Main Dishes

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hamburger Helper in Shanghai, but like any Western food, it’s probably available somewhere. But, you don’t need to bother to look for it with this fantastic copycat recipe!

Sloppy Joe Spring Rolls

Sloppy Joe Spring Rolls

My kitchen gets really interesting when I combine my western cooking style with Asian ingredients. Look at some of the great restaurants in the world. What many have in common is their ability to successfully fuse different cuisines into one memorable dish. So what happens when you toss out that […]

Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Mushroom Crustless Quiche

Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Mushroom Crustless Quiche

Because caramelized red onions can only make a dish taste better. We have never eaten quiche for dinner. Never. Seriously. Not once. In my humble opinion it’s a delicious brunch dish perfect for small gatherings and potlucks. But my ayi wanted to learn to make quiche so since Mr. A wasn’t […]

Featured Product: Monster Steak’s Dry-Aged Ribeye Steak

Featured Product: Monster Steak’s Dry-Aged Ribeye Steak

So this is my first Sponsored Post and to be entirely truthful, I could not have asked for a better product! Christmas time in Shanghai means markets! Unlike Europe, where the markets are outside in the blustering cold, Christmas Market’s in Shanghai usually take place inside lavish hotels and schools. My […]

Turkey and Spicy Lamb Sausage Gumbo

Turkey and Spicy Lamb Sausage Gumbo

      It’s getting cold out here. Not like Toledo cold, where it gets to -10F with a foot of snow, but Shanghai 35F cold. We’re spoiled here I know. My internal winter shell is gone. A mere 3 years out of Toledo and I’m like a baby as soon […]

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Bean and Cheese Burrito

My husband and I have been on a 2016 healthy kick for about a week now. It’s going pretty good. We’re both using MyFitnessPal to track our calories and activity level. It’s amazing how many calories are in the simplest of foods. Take Kirkland’s Dried Fruit and Nut Medley. I […]

Ho Chi Minh Cooking Classes

Ho Chi Minh Cooking Classes

We chose to spend Christmas and the New Years in Vietnam this year. The lure of exotic foods coupled with a relaxing stint on the beach is exactly what we were in the mood for. We’ve been to Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines so far but we’ve avoided Vietnam because of […]

Turmeric Turkey Stir Fry

Turmeric Turkey Stir Fry

Still trying to hack through your turkey leftovers? I ended up freezing about 3lbs of leftover turkey this year. A lot less than last year but there were more guests this year. My kids begged that I not turn the turkey into a soup or noodle casserole if I was […]

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo Rigatoni

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo Rigatoni

I tried my hand on the Spaghetti Pie a few weeks ago. While not a complete success it was delicious. Not to be discouraged by my initial failed attempt at recreating a creative Italian dish, I decided to try it again. This time I used rigatoni noodles and Alfredo sauce and […]

Barbecue Slow-Cooker Brisket with Macaroni and Cheese

Barbecue Slow-Cooker Brisket with Macaroni and Cheese

My favorite restaurant in Shanghai is Commune Social. It’s one of the many restaurants around the world owned by Chef Jason Atherton from the UK. I was shocked to know that he has a restaurant in shanghai. Not going to Pollen Street Social was one of my big regret about my limited time in […]

Baked Cheeseburger Spring Rolls 

Baked Cheeseburger Spring Rolls 

Sorry everyone but no Menu Monday this week. My daughter has a Zumba performance tonight followed by a potluck banquet. It took me a about a minute to figure out what I would bring. My dear friend Faye’s famous Cheeseburger Egg Rolls! Every time she makes them, my kids eat […]