Archive for the ‘Appetizers’ Category

postheadericon Shu Mei with Hello Kitty

I love Hello Kitty so much I wanted to share my love for her in my most recent You Tube Video.  Dim Sum literally translates as “to touch the heart” so it seemed only natural to showcase my love of Hello Kitty while making shu mei, a staple at dim sum restaurants.   Check out [...]

postheadericon Coconut Shrimp with Ginger Lime Sauce

I just brought the twins to Minneapolis for a family reunion with my sisters Laura and Jeanie and my brother Bill in Minneapolis.  Between kayaking, visiting Barbie’s Dreamhouse at the Mall of America and getting sent to the emergency room after a crazy allergic reaction to a bee sting, we squeezed in a fun dinner [...]

postheadericon California Roll

Yup, that’s how we roll. Who doesn’t love California Roll? I still have friends in LA who are squeamish about raw fish (I know, how can this be?) but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the sweet, fluffy, sticky, crunchy and salty goodness of a California Roll. One of my proudest [...]

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 [...]