postheadericon Cherry Chipotle 5-Spice Beef Skewers

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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 it on burgers and sandwiches and couldn’t wait to experiment with it in the kitchen. 

Cherry Chipotle Skewers

My favorite flavor is cherry chipotle and  thought it would pair well with the exotic Asian spices found in 5-spice powder (star anise, cloves, cinnamon, szechuan peppercorn and fennel).  The blend turned out to be a delicious and easy marinade for beef skewers.   The smokiness of the chipotle mixed with the tangy cherries and complex Asian spices was incredibly yummy.  My whole family loved it and I can’t wait to make it again!  Click here to order Not Ketchup or find out where to buy it if you live in Los Angeles or Orange County.

Cherry Chipotle 5-Spice Beef Skewers


  • 1 1⁄2 lbs boneless beef rib-eye or top sirloin, cut across the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 cup Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon 5-spice powder
  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked in water at least 20 minutes


  1. Combine the cherry chipotle sauce and 5-spice powder in a small bowl until well blended.
  2. Place slices in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag. Pour the sauce mixture over slices, and mix well. Refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Thread beef onto skewers.
  4. Prepare a grill for high heat cooking. Brush the grill grate with oil. Grill the skewers, turning once, until the beef is browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with a side of Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle sauce.

Cherry Chipotle Skewers


postheadericon March Madness Honey Sriricha Chicken Wings

Srircha-Honey-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 with chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.  It is spicy but not crazy hot so you can serve this to everyone in the family.   I love this recipe because spicy Srircha is mixed with honey for a hot, sweet, sticky and salty taste sensation.  The wings are flash fried before being tossed in the sauce adding a subtle crunchy texture sublimely coated with this addictive glaze.   Why serve the same-old, same-old Buffalo or BBQ chicken wings when you can shake  things up with these babies?   I guarantee this recipe will bring MAD love to your next party…Score!

March Madness Honey Sriricha Chicken Wings


  • Chicken wings:
  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon World Market Chinese five spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch white pepper
  • oil for deep frying
  • Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, five spice powder, salt and pepper. Place chicken wings in a large bowl and toss in the flour mixture until they are evenly coated.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a deep skillet to 375°. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely. Fry the coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer onto a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice and stir until the mixture bubbles gently. Remove from heat. Pour the sauce over the wings in a large bowl and toss to coat.
  5. Place the wings on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Drizzle with more honey before serving if desired.


postheadericon Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Thai Peanut Noodles I’ve really been craving these Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles lately so I couldn’t resist reposting this easy, fast and delicious recipe.  These noodles are awesome because you can throw in any veggie you like and any leftover meat (like the roast chicken from dinner last night) for an easy breezy one pot meal.   Follow the recipe as is and you’ve got a fast and fresh vegan feast.  Coconut milk, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, red curry paste and srircha sauce are blended together to create the perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors.   This dish is great served warm or chilled.  Substitute the fettucine with rice noodles and use gluten free soy sauce for a tasty gluten-free meal.  

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles


  • 8 ounces dried fettucini
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Srircha
  • ½ cup blanched snow peas, julienned
  • ½ cup carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • Crushed roasted peanuts for garnish


  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, red curry paste, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and crushed red pepper over medium-low heat in a saucepan until the mixture begins to simmer, stirring constantly. Add the snow peas and carrots and stir for 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the reserve pasta and toss until pasta is coated. Garnish with crushed peanuts.

Thai Peanut Noodles

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postheadericon Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

When I was pregnant with the twins, I constantly craved mashed potatoes, cheeseburgers and chicken teriyaki bowls (I was eating for three after all!)  I craved it so much I came up with this recipe and made my hubby make it for me all the time (in between foot rubs).   As growing-up-too-fast five year-olds, Dylan and Becca have inherited my love of chicken teriyaki and so has my stepdaughter, Kyla.   They love this dish as much as me because the luscious glaze is perfectly sweet and the chicken is tender and juicy.  They don’t seem to mind eating their veggies when everything’s nestled in a bowl with yummy chicken pieces in a delicious teriyaki sauce intermingling with everything in the bowl.   You can get premium rice vinegar in the gourmet section at Cost Plus World Market.    Surprise your family this week and whip up the ultimate meal in a bowl.  It’s sure to bowl them over!

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl


  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups soy sauce
  • 3-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Prepare the rice: Wash thoroughly and drain. Place in rice cooker on regular cycle.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, ginger, brown sugar, mustard, soy sauce, 1-1/2 cups of the water and vinegar. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and reserve the marinade.
  3. Heat a grill on medium high heat. Grill chicken thighs 5-7 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water. In a medium saucepan, bring reserved marinade to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for about 12 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  5. Cut chicken thighs into bite sized pieces and add to the sauce and stir to coat.
  6. Fill four bowls with the jasmine rice. Top each bowl with chicken pieces. Place steamed broccoli florets to the side of the chicken. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl


postheadericon Beef with Broccoli

We just launched my Chef Katie You Tube Channel.  Hooray!  I wanted to share the latest and greatest video with you -Beef with Broccoli – so click and take a peek.  We’ll be posting a new fresh and fabulous Asian cooking video every week so please subscribe and learn how to cook with me!  We’d love your feedback so please comment and  let me know what recipes you’d like to see appear in future videos.   I’ve also re-posted this succulent, melt-in-your-mouth Beef with Broccoli recipe for your cooking pleasure!  You can find premium oyster sauce in the gourmet section of Cost Plus World Market.   Continue reading “Beef with Broccoli” »

postheadericon $100 Costco Cash Card Giveaway Redux! {Contest}

Jacket Cover My cookbook “Everyday Thai Cooking”  did so well last time around that it’s available again at select Costco locations!  To celebrate its return I’m partnering with Tuttle Publishing to giveaway a $100 Costco Gift Card.  There will be one (1) winner whom will receive one (1) Costco Cash Card of which, when activated, will have a balance of $100 that can be used at any Costco Wholesale.

“Everyday Thai Cooking” is now available at the following Costco Wholesale locations, so go pick up a copy while you’re stocking up on vitamins and olive oil.

Costco locations for 2-14 contest

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postheadericon Clams in Black Bean Sauce

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 and rinse them for a bit before cooking.  You can find Chinese black beans at Chinese and other Asian markets.  Fermented black beans are usually paired with garlic, ginger and chilies because they are so strong in flavor and marry well with these bold aromatics.  If you don’t have fermented black beans feel free to substitute with store-bought black bean sauce.  Just add the same about of sauce when you’d normally add the soaked and rinsed fermented black beans.  You can buy black bean sauce in the gourmet section at Cost Plus World Market.   Continue reading “Clams in Black Bean Sauce” »