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Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs: 2 Secret Ingredients

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The key to the greatest meatballs, unfortunately, is using tender, fatty ground meat….which is why many of the best recipes include both ground beef and ground pork (and sometimes ground veal). All that fatty richness goes straight to my backside and sometimes I just want a lighter version of meatballs. My first several attempts at healthy-tizing meatballs were all just …

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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries

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Growing up in Nebraska, the closest family was nearly 8,000 miles away in Hong Kong and so our “family” was made of neighbors and co-workers of my Dad at the city utility offices. On the weekends, the adults would play cards, mah-jong (my parents taught everyone!) and have grand potlucks. We spent many weekends with one of Dad’s co-workers, Walt …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Chili Sauce

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For the past 5 years, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), Elise (Simply Recipes) and I have hosted big parties for our food blogging community. It’s sort of a tradition now, anytime the three of us are in the same city at the same time, we just have an urge to get people together, eat, dance and have a merry time. This year’s …

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Tofu Prosciutto Panini

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You probably did a double-take on that recipe title. Tofu? In a Panini? Just try it and you’ll be surprised at how well it does work. Tofu is one of the most versatile foods out there, it plays nice with other foods and just blends in. I’ll be creating a series of tofu recipes, as I’m working with an American …

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles

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It was just last week that I confessed to wasting a lot of food in my line of work during the process of recipe creating and testing. It’s horrible, I know, but at least you’ll have the comfort of knowing that each recipe IS tested and not just made up randomly in my head AND that the food scraps either go …

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Spiralizer Comparison

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My new obsession: vegetable spiralizers! My friend Cheri from The Watering Mouth introduced me to this amazing recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce and ever since we’ve been pulling out all my different spiralizers that I’ve collected and we’ve finally done a really thorough comparison. You can get a great idea of what they all do and which …

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Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe Lime Salsa

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I’m a horrible grocery shopper. I’m compulsive, obsessive and spontaneous all packed into one short human form, pushing a shopping cart. In short, I’m every advertiser’s dream. Grocery shopping and farmer’s markets are my absolute favorite activities (next to petting yarn and fabric, as an avid knitter and new quilter). Some of my most creative time is walking back and …

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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

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Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you serve wings whole like I have in this recipe. Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings are incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy to eat, but …

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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 …

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How we edit food photos

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Hello my friends! This year, I’ve had so many food bloggers ask me how we process and organize all of the tens of thousands of photos and videos on Steamy Kitchen. I thought I’d create a little video on our workflow with my friend and Steamy Kitchen assistant, Cheri Alberts of The Watering Mouth. I’m lucky to have someone so …

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker

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If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat …

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How to Make Curly Green Onion Garnish

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How many times have you just pushed aside that little sprig of herb garnish the chef throws on? The garnish provides a little flair and color to a dish (and if I’m paying $24 for an entree, it better have flair). Thrifty Asians know better than to just flick off the garnish, we eat it! Carrot cut with Japanese vegetable …