One of the hottest chili peppers in the world, the Ghost Pepper is insanely spicy and not for the faint of heart or stomach. Known also as Bhut Jolokia, Ghost Chili, Red Naga, this hybrid chili pepper originates from the Assam region in northeast India. “Bhut” means “ghost” and “Jolokia” means “chili pepper” in the […]
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Essential Mooncake Guide: Tools for Making Mooncakes
Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching and mooncakes are essential treats for celebrating this festive holiday. Making mooncakes at home isn’t difficult at all. They take a bit of time but the process is a lot of fun! There’s a touch of artistry involved but you don’t need to be a pastry chef to make beautiful mooncakes. […]
Essential Mooncake Guide: Mooncake Molds
Mooncake molds are important tools for making beautiful mooncakes. It’s from the mold that mooncakes get the imprinted designs and motifs. There are lots of different mooncake molds but which one is the best to use? In this post, Part 2 of a three-part series on mooncakes, I’ll share several basic mooncake molds plus some […]
Essential Mooncake Guide – Types of Mooncakes
Mooncakes are essential treats for celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (Tết Trung Thu) and the different types of mooncakes and combinations may be a bit bewildering. No exaggeration, this festive lunar holiday would not be complete without these beautiful cakes to enjoy. Nowadays mooncakes are available in plethora of flavors, shapes and sizes. Whether you’re buying from the […]
Broken Rice (Com Tam) – What Is It?
Broken Rice (Com Tam) is a popular type of white rice served with many Vietnamese dishes. You often see it in rice plates featuring a combination of grilled meats, egg meatloaf, salad and pickles. What exactly is Broken Rice? How does Broken Rice differ from regular white rice? How do you cook Broken Rice? I […]
My Top 5 Uses for a Salad Spinner (and It’s Not Just for Salad!)
This post shares My Top 5 Uses for a Salad Spinner, my kitchen workhorse and all-time favorite kitchen gadget. Many of you may recognize my Oxo Salad Spinner from my videos. It’s my steadfast kitchen companion and I can’t imagine cooking without it.
My Gardening Adventures – Summer 2018
Gardening is another hobby I really enjoy along with cooking. I love it when I can snip herbs from my garden to add fresh flavor and aroma to a dish. As a novice gardener, I keep things small and simple so it’s manageable. I have a planter box garden which my husband built using basic […]
Zwilling Spirit Cookware Set – Product Review
The Zwilling Spirit Cookware Set has been my steady kitchen companion for over a year now and I’d like to share my thoughts on this pots and pans set. I love kitchen purchases and am always excited to share new products with you. My practical and analytical sides, however, want to use the product, put […]
Chinatown, San Francisco – One Day Excursion
Chinatown, San Francisco is an iconic cultural destination in northern California. Known as the oldest Chinatown in America and one of the largest outside Asia, it’s an eclectic neighborhood filled with tourist hot spots, food markets, restaurant and eateries, specialty shops, cultural destinations and more. A visit to this charming district in San Francisco, California is […]
Okara / Soy Bean Pulp – Nutritious and Delicious, Don’t Throw It Away!
Okara is soy bean pulp, the leftover solid once soy milk is passed through a nut milk bag. Many people don’t know what to do with this residual pulp and it seems such a waste to throw it out. Good News! Okara is perfectly edible, wonderfully nutritious and very easy to include in your favorite […]