collage of 4 photos: upper left 3 har gow in a steamer basket; upper right kung pao chicken in a bowl with white rice; lower left sesame noodles; lower right scallion pancakes

Chinese New Year—35+ Best Recipes

Chinese New Year is my kind of holiday—parading dragons, fireworks, and food (lots of food!). The dragons and fireworks are meant to scare off evil spirits and auspicious foods portend … Read more

overhead shot of 3 har gow shrimp dumplings in a bamboo steamer basket

Har Gow Chinese Shrimp Dumplings

Har Gow, plump Chinese shrimp dumplings in a tender translucent wrapper, are arguably the best dim sum dumplings. My family of three can’t have a dim sum meal without ordering … Read more

low angle shot of the dish with the sauce and limes in the background

Thai Fish Cakes or Tod Mun Pla

Thai Fish Cakes, or Tod Mun Pla, are loaded with the flavors of lemongrass, cilantro, and hot chiles. This recipe uses Thai curry paste, which provides layers of flavor without … Read more

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is kind of a dream come true for me. It’s easy to make (like, really easy!), delicious, and tastes like it’s really naughty but it’s … Read more

Szechuan Shrimp

Szechuan shrimp is spicy and full of flavor. It is perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year or any occasion. And it’s easy to make, too! Chinese New Year is the … Read more

fish tacos cookeed in a cast iron skillet

Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Today, I bring you another recipe from my latest book, Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals. This time I’m sharing my recipe for Blackened Fish … Read more

Smoked trout spread on crackers on a cutting board

Super Lemony Smoked Trout Spread

Have you noticed, attentive readers, how much I love smoked fish? (Permit me to introduce into evidence Exhibit A and Exhibit B.) This is because smoked fish has a very delicious … Read more

Sardine salad in a blue bowl with bread on the side

Sardine Salad with Parsley and Lemon

Tapas-style sardine salad makes a good appetizer, lunch, small dinner plate, snack, or even breakfast. I owe a big thank you to my food-loving friend Carolyn for introducing me to … Read more