Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

When I started learning about Chinese cooking, the most intimidating part was the ingredients. My husband is Chinese, San Francisco has more than enough Chinese markets, but it’s still a little bit scary – especially when the labels aren’t in...
Chinese Roast Chicken

Chinese Roast Chicken

Shown above with Scallion-Jalapeno Pancakes Nothing says family dinner quite like a whole roast chicken. Growing up, my mom almost always served it with mashed potatoes. Sometimes I like to do it her way with lemon and rosemary – it just tastes like childhood to...
Chicken with Soupy Rice

Chicken with Soupy Rice

No, it’s not a mistake…this is a breakfast recipe. On a cold weekend (or any day I have the time to spend an hour on breakfast) morning, it’s wonderfully hearty and soothing. I suppose you could eat this any time of day though – in fact I...
Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is kind of a throwback recipe, but I’ve always loved it. Usually I do the normal method; cut a slit in the breast, stuff it with ham and cheese, then fry it up. But recently I accidentally thawed out thighs instead of breasts, and then...
Classic Bolognese Sauce

Classic Bolognese Sauce

I learned this recipe from my friend’s Italian grandmother. She calls it ‘Sunday Gravy’ – but as a midwestern farm girl that’s just confusing to me. In my house, we definitely ate gravy on Sundays, but it was usually served with biscuits...