I can't believe that Thanksgiving is one week away. A lot of food is going to be cooked, baked and shared with friends and families. This holiday reminds me of the Thai New Year when everyone goes back to their hometown to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. We also have a ton of food and fully loaded to celebrate. This shows that in every part of the world we share a common thing that is the love of food.
Even though there will be so many different kinds of food on the table, I always save some room for dessert. I am a big fan of the pies, tarts, and quiches. And one of my favorite things to looking forward at the end of the night of celebration is pumpkin pie.
I spent the majority of my awesome weekend testing pumpkin pie recipes. I was tasting this recipe no less than 3 times to make sure it comes out right because this is my second time making pumpkin pie. This pumpkin pie recipe is bursting with flavor. It’s rich, nutty, a little sour from apple cider, and delicious with a homemade pie crust with the salted caramel and pecans on the bottom. This pie will make everyone at your party say "WOW".
This pie was a little challenging to me because when it comes to pumpkin pie, the standards are high. With this recipe I try to create two-layers with salted apple cider caramel + pecans on the bottom and a pumpkin filling on the top. Lucky me I tested only twice and the result came perfect. This filling is super rich tasting like a custard with a light pumpkin spice flavor, and surprise from the pecans and salted apple cider caramel on the bottom.
The pie crust is the key to the great pumpkin pie! My homemade pie crust uses champagne vinegar which contains less water to create a tenderness while the flakiness still remains, plus the crust is still crunchy even having been baked with the pumpkin filling. You can get ready for ae homemade pumpkin pie that is unique right from your oven. This technique is from Rose Levy Beranbaum; she uses apple cider vinegar. I picked the Champagne vinegar because I love a super crunchy, dense and flaky pie, it contains less water than apple cider vinegar.
This post was done in partnership with Whole Foods Market Chicago, who sponsored me with the ingredients and helped to make this post happen.
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Happy Sunday My Friends!
I had an amazing weekend celebrating with a birthday brunch for Ariel whom I have known for so many years. It was a nice little brunch nothing like a big crazy night because we are getting too old, lol. Happy Birthday, Ariel!!!!
How about you my friends? Any big plans for this weekend?
I have had a serious craving for sushi lately. I have been thinking about it every day, but my schedule got so wrapped up into food tastings around the city, and I haven’t had a chance to go yet. So last Sunday, my friend and I went to a Japanese grocery store, Mitsuwa, to get the craving out of my mind. Not only is this place a great place to get fresh sushi, but they also have a little Ramen shop, Santouka, in the food corner area. It is authentic style Ramen that is famous in Japan, and they have opened it in here. I would say this is one of the best Ramen shops in Illinois. I have been eating Ramen from so many different places, and none of them have taken this 1st place away yet.
Mitsuwa is one of my top places that I trust to purchase fresh fish. I got some yellowfin tuna, ground tuna and a piece of salmon. My sushi idea had then quickly changed to making a Hawaiian Poke Bowl instead.
The Poke Bowl is a traditional Hawaiian seafood dish which is heavily influenced by the Japanese. This Poke Bowl is made from bite-size pieces of raw fish such as ahi tuna, yellowfin tuna, salmon or octopus, marinated with soy sauce, green onions, inamona (roasted crushed kukui/candlenut), Maui onions and sesame oil. Some add a mix of dried fish, sesame seeds, fish eggs, and dried seaweed in with the marinade or some add it on top.
The Poke Bowl trend is the new trend in Chicago this year. While everyone else is getting their Poke Bowl out, I am building my own Poke Bowl. It is super easy to make your own bowl; just whisk together the marinade sauce and assemble with your favorite pickles and fresh vegetable. The main ingredients you need are soy sauce, rice vinegar, and Mirin which are usually all in the main Asian pantry.
For this recipe I will let you know which ingredients you can leave out, in case you can't find it at your local grocer.
- Please be sure to ask the vendors”Is that safe to eat raw?”.
- Many grocery stores sell seaweed salad. If you can't find it, you can leave it out.
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In honor of The Chicago CUBS Winning The 2016 World Series
This week is a big week and one of the biggest parts of history in Chicago! The Cubs end the curse by winning the 2016 World Series. The winning of the first Fall Classic in 108 years, defeating the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings: 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Chicagoans honored the champion Cubs with a parade on Nov 4, 2016. I have never seen so many Cubbies fans in my life! I am so lucky to be here and to witness a part of this big history. I am honored to make this post an extra special one here on my blog this Sunday with this: The Chicago Cubs' World Series Championship Cookies Collection. These are for the CUBS and all the CUBS fans out there! Go Cubs!
This butter cookie recipe satisfies your sweet tooth with the addition of this easy Royal Icing made with Meringue Powder. These adorable decorated cookies are buttery with a fine texture and with a little crunchy from the royal icing when you take each bite. This is perfect to make and share with your friends or someone you care about. You may also choose to decorate as desired.
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Hi, I am Natty! And Thank you for stopping by!! I am a foodie girl who has a passion for cooking, exercise and photography. There are so many favorite recipes from my family and friends I have tried throughout my journey that balances out and makes a healthy meal. I would like to take you on a journey to a different pantry around the world to share my favorite stories and recipes. My hope is that they inspire and benefit you.
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