Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

Grilled Pinapple Guacamole - Learn how to make this amazing sweet and savory avocado dip and use it as a healthy snack idea or for Taco Tuesday!

I read somewhere that summer is officially over on the blogosphere. Someone shoot me with a water gun and say it isn’t so. Things have been so hectic over here I didn’t take full advantage of the long summer days, the bonfires, and the s’mores.   And while some people would celebrate getting a job […]

Mashed Blueberry Almond Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini

Blending the summery flavors of the Mediterranean and the Midwest with the Mashed Blueberry and Almond Tapenade on Goat Cheese Crostini. It's a simple, light appetizer great for nights spent on the patio with a glass of wine.

There is this guy who drives a semi up and down the Midwest stopping at parking lots as he goes selling crates of Georgia peaches, Michigan blueberries, and pecans. He comes to our town 2 or 3 times a year. That is it. His peaches are sweet and juicy – the kind that results in […]

30-Minute Mapo Tofu

This 30-Minute Mapo Tofu Recipe is bursting with texture and flavor. Here's a meal that's packed with calcium and protein that won't break the bank.

I find it strange that so many of the people I have met say that this is a dish that is hard to make. Not only is this a dish with humble origins, but rumor has it, an old, pock-marked lady created this dish upon being surprised with a visit from a hungry traveler who […]

Chengdu-Style Zha Jiang Mian

You may already know this dish's distant cousin who hails from Beijing. I'd like to introduce you to it's lesser known (but equally delicious) cousin who lives in almost every noodle shop in the area. Give Chengdu-Style Zha Jiang Mian a try. It's smooth, nutty aroma and slight spiciness are sure to give Beijing's treasure a run for its money!

Sometimes I don’t know how to translate my Chinese recipes. This is the perfect example of that. You see, on the menus in the local noodle shops, almost all of them have Za Jiang Mian, a delicious tossed noodle dish made with tahini paste (or unsweetened peanut butter), soy sauce, red oil, and a few […]

Greek Yogurt Curried Chicken and Pineapple

Try this Curried Greek Yogurt Chicken & Pineapple for an easy baked dinner the whole family will enjoy! Ready in 45 minutes!

Eating seasonally isn’t something I do all of the time. It’s not that I don’t like eating seasonally or anything. I mean, I come from a family of gardeners. We were made to weed between the green bean plants when I was young. If we accidentally pulled up the corn plants instead of the dandelions, […]

Salted Chili Pepper Eggplant

This is a simple, roast eggplant salad with lots of chilies, scallions, and a little sesame oil for flavor.

I first wrote this post a week ago…I didn’t even think to wish anyone a happy Chinese New Year! All right, I’m guessing most of you don’t celebrate Chinese New Year…but it’s still fun to wish people a happy new year, so I thought it was worth mentioning. May you all have a joyful and […]

Healthy Cocoa Kumquat Granola Bars


  Sometimes I think it would have been more genuine to visit China 20 years ago. You see, the neighborhood is undergoing some pretty major construction work, and just when I think they are almost finished, metal gates go up on the other side of the street or around the block (or both as it […]

Winter Melon Stir-Fry with Cured Ham and Wood Ear

Winter Melon Stir Fry with Wood Ear Mushroom

This week is all about the Chinese cooking. I’m as surprised as you are! I think it’s the winter vegetable craving. First, we made the ridiculously easy radish soup and now this winter melon (which is actually a gourd, not a melon) – which actually uses up the rest of the broth we had on […]

Chinese Chicken Broth with Ginger and Red Dates

Chinese Chicken Broth with Ginger and Red Dates - a traditional radish soup

Chinese people love to drink warm things. Especially women, women are not supposed to drink cold water –something to do with yin and yang. Men and women alike can seek comfort in the warmth these little bowls provide, given that most restaurants are not heated. And furthermore, I imagine it is cheaper to boil tap […]

Broccoli Pesto #SundaySupper

Broccoli Pesto, a healthy, 15 minute dinner idea

So, given it’s the new year, we’re *almost* (but not really) getting rid of the comfort food, baked goods, and doughnuts. Okay, that’s not entirely true, what I want is to be a more conscious eater. I’d like to be less lazy and be able to throw together a balanced meal, even on nights where […]