Xiao Long Bao – Shanghai Steamed Soup Dumplings

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Inspired by Bon Appetit’s May issue featuring Xiao Long Bao and deliciously elegant Kuidaore, I decided to try making XLB for the first time. If you’ve never had XLB before, its one of those foods that you absolutely must try in your lifetime. Inside the dumpling are little pockets of gelatinized broth made from chicken, pork and cured ham. When you steam …


Dear Husband….

Dear Husband, Mother’s Day is on May 13th and as a just in case security measure, I’ve installed Microsoft Outlook’s newest upgrade called “Outlook SANS 2.0″ which stands for Spousal Automated Nagging System. How wonderful that Microsoft created such a thoughtful product dedicated to ensuring household chores and important dates like anniversaries, birthdays and holidays aren’t forgotten! Every day, from …


Peking Chicken with Steamed Buns

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Oh how I so wish that the title of this post was Peking Duck, not Peking Chicken….sigh….while I’ll go to any lengths to satisfy my cravings, this one was just a little too involved. I mean, I’d have to go buy a frozen duck, defrost it, air-dry in front of a mighty fan for 4 hours, roast it and then eat. By then, my ADHD-like cravings might have gone …


Roasted Baby Eggplant with Caponata Sauce

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Look what I found at the market yesterday! These were so darn cute, about 4 inches in length – I just had to take some of these bright, shiny baby aubergines home with me. Eggplant season generally starts in June, but one of the perks of living in Florida is that we get produce a little earlier in season due to the warmer weather. The babies were practically begging …


Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan) with Oyster Sauce


        How to buy Gai Lan It’s easy to pick out the best Gai Lan, or to see if it is fresh and tender. Select a bunch, look at the ends of the stalk. If they are dry, crusted and shriveled. Don’t buy. The middle of the stalk should ideally be one color – a creamy, translucent …


Can You Spot the Fake Smile?

hint: in one picture i was gritting my teeth, thinking, “take the *&!#?@!!” picture already” Ok, this is totally unrelated to food, spam or sperm. Don’t be too shocked, guys. This is officially classified as a Genuine Time-Waster. In fact, I just created a new category for my posts, because I feel its my duty to scour the web to …


Killer Cajun Shrimp & Crawfish


Ok, I’ve finally written down my recipe for Killer Cajun Shrimp – which is now the ONLY reason I would ever move back to California. (My other reason is no longer valid!) Los Angeles is home to the famous, Killer Shrimp, a restaurant that only serves 1 dish…Killer Shrimp. But you do have choices. You can order Killer Shrimp with Bread, …


Espresso con Panna

My 3:00pm caffeine fix: Espresso with a dollop of whipped creme – Espresso con Panna! My routine is even more special with my brand new Bodum Pavina Double Walled Glass. Those are 5 beautiful words which means, “Expensive, breakable, don’t drop me” Just kidding – they weren’t that expensive, about $7 each. They are hand-blown and simply gorgeous. I love …


Pecan Crusted Tilapia with Honey Glaze


I spent 6 years of my childhood living in North Platte, Nebraska during the 70’s when the local census guy officially determined there were 4 Asians living in the town – me, my brother, mom and dad. Really. Like tax dollars could have been spent on something more useful, like building a cultural center to attract more than just red necks to the town. So, what did the 4 Asian …

My First Article for Well Fed Network

I’m now a writer for Well Fed Network! My first article, Big on Base, is featured on www.wellfed.net and www.cooksmarter.net. I’ve been an avid reader of their website and very happy to join their team. I’ve been on the Internet since the days of 14.4 dialup speeds. I used to work for an Internet company back in the day when …


Fried Rice with Coca Cola Sauce

Yesterday, a reader typed in “Fried Rice with Coca Cola Sauce” in a search engine and landed on my website. (I can tell by the blog stats) Nope. I don’t have that recipe. But hey, it sounds SO interesting and strange that I think I’ll have to just play mad scientist. Has anyone ever heard of this or can come …