Browsing Category : beijing

Brown Butter Chocolate-Caramel Skillet Cookie


Good morning loves. I hope this finds you well, rested and happy. If not, I hope we’re working on it with some tea…maybe morning stretches or binge-watching your favorite shows. It all works. You’ll get there. I want you to think about this: melty ice cream and glossy pools of chocolate encased in a giant, chewy, slightly undercooked chocolate chip skillet…

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Five Spice Fig Jam


This post has so many ties to Beijing. Not that I had an affinity for figs while I was there. Nor did I make fig jam while living in China. But autumn was my most favorite season in Beijing, with spring running a close second. Winter was cold and dry and summer was steamy, hot and wet. In fall, everyone was back from…

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Lazy White-Girl Asian Buns


They say you can take the white girl outta China, but you can’t get China outta the white girl. I’m kidding…I don’t think anyone is saying that. But it’s a fact. Having spent three years living in China, I get very excited for certain food, drinks, rituals and holidays that are indigenous to that completely crazy place. It’s like I’m a…

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Harissa Pizza With North African Sausage + Yogurt Dipping Sauce


Don’t panic. This looks like a lot of work, but it’s not. Everything can be made ahead and each item in itself doesn’t take long to throw together. Additionally, many of the ingredients overlap, so you’re not buying as much as it looks like you need to. AND, lastly, there are actually several meals in here: North African Burgers, Pizza…

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Thai Thai Scones


I have been thinking, musing, daydreaming and jotting down ideas about this scone for months. When my tai tai’s (read little bits about my tai tai’s here and here) were coming for a visit this summer I wanted to do something special for them. A little culinary gift, if you will. I thought this Thai Thai Scone would be that…

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{ crispy + healthy-ish chicken nuggets }


crispy + healthy-ish chicken nuggets { shut up & eat } Living in China introduced me to lots of things. Lots of Chinese things (obvi), but also lots of European things. My first Euro find was Nutella. Although it’s been in the US since the 80s, I had never, ever tasted it. I know, weird. I would stroll the markets in…

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Chicken + Veggie Chow Mein


I can’t overemphasize how dire the Chinese food situation is where we live. There are two places: one charges a stupid amount of money per dish and the other is just depressing. I sometimes dream of opening up a tiny restaurant with just a walk-up window that only sells dumplings and noodles. To go. Only to go. Maybe I’ll even call…

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Petite Raspberry + Blueberry Scones With Hella Lemon Glaze


My life has consisted of two meals lately: noodles and scones. I’ve been messing around with chow mein noodles, rice noodles, pad Thai noodles and zucchini noodles (which we’re calling vasta, right???). I’ve been dressing them in slightly spicy peanut sauce, a thicker soy-based sauce or a heavy-on-the-sesame sauce. Sort of like my own little culinary version of My Size…

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Straight-Up Honky Kung Pao Chicken


For this kung pao chicken post, we’re going to pretend I never lived in China. What you’re about to witness is west-coast, quick, weeknight kung pao chicken. There isn’t much authentic happening here. If we were hanging in Mainland China together and we ordered kung pao chicken it would be a completely different experience. We’re talking Sichuan peppercorns that numb your tongue. It’s intoxicating.…

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Whiskey Sorbet + Dark Chocolate Pudding Cakes


This is a frisky marrying of a very new and very old recipe. This first one is adapted from the NY Times Dark Chocolate Mint Sorbet recipe. This sorbet is so dang easy to make I can hardly stand it. Zero cream. Nada eggs. Which makes me feel like I’m practically juicing it’s so healthy. I’m digging booze-cooking this week, so I wanted to…

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Carnitas + Cheesy Black Bean Enchiladas


carnitas +  cheesy black bean  enchiladas  { you’re actually getting two meals…whaaa? } Keep reading for the world’s best carnitas and, because I’m modest, the world’s best enchiladas. This should actually be two posts. But, I’m moving a little slow this week and consolidation makes total sense here. There are a couple of things happening at my house. First, I’m obsessed…

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Cashew + Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry


I’m sure any card-carrying Chinese person would look at this recipe and call it straight-from-the-motherland Chinese food. No hippie around, just Chinese. I’m adding the hippie part because this reminds me of something I would have eaten at a Dead show.  This feels vaguely familiar and was probably eaten in the back of a Volkswagen Bus. Can you picture it? I wouldn’t call myself…

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake


Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake I was hesitant to put this pumpkin cheesecake recipe up after Thanksgiving. Then I saw that Martha Stewart had pumpkin pie in her top ten list of Christmas desserts…so it suddenly felt relevant. Suddenly. This pumpkin cheesecake is one of those recipes that you can make a few days ahead, the whole thing, and not give it another…

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{ five-spice cranberries three ways }


five-spice cranberries cranberries + cocktails + appetizer I like a recipe that will serve multiple purposes. For instance, when I make tri-tip, you can always expect beef tacos the next day. And if it was an especially big tri-tip, than I will roll it into chili and I’ve got three meals under my belt. Boom. These cranberries are just like that. First, they’re a…

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Beer Crust Pizza


You ever have one of those moments where you could not be happier? Filled up with goodness and love and everything that is great in your life? I was having that moment last night and my daughter said, ‘Why are you so happy?’ I told her I could go back to being the psychotic hormonal crazy lady I was a week ago, if she’d…

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