Shumai (Siomai) are Filipino dumplings that were introduced to the country from China. .rather than being totally penned by the wrapper, the superior square measure left open in a very tulip-like form. These dumplings square measure stuffed with a seasoned pork and cabbage mixture, then steamed till poached through. They’re paired with a delicious soy sauce-based dipping sauce.

To steam the dumplings, I used a parchment-lined bamboo steamer set over a pan stuffed with merely enough water to not bit the lowest of the steamer. I froze the additional dumplings on the parchment-lined baking sheet till solid, then transferred them to a deep-freeze bag. I steam them straight from the deepfreeze with some of minutes further to the preparation time for a fast snack or lightweight lunch. You’ll conjointly double this formula to form loads directly for additional storage, though’ it looks mine continually disappear within the same quantity of your time no matter the amount.

I cooked the garlic for the dipping sauce by slicing off the highest of a head of garlic to reveal the highest of the cloves and drizzled them gently with vegetable oil. I wrapped the garlic in foil and cooked in a very four hundred degree F kitchen appliance till golden and simply cut, 30-50 minutes looking on the dimensions of the garlic.

The wrappers are found within the white goods or deep-freeze section of the many larger grocery stores or Asian food markets. I created my very own wrappers, as a result of I even have gotten spoiled on the style and the way a lot of easier they’re to handle.

Oyster sauce may be a dark brown sauce created by preparation oyster extract with salt and sugar. It’s common in Southeast Asian cuisines. Check the labels before shopping for. Lower quality sauces embody caramel coloring or different additives. It is found in Asian food markets or some larger grocery stores.



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Dipping Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon mashed roasted garlic

1/4 teaspoon palm coconut or rice vinegar

1/4 teaspoon sambal ulek or dried red pepper flakes


1 pound (450 grams) lean ground pork

1 clove garlic peeled and minced

1 1/2 teaspoons peeled and minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup (50 grams) finely shredded Napa cabbage

1 package (50 count- you will need about 30) round dumpling wrappers

Sesame seeds for topping


  1. To make the dipping sauce: Combine the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, and samba ulek or red pepper flakes. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make the dumplings: In a large bowl, mix together the pork, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and black pepper just until combined. Mix in cabbage.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Fill a small bowl with water. Remove the dumplings from the package and cover with a lightly damp cloth on work surface.
  4. Lightly moisten the edges of a dumpling wrapper with water, then flip over so the dry side is up. Spread about 1 heaping teaspoon evenly over the surface of the wrapper.
  5. Either places the wrapper in the palm of your non-dominent hand or evenly across the circle made from putting the tips of your thumb and forefinger together. Use a knife or your spoon to press the edges of the wrapper towards the center around the circle, leaving the top of the dumpling open. Tighten your forefinger and thumb around the sides of the dumpling to seal and form a tulip shape. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of the meat filling. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer, without touching.
  6. To cook the dumplings: Place the prepared dumplings in a steamer, being careful not to overcrowd. Cover and steam until the dumplings is firm and cooked through, 8-12 minutes. If desired, top with sesame seeds.
  7. Serve hot with prepared dipping sauce.


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Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May.  It is of course the day to remember all the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to this great nation.

But it is also marks the beginning of summer, Yay!

Traditionally it’s the first day one can wear white colored pants (remember back in the day when wearing white pants was only acceptable between Memorial and Labor Days?).  It’s a day of rest and relaxation; a day to spend with family and friends; and a day to barbecue!

A Memorial Day barbecue was something I always looked forward to growing up in New York.  It was the first day my dad would fire up the backyard grill and the women would bring out all sorts of meats to grill, tons of side dishes, and my favorite part all the dessert!  Yes Memorial Day was a big deal at our humble home in Queens.

I’m not too sure if it was a big deal  because my grandfather was a Captain in the Philippine/American Army led by General MacArthur during WWII, or that my great uncle survived the forced march to Corrigedor with his fellow soldiers (American and Filipino) during that same war, or if we were just a house full of first generation immigrants thankful for the welcome we received from our newly adopted country and all the opportunities it offered.  Whatever the reason my family took to celebrating Memorial Day (and all the other American holidays) with a gusto only grateful immigrants can muster.  So for us a Memorial Day barbecue was a definite must!

