Homemade Soba Noodles

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. Traditional Soba noodles are thin noodles made of 100% buckwheat flour. They are delicious in soup or stir-fried dishes. Buckwheat has many health benefits. It is high in fiber and protein, and rich in iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1. It is also naturally gluten free. Whole grain […]

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Homemade Matcha Ice Cream

When I was a child, a friend of my father owned a local farm. They had their own creamery onsite and made ice cream from milk produced on the farm. Each time when we got ice cream as gifts from this uncle, it was my happiest day. That ice cream was thick and creamy, stronger […]

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Cats Teach Us Unconditional Love

Another blessed year went by for Mango and her brothers. No matter what happens in life, they don’t get disappointed at each other. In their world, love is simple, and unconditional. When RK was younger, one day he told us his teacher asked who had sisters,  “I raised my hand.” Of course. We have three […]

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Almond Butter Cake

I first had the butter cake with my friend Ting at the California Pizza Kitchen and we loved it so much. It was served warm and was incredibly fluffy yet creamy and moist. I never had another butter cake as nice as that ever since, until I made my own, following a CPK copycat recipe […]

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What Parents Need to Know about Youth Vaping

In a household where no one smokes or uses vaping products, I once thought vaping was rare and had no direct connection with our family and friends. However, in Michigan where we live, today about one in four high schoolers did vaping in the past 30 days. Middle schoolers are vaping too, although to a […]

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Turkneer – A Meatless Turkey Made of Roasted Paneer

Turkneer is a Thanksgiving “Turkey” made of roasted paneer. It is my husband’s creation. It was a hit, and he requested that I write a formal recipe. This will be our new Thanksgiving tradition. As RK does not eat any meat, every Thanksgiving, we had to look for a no-meat version of turkey. It is […]

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An Easy-to-Use and Free Tool for Citing References

My favorite style of citing references is to append a bibliography list at the end of the article. It is mostly personal preference, but this style also offers several benefits, compared to embedded links in the text, to readers in certain fields. A Reference List Appeals to Readers in Certain Fields Typically the reference list […]

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Whole Wheat Cranberry Sweet Roll

My family love sweet bread rolls that are soft and fluffy. However, it is difficult to make soft and fluffy bread using 100% whole wheat flour without adding any additives. Regular whole wheat won’t make good bread. I needed bread flour. However whole wheat bread flour is hard to find. After extensive search at local […]

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This is What Happens to Your Lungs When Running in Winter

Do we get frozen lungs when exercising at -20°F? A friend of mine does not like running or the idea of running. “What was chasing you?” he asked after hearing about a long run I just finished. Note he used “what”, instead of “who”. It was a huge shock to him when he heard, for […]

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Best Crepes for Thanksgiving Breakfast

I started making crepes for breakfast again.  One day our younger boy gave his food request: can we have crepes for breakfast?  I receive such orders often, and we enjoy cooking food together.  Usually it starts with an online search for best recipes with highest reviews. Only this time, I knew where the best recipe […]

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