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Thanksgiving Dinner – Our First Turducken

[Translate] Thanksgiving came and went this year. I’ve celebrated this food-filled holiday with my family starting with the traditional New York breakfast of smoked salmon and piping hot, fresh bagels from my local bagel shop, and some delectable pastries and tarts from the fantastic bakery Breads Bakery. (more…)

Celebrating International Bacon Day 2014

[Translate] International Bacon Day is today! It seems pretty convenient that this year it falls on the long Labor Day weekend so if we overindulged in bacon-centered dishes, we can either sleep it off or go on a longer workout to burn it off. At any rate, the inaugural Famrland Bacon Treasure Hunt is commencing and folks who are located in Denver, St. Louis and Kansas City can participate. But us New Yorkers will celebrate by baking, cooking, and eating a whole bunch of bacon. Trust me, when you have a bacon loving boyfriend, he thinks this is Christmas and..

Chinese New Year Dinner 2014 – Traditional Dishes & Spice and Herb Salt Crust Duck

[Translate] Happy New Year! Good luck in the Year of the Horse! 恭喜發財! 馬年行大運! My family and I ended up serving a mix of traditions, so to speak, for our new year dinner. The dessert you see above, is a rich and delectable macadamia shortbread brownie. The buttery, delicately crisp shortbread just melds with the fudgy brownie perfectly that if I left my weight consciousness at the door, I would have eaten the entire batch by myself. Of course, we did make and ate the simple traditional sweet of nian gao (my recipe). Chewy and tasty, and symbolically give us..

Easter at Home & Homemade Peking Duck (Recipe)

[Translate] Homemade goose fat biscuits topped with sliced Johnston Country Ham and poached eggs Easter, or any major holiday, is always a feast at home. Since I have this wonderful ham from Johnston Country Hams, I couldn’t resist starting Easter morning with homemade goose fat biscuits (it’s based mainly from this recipe, except one third of the fat is with Kerry Gold butter) topped with sliced the said ham, poached eggs and a smear of Dijon mustard to cut the salt and flaky biscuit. Of course, there’s more… (more…)

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner 2013 – Braised Abalone & Roast Foie Gras and Truffled Chicken

[Translate] On Saturday, February 9th my family and I celebrated this years’s Chinese New Year Eve, the Year of the Snake, by cooking a storm. Nothing particularly new about that generally except our menu has changed slightly compared to last year. As always, dishes cooked or baked during this holiday have a symbolic meaning to it, generally about happiness, bringing good fortune and health. There’s the traditional fat choy (髮菜), dried scallops, dried oysters, dried shiitake mushroom soup that has a whole range of umami, musky seafood flavors. This dish’s significance is about bringing wealth into the new year. (more…)

Dim Sum at Home

[Translate] The spread… It’s been a hectic week to say the least. The superstorm Hurricane Sandy pummeled through New York City and the tri-state area pretty bad. To save you the details, all I have to say is that my family and I feel fortunate we’re all OK. To celebrate this feel of gratefulness, if you will, we ended up cooking at home this morning and cooked up some dim sum dishes. Beyond my dad’s signature Chinese BBQ pork, we had… (more…)

A Quinoa-Centered Meal

[Translate] I am very excited to be part of Foodbuzz’s 24×24! Bowl of uncooked quinoa and The table setting My family dinner was focused on quinoa. Quinoa is sort of like couscous except it’s a protein-rich grain (not a pasta like couscous) and it tastes nutty when eaten alone. The quinoa I used (according to its package instructions), ask for a 2:1 ratio (by volume, as in 2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa) of boiling water to quinoa and after it absorbs the liquid for 15-20 minutes, you’d fluff it up with a fork like couscous. (You can find..

Chinese New Year Eve 2012 with Pat LaFrieda’s Whole Pig, Roasted

[Translate] Chinese New Year tray of togetherness, chocolates, tangerines; Pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios; Oolong tea and pistachios on the side Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! 恭喜發財! In Cantonese, Gong Hay Fat Choy! I wish you all much prosperity and happiness in the new year of the Dragon! One of the most important days of this holiday is New Year’s Eve. If you were in my family’s kitchen, you’d be stuck in there the day before preparing, rehydrating, chopping, and marinating a whole bunch of ingredients preparing for dishes to cook for this holiday. While in between, we snack on pistachios..