Now a Memorial Day barbecue doesn’t mean you’ll just throw some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, although you can if you like, it can be so much more fun!  You can decorate using a patriotic theme, grill all sorts of meats, have all types of sides, and whatever desserts your heart desires.  Think of your Memorial Day Barbecue as a trial run for the big event…your 4th. of July Barbecue!  Here are some ideas and recipes to get you started!

Decorate the front door (or anywhere) with a basket of flags!

Just grab a bunch of small flags from Walmart or Target and fill up a small basket and tack it to your door.  Or if you prefer grab some larger flags and fill up a basket you can place on the table top or even on the ground.

You can even stick the flags in potted plants!

Wood Pallets

Paint wooden pallets of any size in patriotic colors.  You can add a wooden star, or not, or paint on the stars if you’re so inclined.

You can get small pallets at craft stores or even Walmart’s craft department.  They make great wall or door plaques.

You can find larger pallets at home improvement stores or ask your local stores if they have any from their deliveries.  They’ll more than likely be happy to give you a pallet or two just so they don’t have to throw them away.


Mason Jars

Paint mason jars in patriotic colors using acrylic paints.  They make great vases and utensil caddies for your table.

Painted Cans

You can also paint cans to use as utensil caddies, napkin holders, vases, centerpieces, etc.

This is a cute and inexpensive way to decorate for your Memorial Day Barbecue.



Colored Water Vases

Don’t want to paint?  No problem turn clear jars or bowls into patriotic vases with food coloring.  So simple yet so pretty!


Of course the most important part of any Memorial Day Barbecue is the food!  Here are some yummy recipes you can try for your Barbecue!

Butter Burgers

Try these Butter Burgers they are the best burgers ever!


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Kalbi Beef Kebabs

Looking for something other than burgers and dogs?  Try these Kalbi Beef Kebabs, they are awesome!

You can even use them to fill small corn tortillas.  Add some shredded cabbage and sprinkle with chopped green onions and you’ve got the perfect Kalbi Street Tacos!  Click here for the recipe!

Chipotle Lime Corn On the Cob

No barbecue is complete without some corn on the cob.

Try these Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob, they are super delish!

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Skillet Frozen Corn

Prefer your corn off the cob?  Try this Skillet Corn dish using frozen corn.

Use the same seasoned butter used in the Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob (click here for that recipe)

Melt the seasoned butter in a cast iron skillet.

Add Frozen Corn

Sprinkle with 1 Tbs. Smoked Paprika and 1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder

Keep mixing the corn so it doesn’t burn and evenly distribute the seasoning.

When the corn is cooked sprinkle with chopped cilantro and squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime over all before serving.

Garlic Parmesan Asparagus Spears

Take advantage of summer veggies like asparagus.

These Garlic Parmesan Asparagus Spears are super easy to make in the oven.

Just take 2 lbs. spears with bottom ends cut off and arrange them in a baking pan.

Mix together: 1 Tbs. Lemon Pepper, 2 Tbs. Olive Oil, 1 Tbs. Minced Garlic and drizzle over asparagus spears.

Sprinkle with 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake in 425º oven for 15 -20 minutes.

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This mango guacamole makes a fun appetizer for any party and comes together in just a few minutes! Serve it with some tortilla chips for a quick and easy appetizer or snack.

If I had to select one among my favorite things to eat, other than course, it’d need to be avocados. I invariably get many after we go grocery looking and add them to salads throughout the week, use them to create dip, and even incorporate them into my dinners. To mention i really like avocados would in all probability be sarcasm.Because I sometimes get many on the weekend, I’m invariably making an attempt to search out alternative ways to use them. I’ve invariably dear the mix of mangos and avocados, thus I patterned why not create a dip out of it? I need to say that I believe I found a replacement favorite thanks to use avocados with this recipe! The items of mango during this dip try absolutely with the creamy avocados.

This dip is ideal served with some hotcake chips and makes a good starter to bring on to parties for the summer.

