Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Marble Cupcakes

When it comes to baking, I always have milk, eggs, and chocolate chips available in the kitchen. A rarity is cream cheese. However, during my last grocery run I decided to grab a pack of cream cheese, should I crave tiramisu. Sadly, I have not been in the mood for tiramisu; Instead, I’ve been wanting…

Devilled Cornish Hen

Do you have a non-mustard lover in your life? I do. My husband has never been fond of that sour, tangy, slightly spicy yellow mush one squeezes out of a yellow bottle. I admit my fondness of mustard only goes as far as adding a bit of it to homemade tuna salad. However, I discovered…

New Year’s Rice Cakes

The best way to ring in the New Year, in my opinion, is with some rice cakes. For my people–the Hmong–rice cakes, or ncuav, signify a good harvest. It means everyone has labored well for the year, so we take a break from our hard work and celebrate the coming of the new year–with family,…

Christmas Fruit Cake

I admit that Christmas Fruit Cake, or Christmas Pudding as they call it in the United Kingdom, is an acquired taste. It’s a dessert I only discovered 10 years ago. To this day, no one in my family eats it with me, and my husband only had his first bite the other day. The origins…

Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls

When it comes to gift-giving over the holidays, many of us think of chocolates, gingerbread men, fruit cakes, and hard candy. But why not give a savory rather than a sweet? As a sign of love and appreciation, my mother always made egg rolls for friends and family. This year I’ve decided to do the…

Chicken Pho with Pork Meatballs

With the cold setting in, and the temperatures dropping to the low double-digits (and soon the one-digits), my husband requested Pho. This popular rice noodle soup, with its aromatic broth, is mostly associated with Vietnamese cuisine, but it can be found at any street food stall in South-East Asia. The name pho is thought to…

Holiday Roast Duck

This holiday season, why not enjoy a roast duck instead of turkey? This bird not only has a lot more dark meat, but it’s also very tender and moist, and it does not require any brining. Roasting duck can be traced back to 1206 B.C., during the Yuan Dynasty in China. It was considered a…

Fish and Chips

One advice I give myself is to not watch cooking shows at night, and yet I do. This causes me to crave that particular food I’m watching. For instance, the other night I decided to watch Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets and instantly wanted a slice of French silk pie; last night while watching Testing the…

Chinese Green Onion Pancakes

Green Onion Pancakes, or congyoubing in Chinese (蔥油餅), are a traditional snack that can still be found on the streets of China today. Made from flour, green onions (scallions) and water, these layered, crispy, thin pancakes are quick and easy to make–though greasy–and make a great breakfast or snack food. As someone who enjoys cooking…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve been wanting to make some pumpkin muffins for many years now, but every time I buy a squash or pumpkin puree I end up making a pie. Fast forward to the present and what did I do with half a can of puree from the fridge?–bake some muffins! The name “muffin” was first printed…