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Buick Discovery Tour 2013 in Morristown, New Jersey

Lobby of The Westin Governor Morris & Buick cars This weekend I was invited to attend Buick Discovery Tour 2013 at The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, New Jersey. It was a collaboration between Food & Wine and Buick with its goals of making memories and lasting impressions with food, wine, and of course, test driving a few Buick cars. I was wondering after being invited was: I’m generally not their typical target consumer and I never drove/own any Buicks or any American car, actually, so I thought, it’s unusual but I attended this event with an open mind. (more…)

Homemade Gluten-Free Pasta and Gluten-Free Pistachio, Candied Orange, Brown Butter Financiers

Weighing out ingredients with JosephJoseph Shell Scale and Cardamom, candied orange, vanilla bean, pistachio financiers I, by no means, am allergic or adverse to gluten or wheat. Heaven forbid, one day I cannot eat my beloved loaves of bread, croissants, and the plethora of cakes and pastries that are based on wheat flours. Or else, I would be incredibly heartbroken. That said, it doesn’t make me curious about gluten-free cooking and baking. I wanted to create gluten-free pasta and some sort of delicious, simple cake. Obviously, I still seek the same wonderful textures that regular cakes and pasta offers but..

Soup Dumplings, aka Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) – The Recipe

Soup dumpling or xiao long bao (小笼包) before cooking and my spread If you notice around the big wide Web and read a couple of food blogs, you might come across the obsessive chatter of soup dumplings or xiao long bao (小笼包), especially if you live in New York City. These baos – or literally translated – buns, originated from Shanghai, China. The Taiwanese popularized these soup dumplings, namely with Din Tai Fung (who actually does make one of the best as well). Since I know how to make dumplings or jiaozi (饺子/餃子), I was thinking making soup dumplings should..

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

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…)

Thanksgiving 2012 at Home

Part of my Thanksgiving table and Schiltz Foods’ uncooked frozen geese products My family has a tradition of being unconventional for any non-Chinese holiday so we tend to experiment our menus beyond the standard turkey as of recent years. This year I opted to try out a family-owned geese producer Schiltz Foods‘ for their amazing geese products and their smoked goose was the star of our dinner table in lieu of the turkey. Here’s what we cooked, baked, drank and ate this Thanksgiving (with a few recipes with the geese products toward the end)… (more…)

Buitoni's Pasta – Chicken Marsala Ravioli and Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti

A bunch of Buitoni’s Chicken Marsala Ravioli and Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti Recently, Buitoni Pasta was generous to ship me a thoughtful package consisting of their limited distribution of fresh filled pastas – Chicken Marsala Ravioli and Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti to experiment, a soft bamboo fiber hand towel, an apron, and a cutting board from Vermont. My personal mission is to create simple, easy but flavorful sauces to enhance the pasta eating experience. Also, it’s summer and we’re all boiling in our own sweat and I don’t want to toil over my stove all day. (Note: These particular flavors..

Buitoni’s Pasta – Chicken Marsala Ravioli and Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti

A bunch of Buitoni’s Chicken Marsala Ravioli and Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti Recently, Buitoni Pasta was generous to ship me a thoughtful package consisting of their limited distribution of fresh filled pastas – Chicken Marsala Ravioli and Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti to experiment, a soft bamboo fiber hand towel, an apron, and a cutting board from Vermont. My personal mission is to create simple, easy but flavorful sauces to enhance the pasta eating experience. Also, it’s summer and we’re all boiling in our own sweat and I don’t want to toil over my stove all day. (Note: These particular flavors..

A Quinoa-Centered Meal

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 quinoa..

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

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 from..