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Easy Chinese New Year Recipes

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2015 in Chinese, Entrees, Holiday | 0 comments

This year, Chinese New Year will be a much more organized affair, since I have been researching easy Chinese New Year recipes BEFOREHAND, instead of having an having an “oh-shit-Chinese-New-Year-is-in-two-days-I-want-to-make-something-but-what???” moment.  For me, celebration = lots o’food so having my list means I’m ready to get my party on!

Here’s a roundup of easy Chinese New Year recipes for your celebration!


Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Posted by on Jan 27th, 2015 in Chinese, Entrees, Holiday | 1 comment

 Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Chinese New Year is almost here!  This year, Chinese New Year is on February 19.  Not wanting to get caught off guard like I usually am with Chinese holidays, I’ve been researching recipes for a while and decided to try my hand at making Shrimp with Lobster Sauce.


Chinese Hong Shau (Red Cooked) Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Posted by on Dec 11th, 2014 in Chinese, Entrees | 1 comment

Chinese Hong Shau Chicken

I’ve been experimenting a lot with Chinese recipes recently, trying to find easy Chinese recipes that still taste pretty authentic. Sadly, many of my experiments are on their nth iteration, and still need more work (mapo tofu is majorly getting on my nerves), but good news! This hong shau chicken recipe is a winner! Traditionally, hong shau recipes use pork belly, so substituting chicken makes this recipe healthier and lighter. And since it uses the slow cooker, this recipe is SO EASY. There is barely any prep! Just throw everything in the slow cooker and let it simmer away.


Easy Cooking Tips: How to Cut Corn Off the Cob

Posted by on Sep 29th, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

I’ve been eating lots of fresh corn this summer (I cannot resist when something is on sale for $0.25.  Yes, I’m cheap.) and I learned a really cool easy cooking trick from scouring the interweb for easy corn recipes.  The Amateur Gourmet is a blog I read, and it had a great tip for how to cut corn off the cob, which I was definitely in need of since every time tried to cut corn off the cob, it was kernels freaking everywhere.


Here’s the tip: put a small bowl or dish upside down in a larger bowl.  Prop the corn cob on the small bowl, and use a knife to slice the kernels off the cob.  The kernels will tumble into the larger bowl instead of all over your cutting board/countertop/floor.  Yay!  Kernels corralled.


Easy Way to Cut Corn 2


Tip: Restaurant Recommendations Made Easy with OneDay!

Posted by on Sep 10th, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Sometimes I don’t realize how inefficient I am until someone shows me a better way. Like when people ask me for restaurant recommendations.

What I used to do: 1) Search my email for the last time I sent someone my recommendations list. 2) Add to the list with whatever my brain can conjure up at the moment that I think that person might like. 3) If I have time, look on Yelp to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Of course, my email is so super organized that I can instantly find the email I’m looking for. Not!

What I do now: Pull up a map from OneDay and share it! So much easier!



Summer Squash, Corn and Quinoa Salad

Posted by on Aug 7th, 2014 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks, Entrees | 0 comments

Summer Squash Corn Quinoa Salad

I’ve been thinking about what easy summer salad recipes I could make, and have been so excited to see all the summer produce at the farmer’s market. I go almost every Sunday, and it never gets old. Squash, corn, tomatoes, strawberries, plums…I want to buy everything! Some are so freaking cute, I can’t help myself – like these summer squash. I’ve never cooked with them before, I don’t even know what they’re called, but I wanted them.

Summer Squash Corn and Quinoa Ingredients


Savory Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by on Jul 8th, 2014 in Soups | 1 comment

Savory Butternut Squash Soup

Since I started learning how to cook, I discovered that making soup is pretty easy peasy. I don’t know why I used to be so intimidated by the thought of making soup! Of course there’s a lot more sophistication/refinement to develop in my technique, but as a newbie, I’m happy with the results so far.


Kale Chips

Posted by on May 31st, 2014 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks | 1 comment

Kale Chips


I love living in Cali, where the farmers’ markets have an abundant assortment of produce.  On a whim, I picked up a bunch of kale at the farmers’ market a couple of weeks ago.  I had never made kale before but had lots of ideas I wanted to try.


Waikiki Must Eats!

Posted by on May 10th, 2014 in Restaurants & Travel | 1 comment

One of the best things about vacationing is trying out all the local foods and restaurants.  Last month, we were in Honolulu for a few days and had several standout food experiences.  Here are the highlights.


Marukame Udon


Marukame Udon

Chinese Tea Egg Recipe for Chinese New Year!

Posted by on Jan 29th, 2014 in Appetizers, Sides & Snacks, Chinese | 2 comments

Chinese New Year starts this Friday!  Chinese holidays always make me wish that I was a kid again, at home with my family.  When I feel like that, not even alcohol can make me feel better.  Only food can.  So I decided to experiment with some Chinese tea egg recipes.

Chinese Tea Eggs

We used to eat Chinese tea eggs all the time growing up.  Now, not so much.  I don’t even see it very often in Chinese cafes or delis up here in the Bay Area.  Maybe my tea egg radar is a little off, guiding me to the wrong places.


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