Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions

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At the beginning of our Winter growing season, we planted a short row of onions in the raised bed. I’ve been using the long stalks as “green onions”, just clipping what I need. Some of the stalks grew over 3 feet long, and so we had green onions galore so far all year. They taste the same! Since I use …

Our Family Motto: Magical Moments

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I want to share something with you, a video that gives you a little glimpse into our everyday lives. The video is a present from our “family” – Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple. Scott and I had a chance to see them for a few minutes right before our talk at the International Assocation of Culinary Professionals …

Chinese Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp Chinese Style Recipe

My parents grill outdoors quite often, they live in Las Vegas so they can pretty much grill year-round (though I bet during the hottest summer weeks, you could grill directly on the sidewalk). Mom is one of the best hostesses I know, always making sure that there is plenty of food and drink to feed all the guests plus extra …

New Aquaponics System

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The most asked question about aquaponics is “What is aquaponics?” But a close runner up and usually follows the answer to the first by about 2.362518 seconds is “Why aquaponics?” While the question does offer the opportunity for one to climb on the soap box and wax endlessly about the challenges and irresponsibilities of the modern agricultural industry complex, I …

Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish Recipe

I try not to create recipes using strange Asian ingredients that you all might be intimidated in trying, but there are exceptions. No, don’t worry, I won’t be having you ask for soy sauce duck tongue (a delicious Taiwanese beer snack!) or ancient Chinese bitter herbal remedies (blech!) This recipe calls for Chinese Salted Radish or also called Chinese Preserved …

Fail-proof Easter Ham Recipes

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  I have grand plans for this Easter – but it involves Buddha and God granting a sunny but not too hot day to us. Instead of our usual lavish feast inside the house, I’d love to do a casual Easter picnic in our backyard – something not too fussy yet still special. No family in town this year for …

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

Last week, the boys were on spring break (does anyone remember when spring break was actually in Spring?) and we decided as a family to staycation the week instead of braving the crowds at Disney or spending money on traveling. With 5 acres, 2 dogs, 10 chickens, 150 koi fish, it costs us more than just the flight + hotel to …

Healthy Hummus Recipe

Hummus Recipe

Once a week, I head down to Sarasota to meet up with my friends for a “Sit and Spin” at The Good Yarn. My fiber-loving friends will understand what that means, and for the rest of you, it means that I hang out with friends while spinning wool on my Schacht Ladybug. Other than cooking, photography and blogging, I also …

Curried Beef Dumplings

Curried Beef Dumplings Recipe

This recipe for Curried Beef Dumplings is from Carla Hall’s brand new book, Cooking with Love. Carla is a co-host on ABC’s The Chew and a “Fan Favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars. What I love about this recipe is that it’s sort of a cross between steamed sui mai (dim sum dumpling) and pan-fried potstickers. It’s the best …

Coconut Curry Shrimp with Coconut Rice

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There isn’t a curry that I don’t like. Well, as long as the spice level is is not outrageously crazy! This is a seafood curry that I made recently on television, and it’s a Caribbean Creole curry from the cookbook, Flavors of Belize (I made Beef Satay with Habanero Peanut Sauce from the book too). I learned something new from …

Chinese Fried Wontons

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Chinese dumplings are probably one of the most convenient and versatile foods to keep around. 1- They go from frozen to appetizer or dinner in just a few minutes. 2- You can pan fry/steam (like potstickers/gyoza), deep fry, boil or steam. 3- They’ll store in the freezer for months. Dumplings are my emergency food (unexpected hungry visitors!), midnight snack (shhhh….don’t …

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Chinese Egg Drop Soup is one of those dishes that can be made incredibly well as a warming start to a meal…..or done terribly, horribly, no-no wrong. There’s an Asian restaurant near my house, not naming names but *cough* on 53rd Avenue *cough*, who serves Egg Drop Soup that has so much food coloring that it practically glows in the …