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When I first start cooking, I always have a lot of questions. I used the following site intensely, they have made me cook smarter, faster and safer. I would like to share the “5 Essential Cooking Guides for Beginner Cooks” with you. Even if you are an experienced chef, you might still find it very helpful.

1. The Seasonal Food Guide 2. The Measurement Converter

3. A Temperature Guide

4. The Food Storage Guidelines

5. An Ingredient Substitutions Guide

5 Essential Cooking Guides for Beginner Cooks
Emma Tang

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Thank you National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this post. Watermelon is the perfect portable food for enjoying wherever life takes you!

I love watermelon! Living in NYC, where everything is fast-paced. The best time to enjoy watermelon is on-the-go. This time I am sharing a 10-minute on-the-go summer watermelon parfait recipe.

The ingredients for this parfait are very simple! Besides greek yogurt, granola and watermelon, I also added fermented glutinous rice for a delicious Asian touch!

Fermented glutinous rice is a common Chinese ingredient that can be used to make a variety of Chinese deserts. It’s sweet and sour, great for enhancing the flavor and texture of our watermelon parfait.

Ps: You can find the fermented glutinous rice in most Chinese grocery stores.

What I like to do is making the watermelon parfait for my husband and I the night before and store them with small mason jars in the fridge overnight. The watermelon parfait jars are our perfect on-the-go breakfast the next day!

Here’s a great tip I learned from Watermelon board website: you can eat the whole watermelon! Besides the flesh and juice, watermelon rind can also be used to make dishes. For more information, you can check out this post: Three Ways to Eat Watermelon Rind.

I hope you enjoy this ridiculously simple and super tasty on-the-go summer watermelon parfait recipe. Leave a comment to let us know your thoughts about this recipe or share it with your friends and family! Till next time!

On-The-Go Summer Watermelon Parfait
 
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Author: Spice the Plate
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh watermelon cubes (1-inch long)
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 cup fermented glutinous rice/ fermented sweet rice sauce
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Layer half cup plain greek yogurt into the bottom of each two small mason jars.
  2. Spoon half cup crunchy granola and place on top of the yogurt, repeat for each jar.
  3. Layer half cup fermented glutinous rice on top of the granola, repeat for each jar.
  4. Place fresh watermelon cubes on top until the containers are filled to the top.
  5. Sprinkle some granola on top for garnishing.
  6. Serve parfaits immediately to keep granola crunchy.
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On-The-Go Summer Watermelon Parfait
Han Tang

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Thank you VOVETI for sponsoring this post. Elevate your entertaining this season with VOVETI Prosecco

My first ever cocktail recipe shared on Spice the Plate! This easy “Ginger-Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail” is my secret weapon when I have friends over. I can’t wait to share with you!

All you need to make this tasty cocktail at home is: sugar, ginger slices, ice, sake (you can substitute with soju, or even gin/vodka in a pinch), pomegranate and prosecco. And they take only 20 minutes to be ready!

The main ingredient of this cocktail is the Voveti Prosecco. VOVETI is a brut style DOC with tempered acidity and a fresh, graceful profile. As an easy drinking aperitif or cocktail, this prosecco is perfect to share with friends.

Compared to champagne, prosecco has a fruitier taste and is typically more affordable. The sweet flavor profile makes it a great fit for this homemade cocktail.


To give this cocktail recipe a slight Asian twist, instead of using Gin or Vodka, I have chosen to use Japanese sake (Korean soju works great as well).


If you like this recipe, please leave a rating and share it with your friends!

Ginger-Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktails
 
Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
20 mins
 
Author: Spice the Plate
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • For the rim:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 slice fresh ginger (1/2-inch thick)
  • Ginger syrup:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 slices fresh ginger (1/2-inch thick)
  • Cocktail:
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz Japanese sake or Korean soju
  • 2 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1 oz ginger syrup (from above step)
  • 12 oz Voveti prosecco
  • Garnishment:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds
Instructions
  1. Place sugar on a flat plate; moisten the rims of glasses with a fresh ginger slice and then dip the rims evenly in sugar, set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, add sugar, water, and ginger slices; heat over low heat until sugar is dissolved, stir occasionally. Let stand 10-15 minutes to cool down.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Sake or Soju, pomegranate juice, and ginger syrup and shake until well blended.
  4. Pour the mixture into the two prepared glasses; add prosecco on top.
  5. Add fresh pomegranate seeds to garnish and enjoy!
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Ginger-Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail
Han Tang

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You don’t have to break the bank to give a thoughtful gift to the chef in your life! Check out this “10 Gifts Under $25 for People Who Love to Cook” guide for affordable and practical kitchen gifts they’ll love which cost 25 dollars or less.

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9. A Pot Rack with Hooks to keep their kitchen organized!

