Chinese New Year 2014: What to eat if you want a raise!

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Chinese New Year begins this Friday, January 31, 2014! It’s the Year of the Horse and according to the Chinese fortunetellers, “The Year of the Horse is a time for all people to go forward confidently in the direction of their goals and dreams.” Read all about the Year of the Horse by Lily Choo at Epoch Times. Sounds like …

Healthy Garlicky Spinach Artichoke Dip with Baked Tofu Fries

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  Here’s another way to incorporate more tofu in your life! I developed a series of recipes for Mori-Nu tofu, made Tualatin, Oregon, USA. You’ll love this one! ~Jaden   If you’re looking for a dip for your holiday party – here it is! I was so incredibly surprised testing this recipe – the Garlicky Spinach Artichoke Dip was made with …

Gifts for the Cook: Kitchen Storage and Utensils

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This edition of kitchen product reviews just proves that I need a bigger kitchen! Oxo sent a big box of goodies – my all time favorite kitchen item award now goes to the Oxo 9-Piece Nesting Bowl and Colander. Watch the video to see why! Gift Ideas for the Cook: Kitchen Storage and Utensils     Core Kitchen Grip Strip …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

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If you’re looking for a holiday side dish to complement the turkey, prime rib (or both!), mark this recipe down as a top contender! Not only is this a 5-ingredient dish, but the roasted brussels sprouts are treated to a special ingredient – sweet, red grapes. Let your oven do its magic – 20 minutes is all it takes – …

Holiday Gifts for the Cook

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Here are my top picks for fun and unique holiday gifts for cooks or gourmands! Some are highlighted in video, the rest are below with just photos. ~Jaden Holiday Gifts for the Cook   Fork Knife Chopsticks from Uncommon Goods $10.00 Terra Cotta Chicken Roaster from Ten Thousand Villages $49.00 Set of two Timber Roasters from Rustic Roasters $55.00 Kuhn Rikon Colander Scoop $18.00 …

Pasta Nests – with a bite of Thanksgiving!

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Hi! This is a recipe I’ve created for Mori-Nu Tofu – I try to present to you creative ways to add more healthy tofu in your diet! ~jaden After 10 days of traveling in Hong Kong and Toyko (with brief stops in the beautiful Minneapolis airport), we’re finally home now. It’s nice to come back just in time to get in …

Mummy Halloweenies

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In my 6 1/2 years of food blogging (in Internet years, that’s like 25.2 regular years) I’ve made some darn good friends, even soulmates. One of these gals is known as The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond. Ree and I have been on some crazy adventures together, running barefoot in a Seattle museum, spooning in a Chicago cab, and I even cried …

Roasted Duck with Chinese Steamed Buns

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On the dinner plate, Chicken has been the reigning king of fowl for far too long. I’ve been asking my meat market to stock a more diversified fresh poultry section, but apparently, I’m the only fool asking for such. Any poultry other than chicken and ground turkey gets banned to the frozen foods department: quail, duck, goose and turkey. (Guinea …

Mushroom Tofu Potstickers

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While these may not look like your normal cutely folded potstickers, let me assure you that these are 100% even better. Not only are they easier and faster to fold (No delicate crimping of pleating), they have MAXIMUM crispy crunchy surface! Double win for sure. We ended up folding 100 of these babies. 25 to eat straight away and the …

Fail-proof Easter Ham Recipes

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  I have grand plans for this Easter – but it involves Buddha and God granting a sunny but not too hot day to us. Instead of our usual lavish feast inside the house, I’d love to do a casual Easter picnic in our backyard – something not too fussy yet still special. No family in town this year for …

Curried Beef Dumplings

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This recipe for Curried Beef Dumplings is from Carla Hall’s brand new book, Cooking with Love. Carla is a co-host on ABC’s The Chew and a “Fan Favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars. What I love about this recipe is that it’s sort of a cross between steamed sui mai (dim sum dumpling) and pan-fried potstickers. It’s the best …

Chinese Fried Wontons

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Chinese dumplings are probably one of the most convenient and versatile foods to keep around. 1- They go from frozen to appetizer or dinner in just a few minutes. 2- You can pan fry/steam (like potstickers/gyoza), deep fry, boil or steam. 3- They’ll store in the freezer for months. Dumplings are my emergency food (unexpected hungry visitors!), midnight snack (shhhh….don’t …