Coco has been with us for almost a month now….and I’m happy to report that’s she’s doing just fine and fitting into our family perfectly, especially the Chinese part of the family. She ate the chicken feet first. Oh you bet I was a proud Chinese mama. I went all Joy Luck Club on her and carried the chicken toy …


Carrot and Zucchini Linguini Salad

The anatomy of the perfect salad for me goes something like this: happy produce + vivid colors + variety of shapes and textures + big crunch topping + light, tangy dressing For Scott and the boys, it’s: cheese + cold, crispy lettuce + cheese + crunchy croutons + cheese + ranch dressing + topping of more cheese Given that, I’ve …


Most creative way to serve spaghetti

This is so creative! I bet the kids would love this. Someone on Twitter said, “I’ve seen it called Trailer Park Calamari!” (via Pinterest) Oh and look what Polish blogger Paula from Just My Delicious made!  


Sushi Rice

Learn how to make sushi rice step by step – on my other site, New Asian Cuisine. Photos and instructions from Hideo Dekura, Brigid Treloar, Ryuichi Yoshii, Authors of The Complete Book of Sushi


Conversation with Exceptional Women

Thanks to food blogging, some of my closest friends in the world are those who I only see a couple times a year. Then there are some who I’ve never actually have met in person yet….like Monica Bhide, food writer and author of Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen. She’s just launched “Conversations with Exceptional Women” and …



I’ve never been much of an exercise person. Okay, okay, I’ve NEVER been an exercise person at all. I once tried spinning, thinking the loud music would quell my inner dialogue of, “my body is in pain. stop.” The classes were great the first few times, but in my fifth class, the instructor put on Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. When …

Giveaway: Little Red Dot Chinese Pork Jerky

If you’ve never tried Chinese style jerky, here’s your chance! It’s sticky sweet, smoky and addictive. I’ve loved them as a kid! Little Red Dot sent me a package that I shared with my kids (their first time trying Chinese jerky) and they’ve been asking for more ever since. ~Jaden*** Little Red Dot Kitchen . . .


Giveaway: Gluten Free Asian Sauces, Dressings, Marinades

Giving away a San-J gift box of 11 Gluten Free Asian sauces, dressings and marinades! I’ve tried 5 of these flavors myself and LOVE to use them as marinades for anything and everything. The Orange Sauce is great as marinade for salmon that I’ll throw under the broiler or on the grill. The Sweet and . . .