Finalist at Whole Foods Recipe Challenge!

My Wonton Noodle Soup is a finalist at the Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge! Can you believe it? Need your help, please. There are 6 finalists and the winner is decided by votes! And because I’m up against blog-friends, Karina, Rachel and Katy. They are all really pretty, super-talented and I love them dearly. But. I’m going to play dirty….real …

Chinese Chicken Salad

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(click on photo for shot-by-shot food styling and photography analysis of some of the photos that led up to the “money shot”) Chinese restaurants in China don’t really have Chinese Chicken Salad on their menus, it’s a creation of Chinese-American restaurants! According to Cecilia Chiang, author of The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco(one of my …

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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When Elise asked me to be a guest writer for Simply Recipes, we decided to take Chinese favorites and make them better, lighter and easier to cook at home. So, I grabbed a take-out menu from the local Chinese restaurant and I will be working my way around those recipes for you. The first dish that popped out was Sweet …

Thai Curry Beef Skewers + Guest Writer for Martha Stewart

I’m a guest writer over at Martha Stewart Everyday Food! Have you been to their website? They’ve got thousands of recipes, all of them simple and perfect for dinner tonight. My kids made Thai Curry Beef Skewers and Grilled Banana with Dark Chocolate for them. Come on over to Martha Stewart Everyday Food’s website and take a look. The recipe …

Meeting Food Network’s Dave Lieberman

So, what do you say to break the ice when you meet one of People Magazine’s 50 Hottest Bachelors?
“bluhbhlubhlbuhbbbbbb…” We’ll I’m going to let you guess what I said (and let you win something cool)

Cardamom Coffee Zucchini Bread

We were quite a boring family when I grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. There just weren’t very many super exciting things for a Chinese immigrant family to do in the small town and we lived on a dirt road, across from the empty field lot, next to the traffic light in the middle of nowhere. Usually on weekends, we’d …