Burmese Grated Carrot Salad

My first experience with carrot salad?  The grated version that’s loaded with raisins and walnuts and drowning in a super-sweet dressing.  It was perfect for my tween palate, which hadn’t begun to appreciate most vegetables, but these days I’m looking for more depth and balance than that overly sweet, kid-friendly dish. In this Burmese carrot

Sweet Sticky Rice Cake

With the exception of a great Asian food recipe round-up from Kevin at Closet Kitchen and a couple recipes here and there from some of my favorite food bloggers, it seems like Chinese New Year passed without much fanfare from the food blog community.   I was too busy to really celebrate last weekend, which meant

Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I get invited to a potluck or dinner at a friend’s place, it pretty much goes without saying that I’m the one responsible for bringing dessert.  And more often than not, my dessert of choice is cookies.  They’re easily portable, I can prep the dough ahead of time, and they don’t require any fuss

Baked Salmon with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

I went to my favorite fish market a couple weekends ago, all set to follow through on my resolution of getting more Omega-3 fatty acids in my diet in 2013.  Unfortunately just about everybody else must have had the same idea because just about the only fish available for less than $20 per pound were

Potatoes, Bacon and Brie, Tartiflette Style

Tartiflette.  Sounds kinda fancy and maybe just a little bit uppity, right?   Like the kind of dish that requires special cookware or a whole afternoon to make?  Thankfully I was wrong on pretty much all counts. Absent from most of the French cookbooks I’ve been using over the past month or so, I spotted the

David’s Racines Cake

Dessert may just be the easiest part of eating out at restaurants.  There’s almost always a gluten-free ice cream or sorbet on the menu, occasionally crème brûlée, and, if I’m really lucky, a flourless chocolate cake. I’m not one to complain about desserts being too rich or too dense, but it was certainly a nice

Leek and Onion Tart

As much as I’d love to throw a big holiday party, it seems as though everybody’s evenings for December are always solidly booked with family obligations, work parties and other get-togethers. But I’ve been toying with the idea of having a casual open house holiday party this year, when folks can stop in throughout the

Coconut Friands- Mini Coconut Tea Cakes

Like Lindsay, I have a tendency to gravitate towards recipes that call for egg yolks.  For a long time I didn’t have any go-to recipes for egg whites (and I’m far too lazy to use Lindsay’s impressive labeling and freezing system), so the best case scenario for those leftovers was a half-hearted egg white scramble.

Fleur de Sel Caramel Ice Cream

Everybody has their own unique ranking for Halloween treats.  The boxes of raisins, small bags of pennies and the toothbrush courtesy of the neighborhood dentist were, not surprisingly, my least favorite items as a child.  I mean, do those even qualify as treats?  Or as tricks? What I wanted most, even more than the full-sized

Indian Coriander Shrimp and Zucchini

In all honesty, I thought I’d posted this recipe months ago, just after my favorite Indian cookbook author released her latest treasure, Quick Fix Indian, back in May.  But a quick search through the archives proved me wrong.  I guess this is a case of better late than never. Now if you’ve been reading along

Cucumber and Citrus Mocktail

I have a subscription to Food and Wine magazine, but only because I cashed in some airline miles that were in danger of expiring.  It’s not that I don’t like food magazines, but I have a major problem with getting rid of them and they just get lost in the stacks of travel magazines (again,

Boozy Mint Caipirinha Sorbet

My timing, I realize, could not be much worse on this post.  All around the blogosphere I’m reading that folks are ready to close the door on summer and embrace all things fall.  You know, things like pumpkins, tall leather boots, chunky sweaters, and hearty soups and stews. But you know what?  Let’s not jump

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

I was just going to fold the recipe for these meatballs into an upcoming post for bun (coming later this week!), but then I figured that they’re definitely special enough to merit their own post. I think I’ve made at least a couple hundred pork meatballs over the past couple weeks in search of the

Roasted Eggplant with Garlic and Mint

This roasted eggplant with garlic and mint reinforces two cooking truths that I’ve accepted over the past couple years.  The first, which I learned from Ina Garten, is that roasted vegetables are, almost without exception, far superior to vegetables cooking by any other method. The second, which I learned from Vietnamese cooks and cookbook authors

Goi Dua Chuot- Cucumber and Shrimp Salad

I just have one teeny tiny issue with Andrea Nguyen’s seriously wonderful Vietnamese cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen– I’d love to see more pictures!  Especially because she has so many unique recipes that I haven’t seen in other cookbooks or food blogs… and there’s nothing like an amazing picture of a prepared dish to inspire

