Go Global with 8 Edible Hiding Spots for your Easter Eggs


An Easter Tradition Easter Eggs are a thing in our house. We dye them. We decorate them. We gobble them up in two's (it's funny how a purple or green shell can make an ordinary egg taste eggstraordinary). When I was little Mom hid these boiled treats in the yard and, after we found them we ate them, still-warm from the sun. Today plastic eggs have taken over - probably because of one too many tummy aches after an overly hot Easter. But the kids don't seem to notice; they scramble to collect … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: China


You might not believe me when I say this, but I love mean chefs. The chef reputed to be one of the "meanest" at the Culinary Institute of America was my Cuisines of Asia chef. I was terrified at the thought of taking his class. After all, I was not an experienced sous chef, like many of the students. In fact, prior to the CIA, I was mostly just a book nerd who loved food history and experimenting in the kitchen. However, in the three weeks I was in his class, I quickly learned that what … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup


Serves 4 Hot and sour soup is great to chase away the sniffles. Perfect soup for a chilly fall evening. Ingredients: 1cup rehydrated, sliced wood ear mushrooms 1 quart chicken stock 1 tsp minced ginger 1 hot chili pepper (sliced if you want heat, leave whole for mild heat) 3/4 lb boneless, skinless chkn thighs thinly sliced 1/2 cup sliced bamboo shoots 1/8 cup soy sauce-1/4 cup splash shao hsing wine 1/8 cup rice vinegar 14 oz. extra firm, sliced tofu 1 egg healthy pinch … [Read more...]

Recipe: Hot and Sour Cucumbers


Serves 4-6 as a condiment This side dish from north china is crispy, spicy and tart. A great condiment for heavy meat dishes. Ingredients: 1 Asian or English cucumber, sliced on a bias 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 1/2 tsp ginger, minced 1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced 1 chili pepper, crushed 3 mushrooms, sliced 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp water 2 tsp brown sugar Method: Heat sesame oil over medium heat. The smell is wonderful and nutty. ¬†Add garlic... And ginger.. As soon as … [Read more...]

Recipe: Moo Shu Pork


Serves 2-4 However you spell it, Moo Shu (mu sh00, mu shu, etc) Pork is great Chinese food. Simple and quick, you'll make this recipe over and over again. Ingredients: 3/4 lb pork shoulder, sliced thinly across the grain For the marinade: 3 Tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 1/8 cup cornstarch 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp oyster sauce For the sauce: 1 Tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 2 Tbsp oyster sauce 3 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp sugar For the stir-fry 1 tsp minced ginger 3 … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: China

This first video is just a thirdy second Travel Channel promo but I couldn't believe the beautiful shots of Northeast China - I had no idea this area was so extremely COLD and architecturally stunning. It certainly makes me appreciate our 70 degree weather here in Tulsa, Oklahoma! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y_SqitVDjc Bourdain eats roast duck in China: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pogvpYE0vCI Bourdain eats Dim Sum in Hong … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: China

Hundred Year Old Egg, courtesy of Kowloonese

My new favorite proverb comes from China: "Never hit a dog with a meat-bun." The saying indicates that punishment with a reward is doomed for failure, and that one must be careful when choosing how to solve problems. A traditional Chinese place setting includes the following items: bowl plate chopsticks spoon warm, damp towels (instead of napkins) Chinese aphrodisiac foods (the kind that make your heart go pitter-patter) include: shark fin swallow nest tiger … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chinese Pancakes with Green Onion


Makes about 8 pancakes Chinese Pancakes are quick and easy to make... and wonderful for scooping up stir-fry. The key to obtaining the characteristic chewy texture is to use boiling water. Make sure you use a healthy dose of salt to flavor the dough. Serve with Moo Shu Pork. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup boiling water pinch salt 2 scallions, sliced thinly sesame oil, as needed Method: Add flour and salt to a food processor... Add boiling water ... boiling … [Read more...]