Vegan Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

If you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant serving dim sum, then you’ve probably seen the fluffy white steamed buns filled with a sweet and flavorful red-hued pork. This was always my favorite dim sum dish – a bao bun filled with char siu, a Cantonese barbecue roasted pork. I loved the glossy meat that had…

Everything You Need to Know About the New Food Hall in Flushing NYC

I love food halls, especially those that feature a range of international foods all in one place where you can snack tasty bites from around the world without having to leave. I’m always on the lookout for the best food halls in NYC and anytime a new one opens, it definitely catches my interest. Most…

10-Minute Fig & Brie Toast

My inspiration for this toast came from my month stay in Portugal. In the US, fancy toast on restaurants menus is often limited to the ubiquitous avocado toast. Not in Portugal! Many brunch restaurants and coffee shops had multiple fancy toasts on their menus: thick, flavorful bread piled high with veggies, spreads, and eggs with…

Soothing Cold-Relief Beverage with Ginger & Lemon

Have a head cold or flu? A sore throat? Nausea? A hangover? I’ve got you. This soothing cold relief infusion will ease a sore throat, cough, and congestion using all natural ingredients. I’ve been using it for years when I’m sick and it never fails! I use it so often that I couldn’t NOT share…

Stovetop Grilled Pineapple Skewers

The weather is getting warmer! I was hoping today would be one of those sunny, warm spring days that makes you crave barbecues, or at least a day that hints that you might consider grilling soon. Instead, I got a dreary, gray, slightly chilly and damp rainy day. But no matter, because these grilled pineapple…

Instant Pot Red Red (Ghanian Black-Eyed Pea Tomato Stew)

I’ve wanted to make a dish from West Africa for awhile now, but I admit I’ve been a little intimidated. I’ve tackled some recipes from East Africa and Southern Africa, but West Africa, not yet. Perhaps the reason is that I’m simply less experienced in eating and cooking food for this part of the world,…

How to Make Nut Butters

For a long time I never considered that I could make something like peanut butter or almond butter at home. I assumed that nut butter had to be processed in a factory, that it was time-consuming and difficult, perhaps requiring specialized equipment. I’m happy to say that I was wrong! A few years ago I…

Cheddar & Gouda Beer Fondue

As I look outside watching large flakes of snow drop from the sky, nothing sounds better than curling up and dipping stuff in warm, gooey cheese with family and friends gathered around the pot. I’ve been making fondue for years. One of the first pieces of cookware I owned was a fondue set, gifted to…

Mushroom & Lentil Vegan Lasagna

My mom is known for her lasagna. Family gatherings, parties, holidays, she always made lasagna. I have many memories of making lasagna together, trying to pull out the cooked noodles from the pot without breaking them in half (it always happened anyway) and setting it in layers. Mom recently shared her lasagna recipe with me….

Thai Hot & Sour Soup (Tom Yum)

For me this time of year always drags. It’s cold, it gets dark far too early, and the excitement of the holidays has passed. I wasn’t always a soup aficionado, but in recent years I have really come to love curling up with a hot bowl of delicious soup on a cold winter day. This…