Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

postheadericon Sweet and Spicy Thai Cashews

Ring in the New Year with these Sweet & Spicy Thai Glazed Cashews from my Thai cookbook, “Everyday Thai Cooking.”    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 powder and fish sauce.  They’re so [...]

postheadericon Chocolate Dipped Holiday Fortune Cookies

Add a fun Asian twist to your holiday cookie exchange or shindig this year with these colorful and creative chocolate dipped fortune cookies topped with festive sprinkles and toppings!   I like to pick up my fortune cookies in the gourmet section of World Market because it’s so convenient and they’re super fresh!   I love to [...]

postheadericon Thai Crab Cakes

Looking to spice things up for your holiday party this year?  Why not Thai this recipe on for size?  These Thai Crab Cakes are loaded with lump crab meat and delicious Thai flavors including lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, cilantro and thai chilies.   They’re light yet filling and make the perfect finger food.  I [...]

postheadericon Edamame Hummus

“Inspired!” is what my friend David used to describe this hummus.  If you’re having a holiday party this weekend and are racking your brain for an out-of-the-ordinary appetizer, try this edamame hummus for a healthful, protein-packed recipe which also happens to be vegetarian/vegan friendly. All you need is some shelled edamame, tahini, garlic, lemon and lemon [...]

postheadericon Chocolate Dipped Holiday Fortune Cookies

Looking for some good fortune this holiday season?  These chocolate dipped holiday fortune cookies are a huge hit every year.  They really stand out amidst platters of Christmas cookies.  I like to fill holiday themed Chinese take-out containers (I like the selection at Cost Plus World Market) and bring them to parties because they make [...]

postheadericon Firecracker Shrimp

Now that it’s holiday season, my friend Adam asked me to re-post my Firecracker Shrimp recipe because it’s his favorite and it’s a fantastic appetizer to serve at holiday parties.  My friends call this appetizer “Crack Shrimp” because it’s so addicting!  This was the most popular item on our catering menu and (shhhh!) the secret [...]

postheadericon Roasted Beet Salad with Apple and Goat Cheese

  The twins picked some gorgeous red and yellow beets recently on a pre-school field trip.   When my awesome sous chef Stacy Mears saw them peeking out of a bag on my kitchen counter the other day, she jumped for joy as she just LOVES beets.  I sent her home with the beets and asked her [...]

postheadericon Chocolate Dipped Holiday Fortune Cookie Recipe

Add a creative Asian twist to your holiday cookies this year with Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies with festive toppings like sliced almonds or peppermint candy cane dust! I also like to use a variety of colorful sprinkles and bits of toffee as well.   Use your imagination and create your own signature toppings like finely chopped [...]

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