Beautiful weddings and thanksgiving

I cried today. They were emotional tears of joy for Eileen at her wedding ceremony...it's beautiful and touching. :)

Aren't the bouquet of flowers lovely? They're mine. :) I can't believe the bride's bouquet flew right to me! ^_*

Korean food was served at the Hilton Hotel.

Congratulations Eileen and Donghoon!

I attended another beautiful wedding. Darren and Soojin are a lovely couple. It was interesting to watch the Korean P'yebaek ceremony vs Chinese tea ceremony.

Plated Chinese food served at another Hilton Hotel

(Note to self on dish ideas: Cylindrical taro fried in sweet and sour sauce, Deep-fried white mushrooms. The red "flower"on the right is actually white fungus dipped in red coloring. )

Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the US and it's similar to the Chinese New Year or Mid Autumn Festival where families get together to eat. (I think I gained several pounds that day. *wink* )

Staples include pumpkin pie, candied yams, turkey, corn bread, green beans, potatoes, etc...

Aunty Helen made her specialty candied yams that's absolutely traditional...she's been making it for the last 20 years! Here's her recipe that she calls, "Elizabeth's candied yams" as Elizabeth gave her this recipe.

For 9x13in pan, Use 7 yams (red skin), peeled and quartered into strips. Place cubes of butter or Liquid Lecithin +olive oil onto the bottom of the pan. Mix these in a bowl: 1/2 t nutmeg, 1/2 t cinnamon, 2t vanilla extract, 2 c white sugar (or 1 cup white and 1 cup brown). Pour on top of your yams. Dot 1 stick of butter on the top of yams. Bake at 350 F for about 1-2 hours. Every 7 minutes, bath yams with liquid, using syringe. (top with marshmallows if you want)

Alternative healthier version: Go natural- bake the yams wrapped in foil- they're naturally sweet and tasty :)

The pictures above show the two desserts I made that day. The top is cream cheese pie-cake while the bottom picture is Orion cheese cake.

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