Beet Tostadas

Did any of you – particularly those of you who live in drier climates – ever carry around a coin to diffuse static charges? This is something I always associated with my grandparents on my dad’s side. This wasn’t usually an issue in Southern California, where I grew up, but they live in a desert

Slow cooker “Vietnamese” chicken and bok choy

I grew up in Southern California, so I had a lot of friends who were fluent in both English and Spanish. I always thought being multilingual was the coolest thing ever! But… I am very bad at languages. In my GATE class in 5th grade, we had a section where we were learning French. I

Spicy Shrimp Inari Sushi

What is your favorite kind of sushi? I think when most people ask this, they often mean sashimi, and are expecting to get a response like tuna or salmon. But if you ask me, my favorite type of sushi is inari sushi. Sweet fried soybean curd pockets, filled with sushi rice. It’s often known as

Curry Beef

I know it’s completely impractical and there are lots of things I wouldn’t want on film, but. Sometimes, I wish there were a way to magically have video recordings of any point in your life. I’m sure a lot of people would love this for sentimental reasons, or to prove something happened, but… Y’all, I

Cucumber Kimchi

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a dancer. And if you’re a dancer, you’ll get this, but if not, you may not realize… but dancers, every last one of us, are really freaking clumsy. We can be super graceful or hard-hitting on stage, but the moment we stop performing, we turn into baby giraffes. I went

Bacon Crunchy Shrimp Roll

Way back in 2006, a year after Son and I started dating, he had ?an idea ? “You should start a food blog,” he said, “we’ll make so much money!” This was way back before everybody and their mother were blogging, and food blogs were a new exciting thing nobody was doing yet. “And, because

Kuromame (simmered black soybeans)

I know this is a little after the fact, but what are your New Year’s traditions? I love hearing about all the different things that other cultures and families do to celebrate, or the lucky things that you’re supposed to do or eat. I’m half Japanese, so my family always does a huge sushi feast

Kimchi

I’ve been to South Korea exactly once, and it was on a 12-hr layover on the way home from Vietnam. For the two weeks in Vietnam, we had been wearing shorts and tank tops for the hot, humid weather. But in Korea it was rainy and cold, so it was a last-minute scramble to figure

Apple Beet Crisp

In high school, a friend once told me, “you know what I hate about you, Allison? It’s that you have no opinions.” Unsurprisingly we grew apart real fast after high school, but the thing is, she wasn’t wrong. I spent most of my life being afraid of people judging me. And because of that, I

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