Bun Cha- Rice Noodle Salad with Herbs and Pork Meatballs

When it came to Asian noodles, I used to find anything other than instant ramen intimidating.  After all, there were strange sauces, herbs I wasn’t familiar with, and noodles made from rice.  Rice!  And instructions for these rice noodles called for soaking them in hot water off of the heating element.  Say what? Then I

Bo Nuong Xa- Grilled Lemongrass Beef

My favorite beaches in Hawaii?  Waimea, Hanalei, and Lanikai are certainly near the top of the list, but I’ve got another favorite right here in urban Honolulu: Ala Moana Beach Park. I mean, what’s not to love?  It’s got a golden sand beach, calm water that’s ideal for swimming or stand-up paddle boarding, awesome off-shore

A Vietnamese Herb Primer and Visual Guide

Although you’ll still be able to make some great Vietnamese food even without access to a lot of special (read: hard to find) herbs, I wanted to include a quick primer for those of you with access to a good Vietnamese or Asian market in case you’d like to do some experimenting.  In the photos

Thit Heo Kho- Vietnamese Pork in Caramel Sauce

More than a couple friends and former roommates have marveled at my ability, or perhaps willingness is a better word, to eat the same thing over and over again.  The people who don’t like leftovers?  Don’t understand them.  At all. I’d probably be happy to eat the same things over and over again for the

Che Chuoi- Coconut Soup with Banana and Tapioca Pearls

This isn’t your grandmother’s tapioca pudding…. unless of course you have a Vietnamese grandmother.  In fact, I probably shouldn’t even call this a pudding at all… this dish is definitely more like a soup.  More specifically, a rich and creamy sweet coconut-based soup with small, chewy tapioca pearls and chunks of fresh banana. You can

Ca Tim Dau Hu Kho- Braised Eggplant with Tofu

Although there are plenty of vegan and/or vegetarian recipes here on Girl Cooks World, there’s only one with tofu.  It’s not that I dislike tofu, but there’s just a lot of other things that I like even better.  But things have been pretty meat-heavy around here lately, so I thought it was time to expand

Gluten-Free S’mores Bars

Summer doesn’t technically begin for another day or two, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t already been indulging in one of my favorite summer treats- s’mores!  I’ve already lamented about the fact that gluten-free graham crackers are both expensive and hard to find, so I’ll stop yapping about it. After all, I suppose I should

The Barefoot Contessa’s Frozen Key Lime Pie, Gluten-Free

I subscribe to at least as many design and lifestyle blogs as I do food blogs.  One of my favorites?  Steph Modo.  Steph recently sung the praises of the Barefoot Contessa’s frozen key lime pie, saying it was her favorite non-chocolate dessert and that it pretty much changed her life. Other reviews were equally enthusiastic,

Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto

Oh risotto.  You’re such a lovely dish and I don’t know why you suffer with such an unfair reputation of being difficult to make.  It’s not your fault.  I suppose at some point somebody in a fancy restaurant somewhere started the rumor so that people would be willing to pay unreasonable amounts of money for

Chilcano de Pisco- Ginger & Lemon Pisco Drink

It’s been awhile since I shared a boozy drink with you guys and I figured the long weekend would be the perfect time to do some recipe testing.  The natural choice for the booze?  Pisco, a colorless grape brandy made in Peru that’s most commonly associated with Pisco Sours. And that’s exactly what I had

Secret Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Pudding

I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned this before or not, but I went about twenty or so years of my life before I would even try an avocado.  My initial reluctance was probably just due to its color (broccoli, Brussels sprouts and all other green vegetables instilled similar fear in me as a child) but

Roasted Kabocha Squash with Oregano and Mint

As much as I love reading specific-themed food blogs (dessert, vegan, healthy), I could never write one myself.  Why?  If you haven’t noticed, I’m all over the place when it comes to my cooking.  One week I’m avoiding sugar like it’s the plague and the next I’m making baked goods like Mud Hen Bars or

Quick and Healthy Zucchini and Spinach Pesto

Last time I was on a cleanse I made some raw zucchini noodles with a sun-dried tomato pesto.  I liked it so much that I thought I’d try it the noodles again with a more traditional pesto.  Of course, you generally don’t think of oil, pine nut and Parmesan-heavy pesto as a healthy, detox-friendly recipe.

