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Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011


Coco has been with us for almost a month now….and I’m happy to report that’s she’s doing just fine and fitting into our family perfectly, especially the Chinese part of the family. She ate the chicken feet first. Oh you bet I was a proud Chinese mama. I went all Joy Luck Club on her […]

May 29, 2011

Carrot and Zucchini Linguini Salad

The anatomy of the perfect salad for me goes something like this: happy produce + vivid colors + variety of shapes and textures + big crunch topping + light, tangy dressing For Scott and the boys, it’s: cheese + cold, crispy lettuce + cheese + crunchy croutons + cheese + ranch dressing + topping of […]

May 29, 2011

Most creative way to serve spaghetti

This is so creative! I bet the kids would love this. Someone on Twitter said, “I’ve seen it called Trailer Park Calamari!” (via Pinterest) Oh and look what Polish blogger Paula from Just My Delicious made!  

May 26, 2011

Fried Smelt

In a previous life, I used to work for a giant booze company. I used to commute between my home in the San Francisco (which was only 7 miles away from the office but took 40 minutes to drive sometimes) to the office near the Embarcadero or to the winery in Napa Valley in my […]

May 25, 2011

Sushi Rice

Learn how to make sushi rice step by step – on my other site, New Asian Cuisine. Photos and instructions from Hideo Dekura, Brigid Treloar, Ryuichi Yoshii, Authors of The Complete Book of Sushi

May 25, 2011

Conversation with Exceptional Women

Thanks to food blogging, some of my closest friends in the world are those who I only see a couple times a year. Then there are some who I’ve never actually have met in person yet….like Monica Bhide, food writer and author of Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen. She’s just launched […]

May 24, 2011


I’ve never been much of an exercise person. Okay, okay, I’ve NEVER been an exercise person at all. I once tried spinning, thinking the loud music would quell my inner dialogue of, “my body is in pain. stop.” The classes were great the first few times, but in my fifth class, the instructor put on […]

May 24, 2011

Skirt Steak Tacos

I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who’s fiercely loyal to their local supermarkets. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient (close to house or office), I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat (though my kids will argue that for them, it’s the variety of […]

May 24, 2011

Giveaway: Little Red Dot Chinese Pork Jerky

If you’ve never tried Chinese style jerky, here’s your chance! It’s sticky sweet, smoky and addictive. I’ve loved them as a kid! Little Red Dot sent me a package that I shared with my kids (their first time trying Chinese jerky) and they’ve been asking for more ever since. ~Jaden*** Little Red Dot Kitchen . . .

May 24, 2011

Giveaway: Gluten Free Asian Sauces, Dressings, Marinades

Giving away a San-J gift box of 11 Gluten Free Asian sauces, dressings and marinades! I’ve tried 5 of these flavors myself and LOVE to use them as marinades for anything and everything. The Orange Sauce is great as marinade for salmon that I’ll throw under the broiler or on the grill. The Sweet and . . .

May 22, 2011

Giveaway: Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club

I’m giving away one copy of Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club by Debi Shawcross!

Also: see a recipe from the book: Grilled Bruschetta with Asparagus & Parmesan Cheese


May 22, 2011

Grilled Bruschetta with Asparagus and Parmesan Cheese

I’m so thrilled to introduce to you Debi Shawcross and her new book, Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club. I have a small group of friends here in my hometown that regularly get together nearly once a week for a dinner party. We often rotate houses, and of course the gathering is built all around […]

May 21, 2011

Egg Nests

Elise of Simply Recipes shows you how to make Egg Nests, a recipe inspired by the whimsically illustrated 1963 French children’s cookbook called La cuisine est un jeu d’enfants, or “Cooking is Child’s Play.” The egg whites are whipped into foam then gruyere cheese is folded in. The egg yolk is carefully nestled in the […]

May 20, 2011

Giveaway: Plate to Pixel Book

One of my very good friends, Helene Dujardin of Tartelette, just came out with her first book called Plate to Pixel!If you love taking photos of food (like all of us food & recipe bloggers!) this book is an absolute treasure of advice. Helene will show you all the tricks of the trade on food . . .

May 19, 2011

What the Frack?

What Will Fracking Do to Your Food Supply? The controversial gas-drilling practice is tainting water. Your food might be next. by Barry Estabrook May 14, 2011 There’s a stunning moment in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, where a man touches a match to his running faucet—to have it explode in a ball of fire. This […]

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