Cantonese Lo MeinPersistent over several decades, instant ramen noodles reconstituted in hot water continue to be a part of college experience in the states.  The noodles comprise so much of a student’s diet that it could be considered a food group on its own.   The sealed foil packet accompanying the dehydrated brick of instant noodles holds the [click to continue…]

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Pork Stew with Stout

How you ever observed that romances and stews evolve similarly?

Romances:  1) flirt heavily at party/jogging/bar;  2) meet clubbing/trail walk/wine tasting with some friends;  3) frequent texts, calls, surprises;  4) he doesn’t text, she wants to call, he gives her attention, she [click to continue…]

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Old Fasion Oatmeal Cookies

Take a break.

Pour yourself a mug of coffee or tea or a glass of cold milk.  Grab a couple of these oatmeal cookies and take a breather from the real world.  Bite through the crackly thin icing.  A touch of cinnamon, the gentle vanilla scent, tender crumb with texture… you’re thinking about somewhere else other than where you’re at.  Maybe a couple more cookies before the daydream’s over. [click to continue…]

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Cheddar OlivesAmerican cocktail parties platters of yesteryear were filled with neat little nibbles to go with martinis and gimlets.  Small meatballs, cocktail franks, crustless triangular sandwiches – most could be stabbed [click to continue…]

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Pickeled Grapes 4Like life, a charcuterie plate needs variety and balance, yes?  Smooth, bumpy, strong, mellow.  Savory and spicy.  A little tartness to help you appreciate the sweet.  Pickled Flames and Thompsons, marinated grapes, add the zing [click to continue…]

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Chinese Chicken CasseroleSomehow, starting back to school generates excitement.  Maybe it’s anticipation – new classmates, different schools and schedules, crowded calendars  - so many changes!

One thing that stays constant is Mom’s Chicken Casserole, a one-pot Cantonese dish.  Whether for lunch or a light snack, it starts in the kitchen with Mom cutting chicken pieces with a gleaming cleaver.  There is then the [click to continue…]

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