recipe: simple & easy margherita pizza

In honor of (one of my) favorite days of the year, I wanted to share this really quick and easy recipe for margherita pizza. It's halfway between a complete cheat day (i.e. Domino's night, otherwise known as study-until-2-am-finals-night) and a full Gordon Ramsey, everything-from-scratch night.

recipe: chinese red-braised pork belly

Red-braised pork belly (Chinese: 红烧肉) has been a staple of my childhood diet -- and now that I've moved out of Texas, it was the first thing that I was determined to learn how to make. It's made with a wonderful mix of spices, cooking wine, a soy sauce power duo, and more. What you end up with is soft, melt-in-your mouth pork belly from a two-hour long braising process, and a thick, subtly sweet sauce that's perfect for drizzling over white rice.