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Aliza Wong grew up in Portland, Oregon, and when people ask, she still replies that she is from Oregon because, in fact, that is where she is from. By day, she is assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University, and at all times, she is the mother of a scarily intelligent five-year-old who asks all the questions you don’t want your child to ask just quite yet; the partner of a man who is too kind, too generous, and too stubborn for words; and a firm believer in the old-fashioned possibilities of utopia.

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  • awong May 30 5:25 PM - Comment

    cake cake cake

    It’s been a weekend of cakes. First two sheetcakes from homesicktexan.com recipes - strawberry sheetcake and Texas sheetcake (chocolate with cinnamon). Then Cook’s Illustrated easy Caramel Cake. All delicious. So much for the diet!

  • awong Dec 8 9:15 PM - Comment

    homesick northern italian

    dinner for student who is homesick for northern italy - pecorino and speck; risotto alla milanese; cottolette alla milanese with arugula salad dressed with lemon and extra virgin olive oil. to finish, creme brulee. too full!

  • awong Dec 6 5:27 PM - Comment

    dinner for 6

    orzo with extra virgin olive oil and pan roasted eggplant, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and fresh bunches of basil; cheesy mashed potatoes gratin; bacon and brussel sprouts; roasted pork loin with browned butter and sage. finished the evening with banana cream pie with graham cracker crust and dulce de leche filling.

    Kim Dec 6 2009, 6:02 PM
    oh man, that makes me HUNGRY!
    awong Dec 6 2009, 8:41 PM
    one day, we’ll be in the same place at the same time and we can feed one another.
  • awong Dec 1 2:54 PM - Comment
    left a fridge note for redweather
  • awong Oct 31 9:49 PM - Comment

    scallop fried rice

    perfectly caramalized sea scallops, rice fried in olive oil with scraped up caramelized scallop bits, fresh peas, fried garlic, little soy, salt and pepper. heaven.

  • awong Oct 2 12:46 PM - Comment
    left a fridge note for sj.breeze
  • awong Sep 27 10:02 PM - Comment

    birthday party at our house for a good friend

    bruschetta with wild mushrooms, cream, and parmigiano; spinach artichocke dip; white tuscan bean dip; baked brie with brown sugar and dijon. then the two lasagne - a simple timbale with tomato sauce, mozzarella and pasta and a sausage lasagna with pecorino, mozzarella, bechamel and tomato cream sauce. to top it all off, homemade creamy tiramisu. and then we played beatles rock band until we were all rocked out. happy birthday, ethan!

  • awong Sep 18 11:20 PM - Comment

    on a mushroom kick

    toasted italian loaf with truffle butter; gently, softly scrambled eggs in butter; sauteed wild mushrooms; shavings of parmigiano-reggiano. simple, but oh so good.

  • awong Sep 18 12:01 AM - Comment

    dinner with friends

    pappardelle tossed with pan roasted crimini, porcini, and wild mushrooms; browned butter; garlic; homemade ricotta; freshly grated parmesan. ooey gooy chocolate chip cookies to finish. comfort food galore.

    Kim Sep 18 2009, 8:20 AM
    oh yum, aliza. that one makes me hungry.
  • awong Sep 16 9:05 PM - Comment

    love fruit in salads too

    newest fave salad - seared, caramelized scallops, grapefruit, avocado, arugula, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, fresh cracked black pepper.

  • awong Aug 30 10:01 PM - Comment

    nigella lawson's gooey chocolate pudding

    biggest payback for 2 minutes work EVER. my 7 year old made it all by himself...

  • awong Aug 24 12:17 AM - Comment

    Leftovers for dinner in the Bahamas

    Fished some lobsters in the Bahamas. Grilled the first night with butter, onions, and sweet peppers. Second night, we took leftover grilled zucchini and eggplant, leftover lobster, some grape tomatoes - all sauteed with minced garlic and olive oil. Tossed with whole wheat spaghetti. Leftovers almost better than the first night’s gourmet lobster bake...

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