That Dinner Party: Taco Fiesta

That Dinner Party: Taco Fiesta

Hello hello! As many of you already know, I love to have people over. Intimate dinners, larger parties – I love them all. I am convinced that in a former life I was an Italian grandmother who loved to feed people. I constantly get asked, Read More

Cai Fan (菜饭) – Rice with greens and Chinese sausage

Cai Fan (菜饭) – Rice with greens and Chinese sausage

I have memories of my mom making this in our old house in our trusty rice cooker, usually during the winter. She would tell me things like “winter bok choy is the tastiest” and “Canadian sausage is the best”. While I didn’t manage to find Read More

Stir-fried Rice Cakes (炒年糕)

Stir-fried Rice Cakes (炒年糕)

As a kid, whenever we went to a Chinese restaurant, especially a Shanghainese restaurant, we would always order stir-fried rices cakes (炒年糕) of some sort — sometimes with cabbage and other times with shepherd’s purse. Since being in New York, I haven’t found a restaurant Read More

Pork Wontons

Pork Wontons

We were a wonton family – we never really made potstickers or jiao zi but wontons, wontons we always had in the freezer. What’s the nuance? If dumplings are the broader category for dough that is wrapped around a filling in a pocket-like form, then Read More

A sliver of Rome: Tomato Ricotta Pasta Recipe

A sliver of Rome: Tomato Ricotta Pasta Recipe

Rome is a walking museum. The entire city is filled with historic monuments, sculptures, buildings, and cathedrals at every turn – history is everywhere. I still remember walking through the streets of Rome, past the Roman Forum, rushing to catch the Colosseum at sunset. Waiting Read More

Eat & Explore: New Orleans

Eat & Explore: New Orleans

New Orleans has been at the top of my intra-US travel list for a while. And it finally happened, though it nearly didn’t. Let’s just say, trying to make a 7am flight after landing past midnight from a different trip isn’t the world’s best idea. Read More