Kimchi Soft Tofu Soup

One of my New Years goals  of 2017 is to make 52 new dishes I’ve never tried before. I want experiment on new techniques, flavors and dishes this year and to really expand my culinary knowledge. That averages to about one new dish every week. I felt that was a good number to push myself,…

Autumn Campfire

Don’t put away those campfires just yet! It may be too cold to be camping in a tent outside, but it is more than better for cabin camping with a little outdoor fired. In our case this past weekend, the lake house was FREEZING when we got there, but within minutes my husband was able…

Apple Season

This weekend marks the first “winter storm” of the year in Portland, which means it will start raining today and won’t stop until April… but also, it makes me go into emergency preparedness mode, which is 25% being prepared and about 75% being paranoid. I have about 48 Larabars and 10 bags of chips that…

Simple Orange Salad

   Olympic Provisions is the old name of this beloved Portland cured meat shop and restaurant. But apparently, the International Olympic Committee had a thing to say about it and so now it’s Olympia Provisions… Because the first thing I think of when I purchase a smoked kielbasa is of figure skating and track and…

Almond Milk

 It’s probably easier to make almond milk than to buy it at the store, and as always it tastes so much better when you make it yourself. All you need is a cup full of almonds, water and some sort of sweetener. It’s a great alternative to dairy milk and I feel that it’s a…

Summertime treats

Once I see asparagus at the farmers market , I can’t help but count down the days and weeks until all the summer produce come around. Of all the delicious produce to ripen up and overtake the markets, my favorite by far is the strawberries. Strawberry picking isn’t my fav though. The berries are not…

Lettuce is in the House.

It takes a significant amount of effort for me to not buy plants at the farmers market in the springtime. Every year I just need to purchase whatever my little porch will allow and hope for the best. In the past it’s been quite tricky trying to chase the sun around my shady apartment. At…

Spicy Lemongrass Soup

I love new cookbooks! This new adventure takes me back to my Bay Area Vietnamese roots, yet it’s not the same. All the recipes have a familiar ping, but with a new modern tone. The majority of the recipes have few ingredients, but are focused on the quality of the ingredients. This is my flagship…

New-Old Traditions: Lucky Dumplings

My favorite family memories consisted sitting around our dining room table, with a big bowl of  minced meat and vegetables, wrapping dumplings. Our neighbor, Wendy, would come over on a Saturday afternoon with a bowl of freshly made dough, while my mom made the filling. An award deserving duo. My mother would elicit the help…

Gung Hay Fat Choi! Year of the Sheep

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! No fuss, no mess. My favorite holiday of the year: chinese new year. I love that it lasts for weeks and it’s all about family, good wishes and food. As a kid we always had a new year candy platter with an impressive array of candy and sweets. Naturally, being…