Wallflower Weekly Finds, 52

Do you guys watch Shark Tank?

I don’t always watch the show, but when I do, sometimes I look up the products they talk about. And then of course, sometimes I end up buying too.

Pipcorn is one of those times when I buy things based on what I saw on Shark Tank. I really need to stop doing that. lol. But I really do love their popcorn. They’re so mini!

Pipcorn

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Sweet and Sour Shrimp

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Shrimp with pineapple chunks, sliced onions, diced jalapenos, and chopped green bell peppers in a sweet and sour sauce, then served with a multigrain medley. This sweet and sour shrimp is the perfect dish to serve for Chinese New Year.
Sweet and Sour Shrimp | Cooking with a Wallflower

This upcoming week is a super busy one. Have you noticed that the Superbowl, Chinese New Year, and Valentine’s Day pretty much fall in the same week? Which one are you most excited for?

My family celebrates Chinese New Year. It is a huge deal in our house. The cleaning, the cooking, the sweets, the flowers, the red envelopes. We do it allllll. The more, the better. I think the idea is overabundance. You want to have a lot of everything so you don’t lack anything in the upcoming year. At least, that’s how I was taught. But every family has their own traditions.

My own family traditions involve food. Lots and lots of food. We pile on the fruits, the candies, the dried fruits, the vegetarian dishes, the meats. Like, everything. And we eat for days. Because I think in Asia, Chinese New Year means days of celebrations. I will show you pictures of the food we eat sometime next week. =)

Sweet and Sour Shrimp | Cooking with a Wallflower

One of our favorite dishes is sweet and sour shrimp.

How can you resist the sweet tanginess of the pineapples? Or the classic flavor of sweet and sour sauce?

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Baked Brie with Honey and Blueberries

Brie baked with a generous amount of honey and sweet blueberries and served with crackers or bread. This baked brie with honey and blueberries is perfect for serving guests.

Baked Brie with Honey and Blueberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Um, where has this been all my life?

I love the combination of honey and cheese. There’s something about the flavor that’s so amazing. The creaminess of the cheese and the sweetness of the honey complement each other so well. Then add the juiciness of sweet blueberries and you have a delicious appetizer to impress your family, friends, and guests.

Baked Brie with Honey and Blueberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m completely in love with brie and honey and I’ve been trying different combinations to see what tastes the best. One of my favorites? This baked brie with honey and blueberries. You need to try this. And if you’re hosting for the Super Bowl this Sunday, it would be the perfect time to try this out.

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Pomegranate Green Tea White Chocolate Bark

Green tea white chocolate bark sprinkled with fresh pomegranate seeds. This pomegranate green tea white chocolate bark is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or other special occasions.

Pomegranate Green Tea White Chocolate Bark | Cooking with a Wallflower

Okay, so I totally know this looks like it belongs in December. With all the greens and reds, it looks like Christmas all over again, doesn’t it?

If this bark sounds familiar, you might remember that I messed it up a few times and featured it in my 2015 Recipe Fails. Yes, it was that oily green goop that looked like it was a Play Doh wanna be. But after a few tries, I finally got it to work. How it was so disastrous to begin with is beyond me considering that I’ve made bark a few times before.

If you love chocolate bark as much as I do, I think you’ll love this version. The matcha powder which is slightly bitter helps offset the sweetness of white chocolate. Topped with fresh pomegranate seeds, this pomegranate green tea white chocolate bark is sweet and slightly tart.

And it doesn’t even take that long to make.

Pomegranate Green Tea White Chocolate Bark | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Honey Chipotle Chicken Avocado Toast

Classic avocado toast topped with shredded honey chipotle chicken and melted cheddar cheese. This honey chipotle chicken avocado toast is the perfect appetizer or snack, especially if you’re hosting a get together.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Avocado Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

You need this avocado toast in your life. Like, for real.

Have you noticed that avocado toast has popped up everywhere? You see them on your Instagram feed, you see them on menus. And they’re not cheap either. I’ve seen avocado toast for about $6 a slice, which to me, is kinda ridiculous. Especially when you can make your own at home.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Avocado Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

 

The truth is, I’m all for the avocado toast trend. Because let’s be honest, I’m totally obsessed with it too. There’s something about the simplicity of avocado toast that brings out the flavor.

But, I also love adding my own twist to a classic favorite.

After making my honey chipotle shredded chicken last week, I knew I had to top my avocado toast with it.

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Broiled Honey Grapefruits

Grapefruits drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon or chili powder then broiled. These broiled honey grapefruits are great for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Broiled Honey Grapefruits | Cooking with a Wallflower

Okay, I’m almost embarrassed to post this as a recipe because it’s sooo easy to make. But hey, not everyone grills their fruits, and not everyone broils their fruits, so I had to share =)

Grapefruits are one of those “love it or hate it” kind of foods. Some people love the contrasting flavor of sweetness and bitterness in grapefruits, and others don’t. And that’s all okay because we all have our likes and dislikes.

But one of my favorite ways to eat grapefruit is by broiling them.

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Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken

Chicken breasts marinated in a spicy honey chipotle sauce. This honey chipotle shredded chicken tastes amazing on its own or added to your salads and sandwiches.

Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken | Cooking with a Wallflower

Oh, I think I have the perfect recipe to share with you guys today!

I’m always looking for recipes that I can use for other dishes too. It saves so much time when you can use one dish and pair it with so many others. And this honey chipotle shredded chicken does just that!

While it’s super easy to make and prepare, it does require a little bit of planning ahead because you have to allow the chicken to marinade and the flavor to develop. But trust me, the wait is sooo worth it! You can quickly put it together the night before or even toss everything together in the morning before work or school. It’s seriously easy! Just 5-7 minutes of your time!

Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken | Cooking with a Wallflower

Once you try this honey chipotle chicken, you’ll want to make it ahead so that you can add to your salads, to your sandwiches, to your tacos, and pretty much whatever you like. I like to keep the leftover chicken in the fridge so that if I need to whip up something quick, I can just add the chicken to some of my dishes.

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 50

I am so missing the holidays right now. I mean, from October on, there are so many holidays and festivities to look forward to. Then after New Year’s Day, I feel like we’re in a drought of holidays. I mean, there’s summer to look forward to, but it’s not the same as the winter holidays.

But we’re so close to Valentine’s Day. Are you guys making plans yet?

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Life of a Wallflower, 27 – New Orleans

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these updates.

Last month, I traveled to New Orleans for the weekend for my cousin’s wedding. I flew in on Friday and came back to SF on Monday. A weekend is definitely not enough to fully enjoy New Orleans, but we tried to fit as much as we could in those couple days.

So that you guys know, this is going to be a photo heavy post =)

New Orleans | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love that we can turn on our phones now on the airplane. How else could I take photos like this?

New Orleans | Cooking with a Wallflower

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