Archive for the ‘Appetizers’ Category

postheadericon Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare on Wonton Chips

Has Spring finally sprung?  While it’s been in the 90′s in Los Angeles, I know some peeps are still dealing with snow!  Yikes!  This appetizer always makes me feel light and springy.  It’s also easy to handle one of these babies while holding a glass of bubbly in your other hand.  The crispness of the [...]

postheadericon Cherry Chipotle 5-Spice Beef Skewers

My friend and fellow food blogger Erika Kerekes recently launched a line of amazing tangy gourmet sauces called Not Ketchup.  They’re made with fruit – like cherries, blueberries and dates – instead of tomatoes as well savory spices and cider vinegar to give it a tart kick.  One taste and I was hooked.  I’ve tried [...]

postheadericon March Madness Honey Sriricha Chicken Wings

            Whether or not you’re into March Madness or basketball at all for that matter, you’ll go MAD for these sweet and spicy Honey Srircha Chicken Wings.  We just served them at a March Madness party we had and these wings flew off the platter.     Srircha sauce is made [...]

postheadericon Clams in Black Bean Sauce

There’s something sultry about this dish.  It’s earthy, aromatic, salty, slippery and a bit a spicy.  Don’t confuse Chinese black beans with Mexican black beans.  Chinese black beans are also known as fermented or salted black beans and are made from fermented soy beans.  They are pungent and quite strong so it’s important to soak [...]

postheadericon Chinese New Year Menu

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!!!  Chinese New Year falls on Friday, January 31st!  Welcome to the Year of the Horse.  I wanted to share my favorite dishes for Chinese New Year so you can start planning your own celebration.  I always serve Long Life Noodles for longevity (the longer the noodle, the longer the life!), a [...]

postheadericon Sweet & Spicy Thai Glazed Cashews

I’m throwing a Grammy-viewing party this Sunday and couldn’t think of anything better than to serve these Sweet & Spicy Thai Glazed Cashews from my new cookbook.  People just go NUTS for these cashews.  I love the sticky sweetness from the honey accented by a kick of cayenne pepper and exotic notes from the curry [...]

postheadericon Firecracker Shrimp

Gung Hay Fat Choy!!  Happy Chinese New Year!  Chinese New Year is Friday, January 31st and it is the Year of the Horse.  Chinese New Year is a very special holiday as everything you eat on this day and everything you do determines how your entire year will unfold. Chinese people eat things like Long [...]

postheadericon Edamame Hummus

I just did a book signing at the Kyle Kares – Shop for a Cause Event to benefit the American Cancer Society at Kyle Richards‘ (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) store Kyle by Alene Too.  I served two appetizers from my new cookbook along with a vegan option, Edamame Hummus on a Wonton Chip.    [...]

postheadericon Coconut Shrimp with Orange Lime Sauce

Happy Turkey Day everyone!  I don’t know about you, but in addition to planning the big Thanksgiving menu I have to think about two other meals to make while my in-laws are in town.  We usually host a make your own pizza night (because the kids love that) and an Asian night (duh).  From Uncle [...]

postheadericon Braised Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

I recently met my friend Susie at Lukshon Restaurant in Culver City and we had the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth braised pork belly lettuce wraps with a sweet, sour and salty hot sauce.  The luxurious and rich pork belly was brilliantly paired with bright sauce bursting with Southeast Asian Flavors.  I felt inspired to try my [...]