Pork Shoulder and King Oyster Mushroom Stir-Fry

Have you ever eaten something that made you question why you don’teat that exact same thing everyday?  A food that is so tasty, so layered in flavor, succulent, juicy, salty and just a little sweet that you want to eat it again and again?  Something in which there are no more leftovers.  You might even…

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Shanghai Noodles

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

Stuffed Cabbage

        Things I remember about my Ukranian grandmother:  Her Brooklyn accent whenever I talked to her on the phone. She was a big believer of soaking her poultry in brine before cooking. AND 3. Her stuffed cabbage recipe. Sad to say, I never actually met my grandmother in real life since we…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…

Spicy Pork Tacos

          According to a recent study, millennials suck at cooking.  They have difficulty identifying butter knives and are dumbfounded when it comes to roasting a chicken.           In a way, I understand where they are coming from.  Cooking an omelette that hasn’t been torn to pieces, braising…

Pork and Pickled Daikon Stir-fry

When it comes to pickled vegetables, nobody does it better than Asian grandmothers.  They’ve spent years and years stuffing crates of it for their family whilst simultaneously slapping hands away and telling people, ‘You’re doing it wrong.  Go sit down.’  If you ever have the opportunity to avail yourself of an older Asian woman who…

Pork and Celery Stir Fry

  For over a decade, I taught preschool all around the world.  Which means that I have seen kids’ lunches from Seoul to Seattle.  Not only that but I’ve experienced the universal struggle of getting children to sit at a table and eat food.   Whether each meal is delightful or dreadful really depends on what’s…

Amazing Dumplings!!

    Without dumplings, is it really Chinese New Year?  Could it be celebrated without an onslaught of fireworks, red envelopes filled with cash and a big steaming plate of dumplings?  No…它不能!!!!   So, after 5 years or so of living in China, I finally asked a friend’s mother to come and teach me how…