Blueberry Muffins
Baking / Breakfast

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins always have a special place in my heart; and, only a few things can top a relaxing Sunday morning of blueberry muffins and coffee.  These muffins are simple, light, fluffy- and bursting with blueberry goodness! Opt for unbleached flour and aluminum-free baking powder to improve the taste of muffins.   Unbleached flour uses … Continue reading

Black Sesame Dumplings in Ginger Sweet Soup
Chinese / Cooking / Dessert

Black Sesame Dumplings in Ginger Sweet Soup

Today marks the Winter Solstice Festival (“Dongzhi” 冬至), which is an important festival in Chinese culture and typically celebrated on/around December 22nd.  This tradition dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) when both government officials and commoners would have a day to reunite with their families. In the southern parts of China, especially Hong … Continue reading

Steamed Preserved Duck and Taro with Miso and Garlic
Chinese / Cooking / Duck

Steamed Preserved Duck and Taro with Miso and Garlic

It’s always such a blessing when I get some of Grandma’s home cooking, especially this Steamed Preserved Duck and Taro with Miso and Garlic.  The ingredients don’t have to be fancy.  The cooking doesn’t have to be complicated.  And the atmosphere doesn’t have to be posh.  But Grandma’s food always have the ability to tug … Continue reading