Raw Bar with Asian Mignonette (Oysters and Clams)

If I were stuck on a tropical island, I’d make sure I brought an oyster and clam opener knife thingy. All those oysters…ALLLLL MINE…wait. Do oysters and clams even grow in the tropics? If they don’t, well…they SHOULD. What’s the point of being stranded on an island if there are no oysters to be eaten? Normally, I only eat raw …

Kobe Beef Steak Burgers on CBS

Yesterday I got to do a live segment on CBS on location at a restaurant right in the heart of hoppin’ Superbowl frenzy. It was my first time doing a live segment outside of the television studio, and honey, I gotta say that it’s SO MUCH FUN! My segment’s theme was “Affordable Luxuries” and I wanted to feature Kobe Style …

Chinese New Year Recipes – Party Like It’s 4707!

Don’t put away your party shoes just yet! I know you think that the new year celebrations are over, but for many Asians all over the world, the biggest holiday is yet to come! January 26th is the beginning of Chinese New Year, a 15-day long celebration and the start of year 4707 according to the Chinese calendar. Each year …

Lychees, Longan, Rambutan!

A beautiful Asian tropical salad with a pineapple “bowl” – canned longan, lychee, rambutan paired with some fresh tropical fruits. Some of my favorite fruit come in cans. I’m not talking about tasteless, mushy pears or the stained red maraschino cherries, but the Asian stuff like lychee, longan and rambutan. These are fruits that I can rarely find fresh in …

100 Flower Blossoms- a beautiful beginning for Chinese New Year

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I asked my Mom for a couple of Chinese New Year recipes to give to you, and here is one she came up with, called 100 Flower Blossoms. This dish is meant to wish you a blossoming and beautiful beginning in the new year. Mom chose broccoli and cauliflower for their plentiful florets, and the carrot slices to add an …

Cannellini Bean Spread Recipe

I wrote and rewrote this paragraph four times (Can you see the groove the delete key has made?), and each time I failed to capture just exactly what I want to say. So, at the risk of sounding like an infatuated, love-struck married woman, I’m just gonna put it out there: Chef Kurtis Jantz: honey, you’re a tease. On a …

Bok Choy Recipe

photo of Bok Choy (learn about bok choy) – so vibrant and tender! I’m going to tell you to do something that is totally contrary to many Asian cookbooks out there. And yeah, it also flips my motto, “Hot Wokky, No Stickky” on its head. Okay, ready? Cold Wokky, Very Garlickky. The problem with using a very hot wok or …

Honey Soy Skirt Steak with Shitake Mushroom Recipe

Honey Soy Skirt Steak with Shitake Mushrooms Recipe

The trouble with food writers writing about their favorite things is that one of two things usually happens: Either the product runs out or the prices get jacked up. Sometimes with enough hype, both happen. It pains me so much that I used to be able to buy skirt steak for $1.99 per pound at the market. For years, skirt …