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I have reentered the work force as of today!

Yay!  First day of work!  I had butterflies in my stomach!  But thanks to encouraging words from my family, my BF, my friends, and the folks at my new job, I made it through the first day just fine =)

First art talent by Aloha Higa for Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear’s Café)

Second art talent by BearBearCreative

I cooked dinner last night!  Clearing out my oven to cook is such a rare occasion and it wasn’t even a holiday!  (I think most Asians in America know we really only use the oven as storage for pots and pans LOL)
I made Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti!  I went with the tri-color ziti and rotini for variety of color and texture and because it’s possibly a little healthier than regular pasta and I didn’t think anyone but I enjoys whole wheat pasta.
One of my cousins was craving baked ziti from Whole Foods and another cousin was craving lasagna so yet another cousin was forcing her to ask me to make my turkey lasagna again.  I made it only once like 2 or 3 years ago!
So I decided to mix the two ideas since they seem pretty similar anyway.  On the side, I also made Grilled Lime Cayenne Chicken Breast Tenderloin on my Foreman Grill!  That recipe is from the BF and isn’t mine to share so I’ll just jump to the one for the ziti!
Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti
PASTA
1 pound of uncooked pasta24 ounces of skim milk ricotta cheese 
Cook according to instructions for al dente or firm/extra firm pasta
Drain pasta into large bowl and mix in the ricotta until even
MEAT SAUCE
1 purple onion1 pound of lean ground turkey32 ounces of pasta sauce (I used regular spaghetti sauce)
Dice up the onion
Brown onion and ground meat over medium heat
Add pasta sauce and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat
LAYERING 
9”x13” baking dish or something of similar size (I used a casserole dish)1 pound of shredded skim milk mozzarellagrated parmesan cheese 
Half of the ziti/ricotta mixHalf of the mozzarellaHalf of the meat sauceRest of the ziti/ricotta mixRest of the mozzarella (leave some for a light layer on top)Rest of the meat sauceTop with a light layer of mozzarella or parmesan (I went with the mozz)
Bake in preheated oven at 350degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until cheese melts
Enjoy!
We all ended up overeating so I think it went over well!  Random cheesy meaty pasta cravings satiated!  The leftovers turned into 3-meals-in-1 for Day 2 for me :::BURP:::
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I cooked dinner last night!  Clearing out my oven to cook is such a rare occasion and it wasn’t even a holiday!  (I think most Asians in America know we really only use the oven as storage for pots and pans LOL)
I made Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti!  I went with the tri-color ziti and rotini for variety of color and texture and because it’s possibly a little healthier than regular pasta and I didn’t think anyone but I enjoys whole wheat pasta.
One of my cousins was craving baked ziti from Whole Foods and another cousin was craving lasagna so yet another cousin was forcing her to ask me to make my turkey lasagna again.  I made it only once like 2 or 3 years ago!
So I decided to mix the two ideas since they seem pretty similar anyway.  On the side, I also made Grilled Lime Cayenne Chicken Breast Tenderloin on my Foreman Grill!  That recipe is from the BF and isn’t mine to share so I’ll just jump to the one for the ziti!
Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti
PASTA
1 pound of uncooked pasta24 ounces of skim milk ricotta cheese 
Cook according to instructions for al dente or firm/extra firm pasta
Drain pasta into large bowl and mix in the ricotta until even
MEAT SAUCE
1 purple onion1 pound of lean ground turkey32 ounces of pasta sauce (I used regular spaghetti sauce)
Dice up the onion
Brown onion and ground meat over medium heat
Add pasta sauce and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat
LAYERING 
9”x13” baking dish or something of similar size (I used a casserole dish)1 pound of shredded skim milk mozzarellagrated parmesan cheese 
Half of the ziti/ricotta mixHalf of the mozzarellaHalf of the meat sauceRest of the ziti/ricotta mixRest of the mozzarella (leave some for a light layer on top)Rest of the meat sauceTop with a light layer of mozzarella or parmesan (I went with the mozz)
Bake in preheated oven at 350degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until cheese melts
Enjoy!
We all ended up overeating so I think it went over well!  Random cheesy meaty pasta cravings satiated!  The leftovers turned into 3-meals-in-1 for Day 2 for me :::BURP:::
Zoom Info
I cooked dinner last night!  Clearing out my oven to cook is such a rare occasion and it wasn’t even a holiday!  (I think most Asians in America know we really only use the oven as storage for pots and pans LOL)
I made Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti!  I went with the tri-color ziti and rotini for variety of color and texture and because it’s possibly a little healthier than regular pasta and I didn’t think anyone but I enjoys whole wheat pasta.
One of my cousins was craving baked ziti from Whole Foods and another cousin was craving lasagna so yet another cousin was forcing her to ask me to make my turkey lasagna again.  I made it only once like 2 or 3 years ago!
So I decided to mix the two ideas since they seem pretty similar anyway.  On the side, I also made Grilled Lime Cayenne Chicken Breast Tenderloin on my Foreman Grill!  That recipe is from the BF and isn’t mine to share so I’ll just jump to the one for the ziti!
Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti
PASTA
1 pound of uncooked pasta24 ounces of skim milk ricotta cheese 
Cook according to instructions for al dente or firm/extra firm pasta
Drain pasta into large bowl and mix in the ricotta until even
MEAT SAUCE
1 purple onion1 pound of lean ground turkey32 ounces of pasta sauce (I used regular spaghetti sauce)
Dice up the onion
Brown onion and ground meat over medium heat
Add pasta sauce and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat
LAYERING 
9”x13” baking dish or something of similar size (I used a casserole dish)1 pound of shredded skim milk mozzarellagrated parmesan cheese 
Half of the ziti/ricotta mixHalf of the mozzarellaHalf of the meat sauceRest of the ziti/ricotta mixRest of the mozzarella (leave some for a light layer on top)Rest of the meat sauceTop with a light layer of mozzarella or parmesan (I went with the mozz)
Bake in preheated oven at 350degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until cheese melts
Enjoy!
We all ended up overeating so I think it went over well!  Random cheesy meaty pasta cravings satiated!  The leftovers turned into 3-meals-in-1 for Day 2 for me :::BURP:::
Zoom Info

