[LESS INFO] 657 VIEWS | ADDED 18:52:20 11/23/10
Soupy buns, otherwise known as xiaolongbao, are actually plump meaty dumplings with a thin skin and a pocket of rich broth. You have to be careful eating them or they will spurt all over your shirt. Watch this video to learn how to do it right!
[LESS INFO] 229 VIEWS | ADDED 18:58:38 09/14/10
Nell doesn’t give many interviews so I was thrilled when she agreed to meet and talk about the company and share some fun stories about her Dad. We also were excited to taste some delicious, new foods from Newman’s Own.
[LESS INFO] 192 VIEWS | ADDED 22:43:13 08/24/10
I visited my dear friend Caroline Courtauld's English country house, Spencers, and its gorgeous gardens at the height of mid-summer. The stunning 1 1/2-acre garden was at its peak and awash in a sea of vivd colors. It was spectacular!
[LESS INFO] 196 VIEWS | ADDED 00:52:54 10/14/09
For Chef Masaharu Morimoto, "cutting boards and knives are sacred." As a cook, I have been impressed with the importance of cleavers and knives, but never on the level as this Japanese chef. When I first met Morimoto two years ago, he was on a book tour, traveling to Boston. The airline had somehow misplaced his luggage with his magical knives inside. He couldn’t eat or sleep until they were found. Soon, apparently, you will be able to buy knives like the ones he uses through the website, www.chefmorimoto.com. According to Morimoto, his knives are superior to most commercially available knives. He feels as though they are an extension of his arm. Just as a samurai warrior feels passion and reverence for his sword, as you can see in the video, Morimoto has similar feelings for his knives. Enjoy! Nina
[LESS INFO] 210 VIEWS | ADDED 01:21:33 09/30/09
The Harvest Moon Festival and Moon Cakes are very special to me. First of all, it was one of the first foods I tasted many years ago when I went to live in Taiwan. If you happen to go to Chinatown, you will see the Chinese bakery shelves are filled with numerous varieties- each one with a different filling. The Chinese like their moon cakes stuffed with red bean paste, lotus seed paste, dried fruits and occasionally garnished with a salty duck egg yolk. Sound appetizing? They can be cloying and not as appealing to the western palate. I learned a wonderful version of moon cakes from a Chinese chef years ago in Taiwan and I’ve further adapted the recipe. My Five-Treasure Moon Cakes have a buttery-vanilla crust stuffed with a sumptuous apricot marmalade filling and it is one of my favorite recipes. I like to make a batch or two of the dough and filling and stuff them. I then freeze the uncooked, shaped cakes in plastic bags and bake them the day I am serving them. They are delicious served with tea. Let’s all celebrate this beautiful, but poignant time of year! (Winter’s on the way.) Enjoy the full, harvest moon and make moon cakes. Nina Moon cake presses can be ordered through Woks ‘n’ Things, 2234 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Phone: 312-842-0701
[LESS INFO] 172 VIEWS | ADDED 21:36:38 09/15/09
According to celebrity chef Ming Tsai, shrimp fried rice was the first dish that he learned to cook as a child. Now, many years later, after training in France, Japan, and in restaurants around the country, the owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass has updated the recipe to make it even more delicious and healthy. Ming created the recipe inspired by the Healthy Eating Pyramid. To learn more, go to NutritionSource.com at the Harvard School of Public Health website. Ming is not only a member of the Nutrition Roundtable, but a national spokesperson for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), working to further education and research on food allergies. To learn more about Ming, his restaurant, books, and other activities, check out Ming.com. Ming’s shrimp fried rice is a sumptuous meal-in-one dinner and the leftovers are terrific for lunch or dinner the next day. Enjoy! Nina
[LESS INFO] 155 VIEWS | ADDED 00:38:58 09/02/09
Let’s face it. When it comes to dinner, we want it all: * Easy * Delicious * Healthy I’m no different even though I’m a cookbook author with 10 books to my credit. Making dinner every night can be a drag. Dr. Lillian Cheung, a nutritionist from the Harvard School of Public Health, loves to cook, and she knows what’s good for you. Lillian and I went to a Farmer’s Market and were inspired. Using the HSPH newly-designed Food Pyramid (you can actually understand it!), Lillian and I give different ideas for a great autumn menu. Go to the Recipe section for * Cantonese-style Microwave-Steamed Halibut with Scallions and Ginger * Roasted Ratatouille with Zucchini, Eggplant, and Cherry Tomatoes (great for leftovers) * Roasted Brussels Sprouts * Herbal Brown Rice For information on the newly formed HSPH Pyramid, go to the News Section on SpicesofLife.com. Enjoy! Nina
[LESS INFO] 137 VIEWS | ADDED 14:32:27 06/22/09
This is one of my basic recipes that I use with all fresh vegetables including broccolini, but you could substitute any vegetable from baby cabbage hearts, green beans, snow peas, zucchini to spinach. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
[LESS INFO] 139 VIEWS | ADDED 20:14:19 03/03/09
Have you checked out the variety of prepared foods in your supermarket lately? You can take a roasted chicken and dress it up or cut it down. Add a sauce or vegetable and make it look homemade. I make full use of many of the following convenience items: * All kinds of ethnic staples and simmering sauces line the international aisle * Enticing frozen produce and prepared meats * Fresh and frozen pastas * Pre-cut and prepared fresh produce It’s never been a better time for health-conscious cooks. Enjoy!! Nina
[LESS INFO] 132 VIEWS | ADDED 19:37:45 02/24/09
Have you ever seen a hamburger or a bunch of French fries cook a delicious, healthy dinner?? Sounds crazy, huh? Well, that’s exactly what we did with the Odd Noggins , a creative and offbeat group of video artists. Like many families, they wanted some easy, healthy and delicious dinner ideas. Dinner Doctor to the rescue… Enjoy the fun. Nina
[LESS INFO] 126 VIEWS | ADDED 18:20:52 02/10/09
Jody Adams, chef/owner of Rialto restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., is a master at creating delicious Mediterranean and Italian dishes. She has also won a James Beard award for her cooking and has written a lovely book, In the Hands of a Chef . For her Easy Dinner, Pyramid-Style, Jody created a Pan-Seared Atlantic Char over Farro with Olives and Pistachios (plus lots of delicious vegetables). You can also use salmon or another firm-fleshed fish. The dish is smashing, and leftovers are delicious as well. Go to the recipe section for directions. Brighten up you winter menu with this easy, delicious, and (dare I say?) healthy meal! Enjoy!! Nina *Did you notice the days are getting longer? YAY!!!
[LESS INFO] 267 VIEWS | ADDED 01:16:20 01/28/09
Public Television Chef Ming Tsai wears many hats: * He is the owner/chef of Blue Ginger, an awarding-winning East-West restaurant in Wellesley, MA * The star of a popular TV show, Simply Ming, now in its sixth season * Author of three books * Product designer for his own line of East-West food products at Target Stores * Active member of the Nutrition Round Table at the Harvard School of Public Health. MIng created a healthy, easy, and delicious version of Shrimp Fried Rice. Go to SpicesofLife.com for the recipe and www.ming.com for more information on the multi-talented Ming Tsai. Enjoy!!! Nina