Fun Finds

Tiny Bubbles! Send clouds of tiny bubbles skyward with this quick trick from Family Fun Green Apple Compost Crock from Lake Land (Price is in Pounds, Amazon sells a similar apple compost crock in red) Microwave Sea Salt Caramels from The Yummy Life Rubber Boot Tray from Ballard Designs Breakfast Galette from Cafe Fernado Buttermilk Cream Tart with Apple Roses …

Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

Miso Ginger Asparagus

A reader asked me what miso paste tastes like, while she has enjoyed miso soup at Japanese restaurants, she couldn’t quite imagine what cooking with miso paste would be like. So what flavor dimension does miso paste add to a dish? If I had to just choose one single word, I’d say “umami” which is just a fancy foodie term …


Giveaway: SnapIt Screen Capture

SnapIt Screeen Capture GiveawayIncluded in this giveaway:one (1) copy of SnapIt Screen Capture SoftwareFrom SnapIt:SnapIt Screen CaptureIt is a very convenient tool for bloggers. When you write posts on your blog you need to capture and crop images from different sources – this tool is for you.            Capture anything you see on your PC screen! . . .


Giveaway: Aroma Rice Cooker

Cook your rice perfectly with this digital rice cooker from Aroma housewares. It has digital settings for white rice, brown rice and even has a food steaming function!Aroma Rice Cook and Food Steamer GiveawayThis giveaway includes:one (1) Aroma ARC-1010SB Rice Cooker & Food SteamerFrom Aroma:This model rice cooker and food steamer has our most popular . . .



Coco *loves* the hens….she considers them, “things to chase around” — the hens don’t like Coco much and normally squawk, freak out and run away. Lately, Fireflapper, our golden sex link hen, created a new strategy.  “Aha! a chicken to chase!” Chase! Chase! Instead of flapping wings and running to the coop, Fireflapper steps aside, stays put, right where she …


Giveaway: Snapware Airtight Plastic Food Storage

Today we have some of their airtight plastic food storage items from Snapware which are fantastic for storing just about anything.Snapware Airtight Plastic Food StorageIncluded in this giveaway:one (1) 18-pc Airtight Food Storage Container Set one (1) 8-pc Airtight Food Storage Container Value Pack one (1)6-pc Airtight Food Storage Value Pack  From Snapware:The driving force . . .


Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

Bacalao, pronounced [bah-kah-LAH-oh] is Portuguese dried, salted cod fish. Before refrigeration, fish was dried and preserved in salt to keep in the cellar. There are hundreds of variations of bacalao recipes, but my favorite has always been Bacalao con Patatas (bacalao with potatoes) – however I don’t make it much at home because traditional recipes require too many steps and forethought for …


Giveaway: Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer

Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer Giveaway
The giveaway includes one (1) Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer (A $249 value!)

From Blacktop 360:
More Than a Grill
The award-winning Blacktop 360 Grill-Fryer is more than a grill—it’s a next-level man machine. Specifically designed for social cooking, the futuristic design guarantees you’re the center of the tailgating universe.
It’s a deep fryer, . . .


Chinese New Year Recipes

January 23rd is the Year of the Dragon! Year of the Dragon Prediction (from Chinese Fortune Calendar) “Dragon is a legendary animal and it is symbol of emperor in China. Since the Dragon is coated with mysterious color, Chinese consider that the dragon is unpredictable, untouchable and people cannot see its head and tail at the same time. Therefore, we can …


Grilled Tofu Salad with Miso Dressing

It’s nearly mid-January and I’ve been working hard testing recipes, writing, photographing my next Steamy Kitchen book. Writing a cookbook is possibly one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done – even skydiving holds no candle to obsessing over creating perfect recipes and enticing photos for 12 months. I’ve enlisted one of my best friends, Kelly, to help me …

Fun Finds

Fun Finds

These Inside Out Bowls from Anthropolgie are so pretty! Wrapping idea! Scalloped Paper Bags from The Party Studio Instant outdoor sink—no plumbing required! Found on Stuffed Green Peppers with Brown Rice, Italian Sausage, and Parmesan from Kayln’s Kitchen Van Gogh’s Starry Night made from spices from Geek O System. Raspberry Popsicles from RecipeBoy. Brooks is Lori RecipeGirl’s son! These …