Almond Shortbread Cookies

This is Lynard’s favorite everyday cookies, nutty, fluffy, light and buttery. He makes very good almond shortbread cookies. We like simple and plain shortbread cookies. But you can use a shaped cookie cutter to make hearts and other shapes for special occasions. Once they are done and Continue reading


Soft Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Blondies

A bite of essential goodness. I created this treat to be the ultimate flavorful, light, guilt-free, and just-sweet-enough snack or breakfast to fuel your day. Soft and chewy like a classic brownie, fruity and fun like a pie. Naming it was a challenge. What is it? Is it a cake, a pie, or a no-chocolate brownie? Continue reading

Savory Sticky Rice with Mushroom 糯米飯

Sticky rice, also known as sweet rice or glutinous rice, is the main ingredient for making
old-fashioned stir fried sticky rice with Chinese sausage, dried shrimp and mushroom.
The traditional recipe is pretty hard to follow, too many steps. Stir fried sticky rice is almost unheard of in newer restaurants and among the younger generations. For older home cooks, we often get turned away by its complex Continue reading

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