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Archive for August, 2009

August 30, 2009

Best Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

I’ve never been a fan of scones until I met Kathy, the owner of a cooking school that I used to teach at. One afternoon, I walked in with my arms full of ingredients to prepare for a cooking class that I was teaching later that evening. Just as I was putting ingredients in the […]

August 28, 2009

Friday Favorites

This week’s Friday Favorites is from Jess Daniel, Steamy Kitchen’s intern! Next week, you’ll also get to meet La Fuji Mama – Rachael joins our team Steamy Kitchen too. Also, have you notice the blog design change?! A big thanks to Scott, my husband, for collaborating with me on the redesign of the site. Scott […]

August 26, 2009

Foolproof & Super-Easy Cheese Souffle

Simple and foolproof Cheese Souffle Recipe – use 1 mixing bowl, no stiff peaks and no delicate folding!

August 24, 2009

The Splurge of a Lifetime

When you get 5 very passionate food bloggers together in Chicago, there’s only one thing to do. Hoard as many free soda crackers and pretzels as you can to be able to save money and splurge on one evening. at Alinea. The 5 of us: Sara of Ms. Adventures of Italy, Elise of Simply Recipes, […]

August 22, 2009

The most beautiful….

…interactive website I’ve ever seen….and it has nothing to do with food! Can you translate some of the song for me? Soy Tu Aire

August 20, 2009

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Recipe with step by step photos for Hainanese Chicken Rice and soup.

August 18, 2009

Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

When tomato and fresh basil is THIS good, I hate to do anything other than enjoy it fresh in a salad. My Basil Vinaigrette is simple to make, takes 5 minutes in a blender. You’ll love it. I promise. First, the Basil Vinaigrette ingredients: fresh basil leaves, shallots (substitute with onion or garlic), sea salt, […]

August 17, 2009

Baby Corn

Baby corn is young corn, usually eaten whole, yes, cob included. They are boiled, or tossed into stir-fry dishes. Cooking doesn’t change its texture – they are as crunchy and sweet as raw. They can be found fresh in Asian grocers or canned would be an acceptable substitute. While fresh baby corn is incredibly delicious […]

August 14, 2009

Friday Favorites

I’m starting a new feature on Steamy Kitchen called Friday Favorites, mainly because at the end of the week, my mind is already numb from recipe writing, testing and chopping. Well, except this week as I just came back from a relaxing Mexican vacay with this gal which I’ll tell you about later. So, with […]

August 10, 2009

Chinese Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Simple 15 minute recipe for Chinese Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry with step by step photos.

August 9, 2009

Nathan’s Secret to Bowling + Amazon Winner

Last night, on my Birthday Eve (you know like, Christmas Eve, the night before the big day), I told Scott that in the morning, all I wanted for my birthday was to sleep in. There are only two occasions each year where I don’t feel like I need to create a long-winded excuse to sleep […]

August 8, 2009

Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is an essential ingredient in my pantry. It has a nice salty-sweet flavor to it, and you use it very sparingly, like Anchovy paste. A little goes a long way! There are several brands of fish sauce, the best one I have found so far is called “Three Crabs”. Good fish sauce should […]

August 8, 2009


Saffron comes from the stigma of the saffron crocus. It’s no wonder that saffron’s considered one of the most expensive spices: according to Mr. Harold McGee, it takes over 70,000 flowers and about 200 hours of labor to produce only 1 pound of dried saffron. The best saffron is bright red, and not yellow. It’s […]

August 7, 2009

Best Birthday Cakes Ever

David Lebovitz, Deb Perelman and I shot this GoodBite.com video about Birthday Cakes to Die For last month, and I think I’m going change the title to Birthday Cakes to Live For because that’s the point of a birthday, isn’t it?! And it just so happens that my birthday is tomorrow, and if I could […]

August 3, 2009

Chanterelle, Bacon and Plum Salad with Blue Cheese

It’s week 2 of the Summer Fest! Last week we played around with herbs and this week it’s time for fruit from trees. If you haven’t yet heard about Summer Fest, it’s a four-week celebration of fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, even tricks for storing and preserving summer’s best with my co-hosts White on Rice, […]

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