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Foster Dog 101: Our Experience Fostering Dogs for Adoption

Foster Dog 101: Our Experience Fostering Dogs for Adoption

This big, goofy dog is our very first foster dog, Frasier! Here’s our volunteer foster experience, from application to preparing our home to sending him to his new forever family.

Molten Peanut Butter Tangyuan<br />懒人版 花生流心汤圆

Molten Peanut Butter Tangyuan
懒人版 花生流心汤圆

Happy Lantern Festival! Celebrate the new year with me with an easy version of the traditional celebratory dish, tangyuan. These are soft, chewy glutinous rice flour balls stuffed with peanut butter and served in sweet soup.

Hubei Pearl Meatballs<br />湖北名菜 珍珠圆子

Hubei Pearl Meatballs
湖北名菜 珍珠圆子

A classic Hubei dish of steamed meatballs coated in a shimmering layer of glutinous rice. These pearl meatballs have a long history from the royal kitchens of imperial China to modern state dinners. But they’re festive, celebratory, and easy to make, so they’re the perfect choice for your next banquet.

Sichuan Lazi Dry Pepper Chicken Wings<br />重庆辣子烤鸡翅

Sichuan Lazi Dry Pepper Chicken Wings

Dry pepper chicken (lazi chicken or mala chicken) is a popular dish from Chongqing, Sichuan featuring tender nuggets of fried chicken in aromatic peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Join me as I make my game day or festive appetizer spin on this modern Sichuan classic featuring healthy, easy convection baked chicken wings.

Virtual Hotpot Party at Home 宅家云火锅

Virtual Hotpot Party at Home 宅家云火锅

Tis the season… for 云火锅 a virtual hotpot party! With this year being a holiday season like no other, I can’t think of a more warming and comforting meal than hotpot. Better yet, it’s perfectly suited for a socially-distanced dinner party with friends and family.

Food Processor Ground Meat (Easy Kitchen Hack)<br />别用绞肉机,食品加工机才像手工剁肉!

Food Processor Ground Meat (Easy Kitchen Hack)

Skip the supermarket ground pork. For the best texture in Chinese cooking, ground meat should be chopped by hand. A food processor makes it possible in a fraction of the time.

Pumpkin Mooncakes with Maple & Bacon<br />南瓜培根枫糖月饼

Pumpkin Mooncakes with Maple & Bacon

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋快乐!I’m celebrating fall’s bounty with authentic rich, flaky Suzhou-style mooncakes, with my modern filling pin: pumpkin with maple and bacon.

Shanghai Wonton Soup (Kosher-friendly)<br />上海菜肉馄饨(洁食版)

Shanghai Wonton Soup (Kosher-friendly)

Shanghai wontons come in two styles: small, pure meat wontons (a snack food) and large, meat and vegetable wontons (a meal). I’m making a kosher-friendly version of the big meal wontons, perfect for those who avoid pork and shellfish. Read on for important tips to make a great filling as well as detailed instructions for how to fold beautiful wontons.

Secrets of Stir Fry: Long Hot Peppers & Pork 小椒炒肉丝

Secrets of Stir Fry: Long Hot Peppers & Pork 小椒炒肉丝

Long hot peppers with pork are a classic Chinese stir fry combo. I’m sharing the best secrets for stir frying. Read on for the equipment and technique you need to achieve tender meat, crisp veggies, and wok hei “breath of the the wok” in any home kitchen.

My Top 10 Tiny Kitchen Upgrades

My Top 10 Tiny Kitchen Upgrades

A great kitchen tool brings joy but doesn’t have to be expensive. After extensive research and use, these are the must-have items from my own kitchen. All of them bring way more joy in the kitchen than their prices (all under $20) would suggest, and none of them take up much space.