Fried Pork Chops with Pineapple Thyme Reduction

    Whatever happened to pork chops? Do people still eat pork chops? Are they celebrated with great joy and gobbled down with sheer food lust like Homer Simpson?  Granted it has been over 13 years since I have lived in my home country so I am not sure if they are still quite as popular…

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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 Rolls

        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 rolls recipe. What was her secret for delicious stuffed cabbage rolls? Sad to say, I…

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

Easy peasy pork tacos Some things are INCREDIBLY easy to cook.  Take for example, these spicy pork tacos.  Just marinate a chunk of pork in the good stuff: garlic, lime, olive oil, chile pepper, then cook it low and slow (as God intended all pork to be cooked).  Cut it into strips, serve it in…

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…

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…