The Chinese believe (according to my five-minute research session on Wikipedia) that sweets are considered good luck. In addition, foods with a surprise on the inside are super good luck. So, when my friend Alison invited us to a going-away barbecue for our friends Liz and Ryan (who are moving to a much sunnier state), [...]
Nothing like a little dim sum on a Wednesday night, I always say. Seriously. I’m always saying that. What is dim sum? In class, we learned that the words roughly translate to “whatever touches your heart.” So, basically, choosing to eat small bites of whatever you fancy from a large selection of yummy Chinese morsels. [...]
Probably in my top five all-time favorite movies, I’m ashamed to say, is Dumb and Dumber. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve seen it so many times that I know all the lines, or if when I saw it for the first time I was at an impressionable age, or if I saw it [...]
Nothing quite as nice as a weekend with no plans. No traveling, no weddings, no obligation to be anywhere. For dinner last night, we went for sushi around the corner. Then we came back and I marinated some chicken for today’s lunch and baked up some dog biscuits for Andie (come on, we all know [...]
Another quarter in part-time culinary school has begun. One of myy chef instructors this quarter, Chef Chu Yen Luke, says all we need to bring to his class each week are two tools: our body, and a potato peeler. The rest, is provided for us.
Three years ago last week, Michael and I got married in Northern Michigan on 7.7.07. It was a perfect day (aren’t all wedding days?), and we have lots of memories from the entire wedding week. One of the things I wish I remembered more is the food at our reception. My mom spent all kinds [...]
I had a busy weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. We got in late Friday night, had a wedding on Saturday, and then I co-hosted my sister-in-law Katey’s bridal shower tea party on Sunday morning. It was all very fun and all very worth it! I was in charge of desserts and games for the shower. On [...]
After getting back from a whirlwind weekend in Nashville, Kentucky for a family reunion, all I wanted to do was order takeout and go to bed. But we rallied and made dinner at home. Luckily, all the grocery shopping was done, so we just had to do a little easy prep work. I’d definitely make [...]
Cherry Cheesecake Cookies When people think of the smells that remind them of summer, fresh cherry pie, the beach, or charcoal grills often come to mind. But for me, blue Dawn dish soap reminds me of summer. Yes, I am a bizarre girl.