As most of you know, Asian cuisine is my forte. Although I do cook many other things, Asian fare is certainly my specialty. That being said, I haven’t been satisfied by just that. I have spent the last year researching, reading and preparing things I never thought I would make. I think too often we find ourselves staying in the safe zone of cooking. Yes, it’s great to have your specialty dishes, but why settle there? For example, desserts are not really a big deal in the Asian culture – sure we have them, but it isn’t that prevalent. I decided it was time I learned how to make desserts – from cookies to shortcakes, pies and layered cakes – I did it! I can’t believe how much I learned – and if I do say so myself, I’ve gotten pretty good at it! My point is, if you want to be a good cook, chef, or whatever title you want to give yourself, the key is to NEVER stop learning and honing your skills! Here I am at 45 just really learning to make desserts. So I challenge you to pick one thing you have never made…but secretly wanted to, research it and MAKE it! I promise you that you will feel so accomplished and proud when you are done! Let me know how it goes!
It’s that time of year where we come together as family and friends to celebrate the holidays. If you think about most any get together, there is always food involved. Food is a constant in our lives and it is something that unites us and something we can share with one another. One of my favorite things is to get as many people as involved as possible in the kitchen – now I know some of you may groan and say that you don’t like everyone hanging out in the kitchen, but I think it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy cooking (and usually some laughs too!). Dividing up the tasks, giving each person “ownership” of their assigned job, and watching it all unfold like a symphony. Beautiful! As you head into this season, don’t stress out about the cooking – yes, it can be a lot of work, but think of the wonderful opportunities to spend time with your loved ones and to appreciate all the blessings you have in your life. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Here is a link to some detailed information on the mighty GINGER ingredient….which I use daily! It has amazing health benefits too. Check out my Youtube channel for recipes that include ginger.
Last weekend my Youtube channel exceeded 1 MILLION views. As I said on my Facebook page, that is a significant number for me. All I wanted to do is help people learn to cook and expand their reportoire of dishes. Who knew they’d watch my channel that much? Thank you to all my supporters, comments, requests and thoughts!
Here is a new one I think you will like! Enjoy!
It has been an amazing year! Last summer, teaching was just a wish of mine. Both of my parents were teachers, so I think it must be in my blood! Since that time, I have had some tremendous opportunities to teach for some of the greatest community education programs in the area (I even made the cover of one of the fall catalogs)! I have also taught for some public schools, done TV news demonstrations, trade shows, farmer’s markets and taught for private parties. WOW – I would have never guessed this would all happen this year. I feel blessed and honored to be able to teach my culinary experience and knowledge of Asian cuisine. Thank you for all the support and I look forward to another wonderful year of TEACHING!
Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨, 鮓, 寿斗, 寿し, 壽司?) is a Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice sushi-meshi (鮨飯, “sushi rice”) combined with other ingredients (neta [寿司ネタ]), usually raw fish or other seafood. Neta and forms of sushi presentation vary widely, but the ingredient which all sushi have in common is vinegared rice. The rice is also referred to as (shari [しゃり]) and “sumeshi” (酢飯, “vinegared rice”).
Raw meat (usually but not necessarily seafood) sliced and served by itself is sashimi. Many non-Japanese use the terms sashimi and sushi interchangeably, but the two dishes are actually distinct and separate. Sushi refers to any dish made with vinegared rice.
I have several videos on Youtube if you would like to see how to make it – it’s easier than you think!
We expanded our garden from two beds to 6 beds this year. Last year was a “test” year for us, as we have a lot of deer around. It did well, so we decided to make it bigger and better! It was a family experience, as we had the kids start almost all of the garden early in the year from seed. We used our cardboard egg cartons and made a day of it. It was so much fun watching the seeds grow indoors for the weeks leading up to planting day. Planting day was also a group effort – the kids seem to take such pride in what “they” have grown. The garden has really taken off in the last few weeks, and we are on our second harvest of herbs and veggies. Tomatoes aren’t quite there yet, but there are a LOT on the plants. I see canning in our future! Hope your garden is as happy and that you are enjoying yours as much as we are enjoying ours! Happy Harvesting!
Definition: Tofu is made from soybeans, water and a coagulant, or curdling agent. It is high in protein and calcium and well known for its ability to absorb new flavors through spices and marinades. Due to its chameleon-like qualities and nutritional value, tofu, a staple of Asian cuisines for hundreds of years, has recently become popular in Western vegetarian cooking. So popular, in fact, that it is celebrated with its own annual festival and has almost become synonymous with vegetarianism itself. Look for tofu in the produce section of your regular grocery store.
Types of tofu: There are two main kinds of tofu, silken or soft tofu, and firm or regular tofu. When cooking with firm tofu, you will usually want to drain and press the tofu first, and some recipes will tell you to freeze and thaw your tofu.
Please check out this new recipe I posted on Youtube using tofu.
How To Make Stir Fry Beef With Home Garden String Beans:
I have many other recipes on my Youtube using tofu. I hope you enjoy.