Bring home the bacon, baby!

Scott is a semi-professional poker player -and I say “semi” because: a) he’s got a business he tends to 10am-6pm and he plays poker in the evening after the boys go to bed b) I think my mother would freak out if she thought my husband, the man of the house, provided for the …


Behind the Scenes at ABC

If you are curious to see what happens behind the scenes when I’m cooking live on TV – as part of the morning news broadcast – here it is. I brought along my super cool point-and-shoot camcorder, the Flip Video Ultra and gave you a tour of the studio and kept it rolling while the TV cameras…


Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Cups with Tropical Fruit Salsa


I just read an article about a man in India who created a tree that grows 300 varieties of mangoes. Although the original tree is more than 80 years old, this man has grafted different mango saplings onto it. It’s kind of neat and strange at the same time. But, it got me thinking: If I could have one tree …


Figs With Bri needs our help

Bri is one of the 5% of women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 30. That was two and a half years ago. In her words, “I was 28 … I was told I would need a mastectomy (full removal) of my right breast. It was horrifying and surreal. Particularly since I watched my mom…


Sesame Shrimp with Honey Mustard Sauce

It never fails that at least twice a day, I’m asked, “so when are you gonna start your own restaurant?” My reply is always the same, “only when I have an extra million in the bank and I don’t have to worry about making money.” I know a restaurant is just too much…


Sign of Things to Come + Cookbook Update

I was eating cold slices of leftover grilled steak and just had to take a photo. I love happy meat! The arranged slices are out of order – I had already eaten half of the steak by the time I noticed. But wouldn’t it have been fun to arrange them in order, fan through them like one of those…


Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Thanks to two of of my fellow Asian bloggers WhiteOnRice and Wandering Chopsticks, I learned a few secrets to some great recipes that I shared on TV last month…come take a look at the video. When you get to ABC’s site, click on FEATURED VIDEO right below recipe name. Vietnamese iced coffee is almost like a dessert to me – …


Asian Flavored Sea Salts

from Steamy Kitchen food column in Tampa Tribune If I had to just choose one thing, “my killer app” in the kitchen, it would be salt. It doesn’t matter what cuisine I’m cooking, salt is the basis of flavor in a savory dish. Call me a salt snob, but I stay away from the regular table salt, mainly because it …


Why did the chicken cross the road???

This one is funny….and sure to make you laugh! Ok, you’ve probably have already read this joke in your emails…but I want to hear what you think food celebs would say? Martha? Rachael Ray? Guy Fieri? Morimoto? Flay? Martin Yan? Chairman Kaga? <–that would be a funny one!