Lemongrass and Ginger Tea

The universe, it appears, has been plotting to get me to spend less time on my computer.  At least that’s the message I’m getting.  First, my laptop self-destructed a couple weeks back.  And then some of my credit card information was compromised… Bank of America sent me a new card but I forgot that I

Lazy Sunday Broccoli Frittata

Oh Monday.  I can’t say I’m all that happy to see you this week, but a nice breakfast of leftovers from this nice broccoli frittata will help ease the pain a little bit.  I’d had grand plans to finally get some sun on Sunday and maybe hit the beach, but the weather had other plans

Goan Shrimp and Eggplant Curry

Are you guys ready for me to finally choose a new cuisine/country?  I am.  In fact, I’m so excited about this cleanse being over and me getting back on track with my culinary trip around the world that I’ve already chosen my next two destinations.  Should be good times.  But first, one last transition recipe

Garlic and Honey Immune Booster

About one month after the official change in seasons, Spring is finally in the air.  All of the signs are present: the days are getting longer, asparagus is hitting the markets and swells are starting to hit the South shore.  And then there’s the seasonal cold that seems to hit when there’s a change in

Carrot Zinger- Fresh Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice

Some of my longtime readers might be thinking that this juice looks a tad familiar.  Yep- it’s essentially the same carrot, ginger and lime combo that I discovered last year while cooking my way around Jamaica.  It’s got the same ginger punch, but the freshly extracted juice is a couple notches more intense than the

Apricot and Almond Quinoa

When I’m on a cleanse, I rarely eat any grains.  That’s fine by me because usually I’m so focused on creating a flavorful main dish- either meat-based or vegetarian- that the grain is nothing more than an afterthought.  Most often I just toss some brown rice or quinoa into the rice cooker and call it

Creamy Coconut Spinach with Squid

If I didn’t live in Hawaii I’m pretty sure that I would have skipped right over this recipe.  I’m the first to admit that spinach, squid and coconut milk doesn’t necessarily sound like the most appealing combination.  But luckily we have a very similar dish in Hawaii, squid luau, which comes standard on most Hawaiian

Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger and Brown Sugar

On occasion I feel like things get too complicated around here: recipes with too many steps, too many ingredients, etc.  So I’m bringing simple back, with a simple broiled grapefruit with the zing of fresh ginger and brown sugar for extra sweetness. The broiling has the surprising effect of making the grapefruit even juicier and

Very Cherry Lime Mojito

Now that I’ve officially fallen prey to the Valentine’s Day bug, I’ve been trying to create a new, pretty, and pink hued cocktail.  My original intent was to use up some pomegranate liqueur that’s been sitting around.  But I suppose the reason it’s been sitting around is because I really don’t like it.  At all.

A Trip to the Punahou Carnival and a Salsa Recipe for Mom

What football game?  The highlight of my weekend was the Punahou Carnival.  Each year Punahou (the President’s alma mater) puts on the event to raise money for financial aid.  If you’re ever visiting at the first weekend of February, definitely put it on your list of things to do. Besides the standard carnival rides, there’s

Toor Dal- Nepali Yellow Dal

When I think of comfort foods, rich and unhealthy items like macaroni and cheese or ice cream come to mind.  I’m hoping that I’ll eventually be able to train my mind to first turn to something healthy, like this warming and nutritious dal. In this Nepali vegetarian dish, yellow split peas and diced tomatoes combine

Gluten-Free Mini Ricotta Doughnuts with Bittersweet Chocolate and Salted Caramel Dipping Sauces

Resistance is futile.  Even if you have the willpower to resist the doughnuts, the bittersweet chocolate and salted caramel will likely lure you in with their siren song.  Although the doughnuts themselves are pretty spectacular… super moist, impossibly fluffy, with just the slightest hint of citrus.  One plain, one with chocolate, one with caramel.  Eat

My Top Tips For Gluten-Free Baking

I’d actually planned on taking a break from baking over the holidays.  After all, I was traveling and away from my well-stocked gluten-free kitchen.  But then my mother decided to try going gluten-free and I knew I wanted to make the transition as easy as possible… especially during the holiday season when there are so

Kauranäkkileipä- Rustic Gluten-Free Oat Crackers

Those of you living on the mainland might have better luck finding good, inexpensive gluten-free crackers, but out here in Hawaii they cost something ridiculous… like $6 to $8 for a small box.  At that price, I’m going to have to have one major craving to justify the purchase. And since I hadn’t found a

