Chicken Mushroom Siu Mai and Dumplings

Going to Chinese dim sum restaurants on Chinese New Year has become a tradition for many families. Even the western tourists will come to Chinatown and celebrate the Lunar New Year. The problem is you normally have to wait for an hour to get a table. Food and services are pretty slow because they are just super busy. If you can mentally prepare yourself for a hectic morning then you will enjoy your outing with a happy smile. The fun part is you may run into Continue reading


Vegetarian Stir-Fry with Snow Pea Pods

This is probably the quickest stir-fry anybody can do. Most people want to eat healthy food. That means eating more vegetables, less meat, and cooking at home. But who has time to cook? This simple dish takes 10 minutes to cook, better than eating salad. All you need is:
1 pound snow pea pods, 2 carrots, 1 small onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 Anaheim pepper or any chili pepper you like. See the adorable Continue reading

Banana Pecan Bread

Making bread at home is quite a novel idea for today’s busy women. I personally do not like the idea of kneading dough by hand. Thanks to bread machines and quick bread recipes, this daunting task is not as intimidating as it used to be. After making different versions of quick bread, I especially like making banana bread. I like the wholesome, sweet flavor. As it turned out, simple ingredients Continue reading

Let It Be the Sweetest Year

People often set goals, make promises that they can not deliver. They said life is all about the process and not about the end results. Can you believe that?

I like to cook better food and be able to eat like a pig. My sweetest goal is to make a wonderful, mouthwatering cheesecake, like pumpkin cheesecake or Eli’s cheesecake.
I am all into baking this year.  Happy 2018 !


Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

The Dutch people are not only famous for their windmills and tulips, the English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake. Cake-like cookies
are usually not too sweet, they are great travel companion in the old day.

A cookie company in San Francisco decided December 4 is National Cookie Day. Since then in 1987, we celebrate cookies on Continue reading

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Baking used to be just for special occasions and holiday events. So much has changed in the kitchen. Nowadays people make cookies and cakes for any reasons or for no reason at all. There are bake sale, cookie swap, baking contest, gift giving, birthday, holiday or rainy day… Any day is a good day when it comes to baking. Someone said, life is better with fresh baked cookies. Believe it or not, baking can teach you lots of disciplines like no other skills. People who bake Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken 菠蘿雞

Sweet and sour chicken is a well known Asian cuisine found in both Chinese and western restaurants, basically available all over the world. Pork, shrimp, fish and ribs are commonly used as well. Many home cooks have their own way of making this dish, one that makes them proud and will likely get passed on to other family members. Contrast to what some people may believe, amazing food Continue reading