soy sauce to cornstarch for chicken

General Tso’s Chicken, Takeout From Home

Along with the wontons, this was my first attempt at getting in touch with the takeout box I so longed for. Fried chicken pieces, sticky sauce. General Tso's Chicken. Why General Tso's and not orange chicken, sesame or even sweet and sour? To be honest, I never really liked sweet and sour. There was always something a bit too sweet for me. … more


The Monday Menu: February 8, 2010

I'm back from Blissdom, and I have to admit, as much as I am thrilled to be here with my kids and my husband, I'm sad it's over. I had a fantastic time, met so many wonderful women, and I learned a lot too. I also completed the two missing pieces of my...cake?...and was able to spend some time with my friends Mandi and Tara while I was there. … more


Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti

I am here at Blissdom this week(end), but I have to tear myself away from the wonderful presentations and amazing people to tell you about something I have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of. When Julie from Dinner with Julie posted just after the Haiti earthquake about her vision to raise money and funds to donate, I knew I wanted … more

joel folds wontons

The Art of Folding Cream Cheese Wontons (my methods)

When Ole and I first got married, we ate on the cheap. I worked for a nonprofit (and after that for myself), and he was finishing his graduate degree. It was during this time that we started experimenting with the art of bringing the restaurants to our house, specifically of the Americanized Asian variety, to our kitchen table sans the white … more


The Monday Menu: February 1, 2010

Five things I learned about curling last week: Each rock weighs 40 pounds. The last rock thrown in an end is "the hammer." The scoreboard is hard to read until someone explains it to you. The handle on the rock is called "Eye on the Hog." Inexperienced players wibble wobble, but none fell down. I was waiting, though. And just like that, … more

chicken fried rice in a bowl

Chicken Fried Rice: The How-To

Things have been a little crazy around here. I've been juggling one thing after another, starting up this and working on that. It's exciting, encouraging and hectic. And because of this added component as I try to fit a slice of life into my already jampackedfullwithnoroomtospare schedule, I've been cutting some corners on dinner lately and – … more

eggs in a bowl

The Monday Menu: January 25, 2010

I hope you'll forgive me for my silence this week. I've been getting together things for this and things for that, and I've also been busy writing here, there and everywhere else. If you missed them, you should check out my Asian Orange Chicken Salad, vegetable broth from scraps and my new recipe binder that I received as a gift this Christmas. … more