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Green bean and tofu with ground pork stir fry is the star recipe I want to share with you this week. Packed with flavors and easy to prepare, I am confident you’ll like this recipe as much as I do. Plus, all the ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store!
Are you looking for another recipe with ground pork as the main ingredient? I think you’ll like this Thai basil minced pork as well. It’s also easy-to-assemble and full of flavor just like this one.
I hope you enjoy this simple and tasty green bean and tofu with ground pork recipe.
Leave a comment to let us know your thoughts about this recipe or share it with your friends and family! Till next time!
Green Bean and Tofu with Ground Pork Stir Fry
 
Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
50 mins
 
Author: Spice the Plate
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed and chopped into 1-inch long pieces
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ¼ pound firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 stalks green onion, chopped
  • cilantro for topping (optional)
  • Marinate ground pork:
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon potato starch
  • Seasoning:
  • 1 teaspoon oil for pan fry the tofu cubes
  • salt to taste
  • soy sauce to taste
Instructions
  1. Marinate ground pork with soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar and potato starch for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a bit of oil over medium heat, pat the tofu cubes dry with a paper towel before carefully adding them to the pan.
  3. Pan fry the tofu cubes for 10 minutes or until all sides are crisp and browned, set aside for later use.
  4. Add in the marinated ground pork and stir with a spatula, make sure there's no clumping and allow it to cook for five minutes or until no longer pink,
  5. Set the ground pork aside and leave the oil released during cooking in the pan for stir frying use later.
  6. Stir in garlic and green onion, sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  7. Add green beans and red peppers to the pan, stir fry 8-10 minutes or until soft.
  8. Add previously ground pork and tofu cubes to the pan and toss in salt and soy sauce to taste. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes and stir to make sure the seasonings are distributed evenly.
  9. Transfer to a plate and top with cilantro to serve and enjoy while hot!
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Green Bean and Tofu with Ground Pork Stir Fry
Han Tang

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My boyfriend and I are both big fans of Vietnamese food. When we were in Maryland for President’s Day weekend to visit some of his college friends, we had to go grab some authentic Vietnamese dishes at Eden Center, Virginia. 

While we ate quite a few delicious things there, one of the standout dishes was the pork chop over rice. It was delicious and cooked to perfection. After coming home from that trip, I kept thinking how nice it would be if I could recreate this Vietnamese pork chop dish at home. 

So I started doing research on how to make this dish. After several trails and errors, I finally made a Vietnamese pork chop tastes very close to what we had from Eden center at home a couple days ago. 

Needless to say, I was super excited! I want to share this super delicious recipe with you today, because good things are worth sharing! 

The key for a flavorful pork chop with great texture is marinating. Marinades not only add flavor, it makes the meat more tender and juicy as well.

A little about marination:

There are three primary components for a marinade:

1) An acid. The acid helps to tenderize the meat by breaking it down during marinating. Common choices are lemon juice, vinegar, wine or other fruit juices. For this recipe, I used rice vinegar.

2) The oil. Oil in marinades gives the meat a nice surface. It helps to preserve the meat during marination and protect it from cooking too quickly.  Vegetable oil was my choice for the pork chop marinade.

3) Seasonings, spice and/or herb. Those ingredients give the marinade flavor. A combination of brown sugar, fish sauce and soy sauce, etc. helps to give my pork chops a nice flavor and color. 

How to serve:

Typically, Vietnamese pork chops are served over a bed of white rice, with a couple slice s of cucumber and tomato at a restaurant. 

For a balanced meal, my homemade version of the pork chops include brown rice, mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and a fried egg.

Now whenever I have a craving for a pan grilled Vietnamese pork chop, I can make it right in my own kitchen, instead of having to travel 200 + miles. The pay off for the time and efforts invested for figuring out the recipe is totally worth it!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. If you like this recipe, please leave a rating and share it with your friends!

Pan Grilled Vietnamese Pork Chop
 
Prep time
60 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
1 hour 20 mins
 
Author: Spice the Plate
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 2 large pieces of 1-inch thick-cut, bone-in pork chops (about 2 pounds total)
  • Marination:
  • ¼ cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pan grill:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Garnishments:
  • chopped green onion, chopped cilantro and/or lime wedges
  • Optional Extras:
  • mixed green salad, cucumber and tomato slices, etc.
  • white or brown rice, couscous, cauliflower rice, etc.
Instructions
  1. Whisk finely chopped white onion, minced garlic, brown sugar, fish sauce, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce and black pepper together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the pork chops to marinade in bowl, flip to coat well on both sides. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let the pork chops marinate at room temperature for an hour, turn at 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat, tilt the pan until oil is evenly distributed.
  4. Transfer pork chops from marinade onto the hot pan (scraping off as much excess as you can before adding, keep the remaining marinade for sauce later)
  5. Sear the pork chops about 5-6 minutes each side or until browned and cooked through.
  6. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  7. While the pork chop is resting, add the remaining marinade into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn to low heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until reduced to about ¼ cup worth.
  8. Top the pork chops with reduced marinade, freshly chopped green onion or cilantro and lime wedges to serve.
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Pan Grilled Vietnamese Pork Chop
Han Tang

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