2008: The Year of Steamy Kitchen?

I am sooo bad about keeping secrets. It’s just way too stressful to remember what I can say and can’t, to whom and in what situation, you know? I don’t want the responsibility of keeping a secret, as I’d much rather use that energy for doing more useful things, like this. Cuz here’s the deal. Secrets take up brian space. …


An Ode to Spam in the Style of Seuss

spam fried rice recipe

Before we tie a big, fat bow on this year’s box of ups, down and go-arounds, I‘d like to give props to Spam, the wondrous food that started my relationship with Creative Loafing (the newspaper that I write a weekly food column for) earlier this year when I dared editor Max to lose his …


Tomato Harvest on Christmas Eve + Steamy Kitchen on TV

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These tomato plants were planted 2nd week of October and this is my first tomato harvest, on Christmas Eve. Of course, I don’t consider the green tomatoes that fell off from the branch of my bigger tomato plant that broke as “harvest.” But then again, the term “harvest” …


Scallop Salad with Sweet Vanilla Chili Dressing

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Andrew and I arrived home safely late Monday night. Our trip to Los Angeles was full of Mom’s home cooking – we had Chinese hot pot, fried garlic chili crab, chicken noodle soup with rice noodles, homemade XO chili sauce, and Hainan steamed chicken. Oh it was heavenly and I ate like a madwoman. These trips back to Mom …


Roasted Garlic Killer Shrimp

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Earlier this year, I wanted to change up SteamyKitchen.com’s site design and structure. The current design has served me quite well, but I wanted more features, and let’s face it, given the choice of “same” or “more bling” you know which I’d rear end in a heartbeat.

But the only technical thing I’m good at is the three-finger-salute …


MiMi’s Shortbread Cookies

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When I married my husband, I knew I was also marrying into generations of family holiday traditions. In fact, I think it was written in the marriage contract, squeezed right between not touching his BBQ grill and promising to love him even when he’s 80 years old and I still look 35. The first Christmas together was …


Fried Green Tomato Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing + Menu For Hope

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Because I live in one of the hottest states in the United States, and by “hot” I mean the moment you step outside, the crease in the back of your knees sweat as fast as spinach in a fry pan. In the summer, I curse the humidity, especially when my friends back in San Francisco brag about having lunch alfresco …


Crispy Tofu with Citrus Soy + Steamy Kitchen on TV

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Last month’s appearance on ABC kinda snuck up on me – I didn’t have time to solicit votes on which blogger dish to cook! Sorry about that, I ended up making Rice & Noodle’s Firecracker Shrimp, a dish that I can practically make in my sleep. Well, I practically cooked it in my sleep …


Fresh Ginger Tips

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During cooking classes, my students always say that they love the taste of fresh ginger, but complain that it’s a pain in the butt to peel and chop! Half of the students shamefully admit that they buy the pureed stuff that comes in a jar or tube.


Call me a ginger snob, but that jarred pureed stuff …