I'm a full-time Mom of two kids under 9. I live in the Seattle area and an avid cook and baker.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef and Noodles

Rating: 5 stars 4
This is a classic Vietnamese dish that is so simple to make. Sauteed beef marinated in lemongrass and garlic and tossed with cold vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs. Great on warm days or makes a quick weeknight meal.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Cups

A delicious, chewy, low-fat chocolate macaroon. Add sliced almonds or chocolate chips on top for the perfect treat. Kids love these.

Halibut with Yogurt-Cucumber Topping

This is a healthy, fresh and super elegant dish to serve on a weeknight or to company. You can use any type of firm white fish such as halibut, cod, tilapia or swordfish.

Asian Barbecue Garlic Chicken

An asian infused garlic chicken that's aromatic and perfect with jasmine rice. Can be barbecued or pan-fried.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Curry

Rating: 4 stars 15
This recipe has been passed down from my grandmother in Vietnam and makes the best aromatic, slightly spicy chicken curry ever. Fresh lemongrass is the secret! Serve over white or sticky rice and you're in heaven.

World's Best Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes

These are super moist, super tender and the fluffiest pancakes you'll ever eat. This recipe makes about 8 regular sized pancakes but recipe can easily be doubled. This was originally published in the Betty Crocker cookbook. This will be your master recipe - try it!

Catalina Chicken Breasts

This recipe is quick, delicious and makes very moist chicken. My husband and kids love it and I have doubled the recipe when making for company. Serve it with white rice to soak up all the extra sauce.

- Sauteed Grouse with Peach Beurre Blanc Sauce

I first tasted this in a restaurant owned by a friend who specializes in game bird dishes and loved it. He graciously gave me this simple but elegant recipe that I've been making for 10 years. This sauce has a mild sweet taste, a beautiful color and tastes delicious with delicate game meats such as grouse, pheasant or quail. Serve with wild rice pilaf and it's perfect for company.