Karpalojuoma- Cranberry Sparkle

I had so much success with the Sima, that I wanted to try my hand at another Finnish fermented drink.  This time I choose a cranberry sparkle, made from just four ingredients: cranberry juice, water, sugar and yeast. I love that such a fun, fizzy, pink-hued drink can be made with such common and simple

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Here’s one more healthy holiday recipe for those of you starting your detox early this year.  I did so much baking early on this holiday season that I’m already craving foods that are a little bit healthier.  And while I tend not to buy into the hype regarding superfoods, it’s pretty hard to ignore the

Classic Chocolate Mousse

I’m something of a floozy when it comes to chocolate mousse.  I don’t think I’ll ever be faithful to any one recipe in particular… avocado-based mousse (like this one) or raw egg versions, I like them all.  But there are times when a girl doesn’t have any ripe avocados or isn’t comfortable serving raw eggs

Chocolate and Roasted Edamame Toffee

OK, I realize that some of you are probably thinking that edamame toffee doesn’t sound all that appealing.   And a couple years, I would have agreed with you.  But then I tried Trader Joe’s chocolate covered edamame and I became a believer in the combination of chocolate and soy. And since there aren’t any Trader

Teff Porridge with Honey, Dates and Cloves

I stumbled across this recipe by accident this past weekend when I flipped over a bag of Bob’s Red Mill teff to see if there was a recipe for injera, Ethiopia’s staple bread.  There wasn’t.  The good news is that there was something even better: this simple, spiced, hot breakfast cereal made with Ethiopia’s favorite

Injera- Spongy Ethiopian Bread Plate

If you’re looking for traditional injera, you might want to look elsewhere.  Making injera is truly an art form and it requires patience, a lot of practice, and special equipment.  Made from teff flour, injera requires a lengthy fermentation to get its trademark tang.  They’re also made so large that they become like a huge

Honey Ice Cream

Ethiopia… the land of milk and honey.  Anybody up for a dessert that combines the two?  Honey is a really important part of Ethiopian cuisine.  There’s honey wine, honey bread, honey beer, etc., etc.  I’m not sure how many Ethiopians really break out ice cream makers for honey ice cream, but when I saw a

Gluten-Free Coconut Pound Cake

I feel like I haven’t done much baking on the blog as of late, so when I saw that coconut pound cake was a popular food offering on religious holidays in Cambodia, I was psyched for the opportunity to adapt a pound cake recipe from a gluten-free cookbook I just picked up the other day.

Curried Shrimp with Cucumbers

The cookbook that I adapted this from claimed that this was one of Cambodia’s most popular dishes.  I’m not so sure I believe that, considering I didn’t see any similar recipes in other Cambodian cookbooks, or even online.  But I was intrigued enough of with the idea of cooked cucumber in the curry that I

Babah- Cambodian Rice and Pork Soup

Even though I live in a tropical climate, I’m still a huge fan of hearty, warming soups.  After all, I do work in an overly cold, air conditioned office all day long.  But as much as love a good cream soup or chowder, I’ve been gravitating lately to soups that provide a wide range of textures

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip

Do you guys remember this commercial where the woman making Rice Krispy treats pretended it took her hours to make them?  The gist of it was that Rice Krispy treats taste so good everybody will think you spent hours in the kitchen making them. Well, that’s also the case with this dip.   Man oh man

Quick Preserved Lemons

Anybody else ever have a recipe they wanted to make but hit a wall because they didn’t have any preserved lemons on hand?  By the time you need them, it’s already too late to make them and I generally don’t have the foresight to plan ahead.  I don’t know about you, but I generally don’t

Gluten-Free Kourabiethes- Greek Almond Shortbread Cookies

Love Mexican Wedding cookies, almond cookies, and/or shortbread cookies?  Well, then I think these will be right up your alley.  According to the Internet (and the Internet never lies, right?) these cookies are a must-have dessert at all Greek celebrations, including weddings and holidays.  Buttery almond shortbread covered with a generous amount of powdered sugar? 

Watermelon, Ginger and Lime Juice

Bored with your standard morning orange juice?  Or do you want something interesting to give the kids while you’re slurping away on a Watermelon and Tequila Mojito? I’ve realized that ginger and lime are a pretty magical combo that can transform ordinary juice into something extra special.  It worked wonders in with the Carrot, Ginger