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Year of the Ram

The Cantonese insist on serving fish for New Year's Eve dinner because it represents abundance. And because fish swim in pairs they are regarded as a symbol of marital bliss.

In a few days I will go home to celebrate Chinese New Years with my mother and family.

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Farmer’s Market

farmer's market carrots with tops

I love the farmer’s market this time of the year. I can’t help stopping by the Union Square Greenmarket every few days to take in the bounty. Right now, there’s a tinge of separation anxiety knowing that in the months to come the lush selection will start to dwindle as the cold weather sets in. […]

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Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge is #1 !?!!!

Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge Cover

I hardly ever check the Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge Amazon page. Imagine my amazement this morning when I opened it and discovered Sky has 180 reviews and it’s listed as the #1 Best Seller for Wok Cookery and for Chinese cooking. I’m sure by the time you read this the ranking will have dropped […]

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The luffa in Chinatown are still beautiful but they’re beginning to get big, a sure sign that summer is slipping away. It’s one of my favorite vegetables in stir-fries, braises, and soups. As the summer draws to a close the luffa becomes very fibrous. Soon they will be laid out in the sun to dry […]

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Spicy Dry-Fried Beef


Today’s Wok Wednesdays recipe is Spicy Dry-Fried Beef. It’s a very unique recipe because the meat is unmarinated and stir-fried longer than usual, until the beef flavor is concentrated and the texture of the meat is a little chewy. Most beef stir-fries take about 3 to 4 minutes to cook but the “extra” 4 minutes […]

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