. Fresh-squeezed, homemade margaritas are the best, you know? But when I got home with my citrus haul, I remembered that I was (still am…T-3 weeks!) supposed to be training for my first ever race and therefore not supposed to be boozing so much. So…bottomless margaritas did not happen. Instead, we had piles of totchos and bacon, which is obviously so much better for training purposes. The upshot of all this was that I tossed the bag of limes aside and forgot all about it until yesterday, when I walked by my fruit bowl and saw that it was full of shriveled, hardened balls that used to be big juicy limes. Ugh. Luckily when I...

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Easy Microwave Caramels

May 15, 2014
Easy Microwave Caramels

Raise your hands if (1) you have ever tried to make caramel from scratch, (2) horribly burned said caramel, (3) cried while scraping burnt caramel/sugar from your favorite pot, and (4) became so traumatized or disheartened by the experience that the mere thought of trying again makes you feel jumpy and nervous. No? Me neither…nevermind. Just kidding, that was totally me. I saw a recipe for caramel sauce a few years back and was all “psh, that looks super easy.” So I sauntered into my kitchen, dumped a bunch of sugar into a pot, turned on the stove, and waited for glory. At first, the sugar melted beautifully and turned into this gorgeous, thick amber liquid that made me feel pretty smug about my obvious natural affinity for cooking....

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Frozen Shangos

May 9, 2014
Frozen Shangos

Guys…what happened to spring? We had gorgeous 70 degree weather and sunny skies for about three seconds, then suddenly it was winter coat weather again, and now my iPhone weather app tells me that it’s going to be high 80s/low 90s for the next few days. It’s madness! Of course, I’m not really complaining about the warmer weather – it’s a welcome change from the seeming endless winter we’ve been having this year, and my poor balcony plants could use a few days of heat and sun. And, hotter days = more excuses for me to make blended beverages for dinner. Well, technically I’m still training for a 10K and trying to stay as healthy and booze-free as possible until June, so I can’t actually have blended cocktails for dinner…yet. But...

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Skinny “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

May 4, 2014
Skinny “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

Following yesterday’s dinner of tater tots and cheese, I woke up thinking I should probably whip up something a little healthier for today. Cuz, you know…I’m a responsible adult who is capable of making good life decisions. Mmhmm. So I rolled out of bed, headed straight for the kitchen, and made a batch of healthy broccoli & cheese mac (recipe forthcoming…maybe), and a ton of skinny spaghetti & meatballs – zucchini squash “noodles” served with tasty turkey meatballs packed with vegetables. Gluten free, high fiber, low calorie…and amazingly delicious. So, why zucchini noodles vs. real noodles? I could give you a ton of totally legit reasons – they’re healthy, they taste awesome, we need more vegetables in our life, I love zucchini, I’m trying to cut back on...

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