Steamed Rice Rolls

Steamed Rice Rolls are a delicious street food in Southeast Asia, and contain any filling of your liking, from noodles to pork. Growing up, these rolls, known as fawm kauv in Hmong, were a luxury. Mom rarely made them, and when she did my siblings and I dug in right away. I admit I seldom…

Simple Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are believed to have originated in China, during the Jin Dynasty (265-420 AD). In the spring, the people would make thin flour cakes loaded with fresh vegetables, to welcome this change in season. Today, these refreshing wraps of rice noodles, vegetables, and your choice of protein, can be enjoyed any time of the…

Chocolate Pudding Pies

Hostess’ Chocolate Pudding Pies were one of my favorite childhood desserts–or more like snacks. I grew up as a 90s kid–during the times of slip dresses, plaid skirts, plucked eyebrows, lip-liners, and tendrils. Not mention windbreakers, spaghetti straps, hip-hugging flares, platforms, scrunchies and marble hair ties. (See more here) The fashion of the 90s is something…

Beef Fried Steak and Gravy

I’ve written about Fried Chicken and how that came to be, and one would think the [Chicken] Fried Steak would have appeared around the same time period; however, the Fried Steak happens to be younger by two centuries. It’s believed to have been brought to the American South by the Germans in the 19th century….

Acovado Shrimp Salad

I came upon this Easy Avacado + Tomato Salad recipe a couple years ago, while browsing YouTube. I love avocados and eat them whenever I can splurge. Having tried the original recipe years ago, I admit I don’t like big chunky pieces of onions, which are called for. I have never been a fan of onions,…

Venison Fajitas–Easy (Cabinet Cookery)

Venison is deer meat. Once the animal is no longer wandering the the woods, and is served up on the table, its name–oddly–changes to venison. The word venison comes from the medieval French word venesoun, describing the meat of any large animal, not just a deer. Venison, to me, is a luxury. I can’t just…

Roasted Cornish Hen (Cabinet Cookery)

The worst times of the day to watch a cooking show is in the morning and the evening. Why? Because it makes me hungry. Having decided to watch both Nigella Lawson and the Barefoot Contessa in the morning, I started craving some roasted meat. So for dinner, I did some Cabinet Cookery by going into…

Pumpkin Soup

I grew up in a home of female cooks. My maternal grandmother made delicious meals that her mother taught her, and my mom could recreate grandma’s dishes and also had her own specialties. One of my favorite dishes that Mom and Grandma would make in the fall is Pumpkin Soup. This soup is extremely simple…

Potato Stew from the Early 20th Century

Brrr it’s getting cold out! Which means this is the perfect time to make a soup or stew. Last winter, when I decided to start my video-making journey, I filmed a how-to-cook-potato-stew video. And I had forgotten all about it! Thankfully I had the footages saved onto my laptop. Why not share it now?! For…

Cabinet Cookery: Shin Noodle Stir Fry

It may surprise you to know that when I’m cooking, I don’t use precise measurements. For the most part, I just throw things together and serve–something I learned from my parents (My husband cooks this way too). Hubby and I call this method “Cabinet Cookery.” It’s just 1. Reach into the spice cabinets and fridge,…