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Halloween Candy Inspired Cocktails

Snickertini. Peppermint Pattini. Starburst Martini. Almond Joy Martini. See this sexy woman right here? (my husband saw this photo and said, “cocktails? what cocktails?!”) This is Jessie Jane Lee, a very talented bartender who helped me mix, taste test some fantastic drink recipes for Halloween. Come read all about it and the get recipes on Steamy Kitchen on TLC!

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Pioneer Woman’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I know there are certain foods that I really shouldn’t mess with, one of them being fried chicken. And after all these years of cooking, last week was the very first time that I made real buttermilk fried chicken without tinkering, gourmetizing or ethnic-tizin’ with funky ingredients like panko, garam masala, five spice or corn flakes. Just fried chicken straight …

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Gyoza Recipe (Japanese Pan-Fried Dumplings)

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Hello friends! Please say hi to Rachael, who’ve I’ve been mentoring in the blog-world as a Steamy Kitchen intern. She’s a kick-ass gyoza ninja and I’ve asked her to write up her super-secret recipe for these savory pan-fried Japanese style dumplings. Rachael lived in Japan for a number of years and here’s her story and a step by step photo …

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Swiss Onion Soup on TLC

My husband, Scott, is a big French onion soup fan, ordering it whenever possible when we’re eating out. For me, though, the traditional French version is just a little too rich, too heavy for my tastes. All this time, I thought what Scott liked about the soup was its full-bodied, sweet beefy stock and the heady cognac. Because, that’s a …

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Matsutake Mushroom Dobin Mushi Recipe

One of my favorite cooking shows of all time is the original Iron Chef. No, not the modern version that plays over and over on Food Network right now, but the one taped in Japan with the silly English dubbing that always cracks me up. The episode that I drooled most over was “Battle Matsutake.” Matsutake Tempura?! Oh hello lover! …

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Bacon Blue Cheese Butter on Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes, Vegs…

The world has gone bacon crazy, and unfortunately it has nothing to do with the food item actually made from pork belly. I’m talking about products sold in tubes, squeeze bottles, jars, cans and tablets, all flashing the word “Bacon!” as it’s only selling point and not an ounce of real pork in its ingredients. Apparently, that one word is …

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Miso Soup Recipe

Step by step video for 10 minute miso soup recipe with Jaden Hair and Food Network Star Aarti Sequiera.

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Chinese Boiled Pork Dumplings

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My mom is a Chinese dumpling wrapping queen. She can mix up a batch of filling ingredients and fold them into perfect, little half-moon dumplings faster than the time it takes me to set the table. Mom will usually sit at the breakfast table facing the television and while watching her favorite Chinese soap opera, she’ll be pleating those suckers …

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Kickin’ Tequila Shrimp on Tasty Kitchen

I know you know my friend Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, right? Of course you know her! Ree one of my fav bloggers – she’s just as genuine, funny and gracious in person as she is on the blog. I’ve even spooned with her. I can’t believe that I haven’t mentioned Ree’s latest adventure to you before, it’s simply addictive, …

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Summer Shack’s Famous Pan Roasted Lobster

Lobster is one of those foods that are too damn expensive. Where I live, a lobster is around $18.99 per pound, which is ridiculous for the amount of food you actually get from a single lobster! However, if you’re calculating cost based on how LONG it takes to eat and savor the food item, then lobster’s a pretty good deal. …

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Fresh Pear and Shrimp Stir Fry

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Every time I’m back in Hong Kong, I head straight for a good dim sum restaurant. If you haven’t had dim sum before, it’s as close to competitive eating as I’ve ever experienced. And I’m not talking about the amount of food consumed, either. In Hong Kong, many dim sum restaurants don’t have a nice, orderly wait list, buzzing beepers …

Giveaway – Come Vacation With Us!

See all these happy people? That’s because it’s a photo of food bloggers on a beach at Club Med, shot taken by my friend Morgan on Matt’s camera, posed and positioned by Diane (I didn’t want you to think that we did the whole timer thingy and then ran and posed naturally Calvin Klein! Now THAT would be strange!) Left …