Review: iDevices Bluetooth Kitchen Thermometer

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I love this thing! No more having to wonder if my timer went off (while I’m in a different room). My phone syncs with the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and will zap me when the food is done (just kidding – it just beeps). Or how about when the grill is outside and you’re inside the house?!   Review of the …

Chinese Boiled Peanuts Recipe

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Alongside fire-roasted chestnuts, Boiled Chinese Peanuts are sold as cheap street food in China. It’s a cold-weather thing, and I know I’m posting this recipe in the dead heat of the summer, but I am missing real Chinese food….a little nostalgic for humble eats. Raw peanuts are boiled in water with cinnamon sticks, star anise, garlic cloves and a little salt. …

Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Steak Recipe

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Here’s what you’ll learn: Why skirt and flank steak are perfect for this dish How to cut the steak to guarantee most tenderness Nathan’s marinating method How to cook mai-fun (skinny rice noodles) in 30 seconds How to julienne a cucumber in 30 seconds This is a recipe long overdue, the amazing Field to Fork dinner hosted by our local CSA, …

Biggest Fans

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Meet my biggest fans. My parents and their Cantonese Karaoke Group….all wearing my Steamy Kitchen “Keep Calm and Wok On” shirt. My parents live in Las Vegas, which for them is an ideal place to retire. Cheap buffets, lots of shows and concerts and a thriving Chinese retirement community. I think it took a couple of years before my parents …

Grow: Aquaponic Strawberry Runners

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This is just a quick fun little “how to” post on how we are propagating strawberry runners in our aquaponics garden. This method will also work well in a hydroponic system as well. Surprisingly simple, effective and inexpensive method makes quick work of expanding your strawberry patch or replacing older plants. we obviously need to expand the number of strawberry …

Mom’s Chinese Chicken Soup

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Hi! I’m Andrew Hair, the older brother. I just turned 11 years old last week and my Mom asked me to pick a recipe to make for you. I chose Mom’s Chinese Chicken Soup. Actually, to tell you the truth, it’s Po-Po’s (grandma) Chinese Chicken Soup. I don’t know why my Mom took credit for it. HAHA. I like this …

Grow: Harvest Grow Bags Review

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I will be upfront about this, Architec Housewares reached out to us with information about their Homegrown Gourmet product line. I was immediately interested as one of their first lines read “It’s the first of its kind to offer home growers all the tools they need to grow, serve and preserve their own homegrown produce.” Right down my alley. We …

Grow: Aquaponincs, what to do when disaster strikes

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Now I will admit I am a lazy gardener. If there is an easier, simpler way of growing my own food then I will try it. The ease of an Aquaponics garden is one of the things that appealed to me. Once an aquaponic garden is set and running, for the most part it is really simple gardening. Very little …

Nathan’s first hamburger buns recipe

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This is a post from my son, Nathan, who is 9 years old. It’s his very first post!   When I grow up, I want to take over Steamy Kitchen and teach kids how to cook. Dad will like to teach kids how to garden and grow their own food with aquaponics. But, I’m not going to talk with Dad about it …

Amazing Wok Invention

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I’d like to say I’m venture capitalist. Or at least pretend to be one. I’ve backed just a total of 96 startup projects via Kickstarter and Indiegogo. If you count the additional six projects that I pledged funding to but didn’t succeed, that’s 105 companies that I’ve invested in. Although, I think I need to reclassify my activity as a “hobby” instead …

Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth

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How to cook 15 Minute vegetarian and gluten-free Indian Chickpea Dal (garbanzo bean) with Basmati Rice. From Silk Road Vegetarian Cookbook. Recipe + Video

A beginner again

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I grew up very typical Asian-American. Which means, all those funny “signs that you were raised by Asian immigrant parents” – ABSOLUTELY TRUE!! Okay, well not all of it, but certainly the mandatory piano lessons part. The lessons were fun, but the daily practice was excruciatingly painful. I hated practicing so much that Mom made me set the kitchen timer so …