• Thai Shrimp with Basil

    I have something to share. Thai cooking is easy peasy. I’m not kidding. I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with all the amazing salty, sour, hot and sweet flavors found in Thai cuisine and can’t believe how quickly I can whip something up in my wok or frying pan. This simple Thai stir-fry can be … Read More

  • Asian Shrimp and Spinach Salad

    This light and healthful salad is packed with folic acid and iron from the spinach and lean protein from the shrimp. I just served this easy peasy salad along with tom yum gai soup for a fun and bubbly girls champagne brunch. I added a bit of the mandarin orange juice to the champagne with … Read More

  • Thai Shrimp Cakes with Mango Sauce Recipe

    The four (starting-to-turn-overly-ripe) mangoes on my counter were staring at me yesterday and I was wondering what to do with them. Then I remembered this amazingly delicious Thai-inspired dish I made for Cooking For Love (my food and wine charity event) last year. As you can see, it makes for a gorgeous presentation and couldn’t … Read More

  • Pepper Steak Recipe

    I can’t think of anything more satisfying on a weekend night than Pepper Steak. Bursting with color from the bell peppers, this yummy dish marries simple ingredients like ginger, garlic, tomatoes and onions with flank or sirloin steak resulting in a tender and flavorful dish the whole family will love. This recipe proves that sometimes … Read More

  • Chinese New Year Whole Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

    Gung Hay Fat Choy!! Chinese New Year is Monday, January 23rd and it’s the Year of the Dragon. My mother, Leeann, was my hero. A true inspiration on every level who taught me to cook, love life and cherish your family and friends. Growing up in the Midwest, she did her best to teach us … Read More

  • Whole Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallions

    Ingredients 2 tablespoons salted black beans 1 1/2 pounds whole walleye, seabass or red snapper, well cleaned 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 green onions, with tops 1 teaspoon shredded fresh … Read More

  • Quinoa, Roasted Corn and Edamame Salad Recipe

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s….Super Food salad!  Quinoa is all the rage and for good reason.  This Super Food is on everyone’s lips because it’s a complete protein (meaning it contains 9 essential amino acids), is gluten-free and contains lysine to help repair tissue and is rich in magnesium.   No wonder this … Read More

  • Chicken Eggroll Recipe

    A lot of my friends in Los Angeles have complained that they can’t find their beloved New York Style eggrolls made with the thicker, egg-based wrappers which bubble on the outside when you cook them. Springrolls are made of skins which are lighter and crispier and are most commonly served at LA Chinese restaurants. The … Read More

  • Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe

    Oh my, how I love Pad Thai! It’s the ultimate comfort food for me. There’s just something about the tangy tamarind intermingled with the sweetness of the brown sugar and pungent fish sauce topped off with the crunch of the peanuts. This recipe was given to me by a friend in Bangkok years ago and … Read More

  • Wild Mushroom Aranchini (Risotto Balls)

    The launch party for my new cookbook, 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes, was a smashing success!   Over 150 guests enjoyed my friend Bill Tocantin’s delicious Elixir G Ginger Margaritas and appetizers featured in the book such as Thai Shrimp Cakes with Coconut Mango Sauce, Wild Mushroom Arancini (risotto balls), Shrimp Shu Mei, Lentil Dal, Wild … Read More