I cooked dinner last night!  Clearing out my oven to cook is such a rare occasion and it wasn’t even a holiday!  (I think most Asians in America know we really only use the oven as storage for pots and pans LOL)

I made Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti!  I went with the tri-color ziti and rotini for variety of color and texture and because it’s possibly a little healthier than regular pasta and I didn’t think anyone but I enjoys whole wheat pasta.

One of my cousins was craving baked ziti from Whole Foods and another cousin was craving lasagna so yet another cousin was forcing her to ask me to make my turkey lasagna again.  I made it only once like 2 or 3 years ago!

So I decided to mix the two ideas since they seem pretty similar anyway.  On the side, I also made Grilled Lime Cayenne Chicken Breast Tenderloin on my Foreman Grill!  That recipe is from the BF and isn’t mine to share so I’ll just jump to the one for the ziti!

Baked Turkey Tri-Color Ziti

PASTA

1 pound of uncooked pasta
24 ounces of skim milk ricotta cheese 

  1. Cook according to instructions for al dente or firm/extra firm pasta
  2. Drain pasta into large bowl and mix in the ricotta until even

MEAT SAUCE

1 purple onion
1 pound of lean ground turkey
32 ounces of pasta sauce (I used regular spaghetti sauce)

  1. Dice up the onion
  2. Brown onion and ground meat over medium heat
  3. Add pasta sauce and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat

LAYERING 

9”x13” baking dish or something of similar size (I used a casserole dish)
1 pound of shredded skim milk mozzarella
grated parmesan cheese 

Half of the ziti/ricotta mix
Half of the mozzarella
Half of the meat sauce
Rest of the ziti/ricotta mix
Rest of the mozzarella (leave some for a light layer on top)
Rest of the meat sauce
Top with a light layer of mozzarella or parmesan (I went with the mozz)

Bake in preheated oven at 350degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until cheese melts

Enjoy!

We all ended up overeating so I think it went over well!  Random cheesy meaty pasta cravings satiated!  The leftovers turned into 3-meals-in-1 for Day 2 for me :::BURP:::

Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info
Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info
Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info
Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info
Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info
Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info
Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!
Cake
Lunch
Dinner
I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!
You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!
Zoom Info

Birthday celebration with my BF this past weekend!

Cake

Lunch

Dinner

I don’t know how better to celebrate life than with love and yummy food!

You might’ve noticed, we share practically all our food.  Nom a little of this..nom a little of that…sharing is caring!

I am SO UPSET that I missed National Eggs Benedict Day yesterday!!!

WHY DIDN’T TUMBLR OR TWITTER TELL ME THIS!!! =( I find out a day late on CNN?!  Unacceptable!

I love eggs benedict and the various twists on the original.

What’s not to love?  Bread.  Ooey gooey eggs.  Protein.  Creamy hollandaise.

Just as well, I guess.  I’m on a bit of a diet and workout kick.  Although I’m not sure how much dieting happens when I’m with my BF.  Did you not see that amazing grilled cheese he made for me this weekend?  MmmMmMMMMMmMMMmmmmmMmmmMmMmm

(Although I suppose poached eggs is a healthier option to fried eggs.  Mmmmmm eggs over easy *drool*)

So…Happy (yet another) Belated National Eggs Benedict Day!

My favorite so far had to have been the Queen Adelaide I had at brunch two months ago.  Salmon.  Avocado.  Spicy hollandaise.  Honestly, how can that not be great.

But I am also partial to Lox Benedict.  Not sure if it’s because I’m a New Yorker but I love lox with something creamy.  Also replacing the ham/Canadian bacon is a good move.  Not huge fan of it if salmon is available.  Pretty much good anywhere I’ve had it.

Also, I’ve had the scones benedict at all 3 Alice’s Tea Cup.  Great on both the savory scones and the sweet ones.

Anytime eggs benedict is on the menu, all other items on there are extraneous.

Someone please help me.  I think I have a problem.

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