Fresh Corn Tortillas

A good store bought flour tortilla can be reheated on the stove over an open flame and made tasty, but a store bought corn tortilla doesn’t even come close to ...

Winter Melon Soup

My parents used to grow all kind of random things in our small backyard in Houston. The thing with Houston is that it is a humid incubation ground for bugs ...

Happy Year of the Goat!

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Lunar New Year and the Chinese (and other Asian cultures) celebrate the new year with numerous foods and rituals. My family wasn’t typically into ...


Easy Thanksgiving Sides

I am going out of town this year, which means I get ...

Roasted Pepper Hot Sauce

On a recent trip to Boston, I stumbled upon an awesome place ...

Tastes Like Candy Sweet Potatoes

It’s another fall staple- sweet potatoes. On a rough day, I just ...


Taco Filling Ideas

I wanted to follow up on some easy taco filling ideas, not only for a really simple dinner, but also to pair with your impressive homemade corn tortillas. One of my ‘go to’ staples is a bottle of tomatillo sauce (I like this one from Wegman’s that has all natural ingredients.) and a whole chicken. […]

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Steamed Chicken with Ginger Scallion Dipping Oil

When I happen to pick up a whole chicken at the store, and also have some ginger and green onion on hand, I always make this Cantonese style steamed chicken. It’s so unbelievably easy, even for a weeknight. The cooking of the chicken is completely passive, similar to roasting a whole chicken in the oven, […]

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Kitchen Warmers

It is so unbelievably cold. Not as cold as last winter when I think the norm was 9 degrees… but still. It’s cold. So I thought I’d compile a post on some kitchen warmers- foods that either slow cook in the oven/on the stove, or good ol’ comfort foods. These dishes will gradually warm up […]

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Wintry Mix Salsa

It’s full on winter, and I refuse to give up salsa. This is the perfect excuse to buy canned tomatoes and whip up, oh so easily, a big bowl of delicious salsa. Plus, paired with guacamole, you’ve got a party. What I love about this salsa, is that even though you’re using canned tomatoes, you […]

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Turkey Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

Well the Ravens didn’t make it, but you still might need a chili recipe for the frigid days we’ve been having. I had actually picked up a giant chunk-o punkin’ at Great Wall, and decided to roast and cube up part of it to go into chili. I love one pot dinners, and this gets […]

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Thai Basil Chicken

I confess I am not a Thai expert, but I recently had a little bite of some awesome Thai Basil Chicken stir-fry, and I was itching to recreate my version of it at home. Take number two was a keeper: it had layers of salt from fish and soy sauce, sweetness from sugar (and in […]

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Cornish Game Hen and Killer Broth

So you’ve probably heard of the Serial Podcasts, and if not, check them out! You often don’t have an objective view on your childhood until you’re an adult, and listening to the podcast, one thing I thought was: “Man! I was so sheltered!” I mean, it’s actually surprising to me that among the 1st generation […]

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Year in Review and Fan Favorite 2014

All over Facebook right now, is everyone’s year in review, with photo highlights of 2014. I thought it might be fun to do the same with the blog, and pull together some of the favorite HoCo Cook dishes of 2014. (And don’t forget to scroll down to find out who wins the Fan Favorite Award […]

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Ah, guacamole. Appetizer, condiment, lunch for one. 😉 The key to good guacamole is good ripe avocados. I usually buy a bag of them, and let them ripen on my counter for several days. They’ll turn from green to black and when you press on them, they will give slightly, but still be somewhat firm. […]

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Soy, Ginger, and Scallion Steamed Fish

My Dad’s passion, for as LONG as I can remember, is fishing. Growing up in Houston, my sister and I used to tag along with him on day long fishing trips to Galveston. There was no glitz and glamour in our fishing. It usually involved sitting around for hours and hours and hours on the […]

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