The Great Vanilla Bean Giveaway

The saffron contest was so much fun, I decided to do another contest, The Great Vanilla Bean Giveaway from As I mentioned previously, this is a company that provides amazing quality vanilla and saffron at some of the best prices I have ever seen. I’m not getting paid to promote their product, I approched them with the idea of …

Grilled Whole Fish on Banana Leaf

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There are times when I should just shrug my shoulders in defeat, lay the camera down and just go make myself a Bloody Mary. Only after the first sip would I grab a blank sheet of paper, a black sharpie marker and just draw you a picture of my dish. Because there is no such thing as a good-looking dead …

Perfect Steamed Rice Recipe


I’m writing this post after climbing a portion of the Great Wall of China earlier this afternoon, where I had one of the most humbling moments in my life. But let me back up for just a sec and explain why I’m China in the first place…..

Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese

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Simple recipe for Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe from cookbook author Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

This Morning’s On-Air Results!

Thank you guys for almost 750 votes – to help me decide which food blogger dish I should cook live on TV this morning. I’m here to report back the results…. It went fantastically well! It was my fourth time cooking in front of a camera…(i.e. talking, cooking, smiling at the same time with no boo-boos or naughty words) and …

Hairy Asian Fruit: Rambutan

Why is it that Asian fruit is just so strange looking? This is called Rambutan from Southeast Asia. The outer skin is almost leathery and the spines are piable, plasticy. Maybe whoever inveted velcro stumbled upon a basket of Rambutan. The texture of the fruit is firm, slightly crisp/crunchy, juicy with hints of melon, honey and very similar to Lychee. …

Free Saffron Drawing!

My dear friends, I have a nice little gift for you. ::tap dancing with excitement!!:: A few weeks ago, I ordered my yearly supply of Saffron from my fav supplier. I wrote to them, asking if they be willing to donate some saffron for a contest that I wanted to hold – and they generously said, “YES!” I’m not talking …

15 Minute Asian Noodles


During freshman year of college, I lived off of Kraft mac ‘n cheese and Cocoa Puffs. Not because I couldn’t cook-but because Mother never let us have awful artificially flavored junk food in our household since it would “OH MY GOD, ROT OUR TEETH.” Never mind that our home had chipped lead paint, asbestos in the attic and …