Living on Ready-to-Eat Foods: Costco Edition

I had a grand plan to introduce you to a Shanghai recipe every other day. Alas, between fighting jet lag and work projects, I spent the last week living off of Costco and frozen foods. In case you ever wondered if that tagliatelle grilled white chicken with portobello mushroom sauce is worth $11, below is…

Cooking on Jetlag: Instant Ramen and Turkey Daikon Soup

Getting back after two weeks in Southeast Asia (read about my Bali trip here) has turned my circadian rhythm upside down. My body wants to sleep at noon, but eat at 2am without the usual appetite that accompanies hunger. I landed back in Seattle around 6:30pm and got home closer 8pm. The boys hadn’t eaten yet…

Making Thanksgiving Simpler: It’s Okay Not to Cook Everything

Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house was comprised of a mixture of classic American and Chinese dishes. My mother would make Chinese side dishes like hot and sour soup and sautéed vegetables while I would make the American main courses such as turkey, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows….

Three Essential Kitchen Tools To Do the Work For You

1. Food chopper This handy dandy tool is made for lazy chefs and an absolute necessity in my kitchen. I have a small one good for two people, which I use daily to chop onions and garlic cloves. If you buy a larger one like an 8-cup or 12-cup food processor, then you will probably…

Essential Ingredients for Lazy Asian Recipes

Many asian recipes reuse the same core ingredients. By stocking your fridge and pantry with these ingredients and their “short cut” versions, you’ll be able to make multiple dishes faster and easier. For the fridge (the Asian trifecta): Bottle of minced ginger in water (I use the brand Lee Kum Kee) Pre-peeled garlic (You can…

Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker

First year out of college and working an entry level job, I looked for a cheap but decently made rice cooker for my tiny city apartment kitchen counter. I decided on the Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker, which worked as both a rice cooker and steamer for other recipes. If you grew up with a nice…