Since I’m not a large fan of sliced onions in dip I used onion powder during this formula. However, you’ll be able to be happy to omit the onion powder and use some sliced onion if you prefer. I conjointly additional 1/2 a jalapeño and simply removed the seeds to create it a touch less spicy.The mango guacamole is optional, but gives it a little extra flavor!

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3 medium ripe avocados halved, peeled, and pitted
1 lime juiced
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 jalapeño seeded and minced
1 mango peeled and chopped


1. In a large bowl, add the avocados and mash well. Mix in the lime juice, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
2. Add the jalapeño and mango and mix until fully combined.
3. Refrigerate in an airtight container (cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent browning) until ready to serve.

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Spicy Blistered Green Olives

The humble green olive, you gotta love them!  Olives and eating them have been around for thousands of years.  Evidence of its cultivation and consumption dates back almost 6000 years to the Levant area in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Crete.  Olive oil has been traded since pre-Christian times.  And I believe olives have been cooked and eaten in some way or another since then.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they made Spicy Blistered Green Olives in a fire pit back in the day!

In fact my husband who was born in the Middle East in what is today known as the West Bank has many childhood memories of eating freshly roasted olives prepared by his grandmother during the olive picking season.  To hear his stories one is led to believe that his grandmother prepared it in the centuries old way of roasting them over an open fire in the yard, the same place she made her flat breads.

Actually today we still eat olives prepared the same way pretty much as they were prepared way back then because you really can’t eat the fruit picked straight from the tree.  Yes, olives are fruit not veggies, but fresh from the tree they are basically inedible.  They’re bitter and have an unappetizing texture.  To make olives edible they must be brined, roasted, or cooked in some way.  Most of us in the US know only the brined or pickled olives that we find in cans and jars in the supermarket, or floating in a martini, rarely do we find fresh olives that we must prepare at home.

We’ve also “discovered” or really “re-discovered” that olives are healthy for us.  A fact which was known thousands of years ago.  Olives are packed with nutrients that have many benefits.  Olives are heart healthy and has been shown to prevent heart disease; studies have shown that green olives can prevent osteoporosis; olives contain large amounts of antioxidants which help prevent certain types of cancers; they can help reduce Arthritis inflammation and pain; and they are believed to be natural treatments for ulcers.  The list actually goes on so I think it’s safe to say that including olives and olive oil in your diet has positive health benefits.

Having said all that I know that not everyone is overly found of olives and I doubt there’ll be a mad rush to buy barrels of brined olives.  So here’s a recipe inspired by my husband’s stories about his grandma’s roasted olives that might help you like olives enough to include them in your diet.  I call them Spicy Blistered Green Olives, but unlike the grandma I cook them on my stove and not outside in an open fire; although if you have a fire pit you might want to give it a go!

Spicy Blistered Green Olives are delicious!  You can eat them hot or cold, they make awesome appetizers, and terrific snacks.  I usually leave a bowl of Spicy Blistered Green Olives on the table and everyone who walks by can’t help but pop an olive or two in his mouth each time they walk by.

Aside from the fact that they’re simply yummy and have positive health benefits these Spicy Blistered Green Olives are super easy to make.  They are a healthier alternative to chips, cookies, and other carbohydrate laden snacks out there.  So here’s the recipe!

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Spicy Blistered Green Olives


1  10oz. Jar of Garlic Stuffed Green Olives

2 Tbs Olive Oil

2 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 Tbl Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tbl Fresh Lemon Juice


Heat olive oil in sauté pan

Drain Olives and add contents of jar including garlic pieces to the hot oil

Cook until all sides start to turn brown and the olive sort of starts to get wrinkles

Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to brown

Add salt and peppers and mix well

Remove from heat and drizzle lemon juice over all

Toss a bit and serve


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  1. Heat olive oil in sauté pan
  2. Drain Olives and add contents of jar including garlic pieces to the hot oil
  3. Cook until all sides start to turn brown and the olive sort of starts to get wrinkles
  4. Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to brown
  5. Add salt and peppers and mix well
  6. Remove from heat and drizzle lemon juice over all
  7. Toss a bit and serve
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled eggsIf you look on Pinterest you’ll see that just about all Instant Pot lovers are raving about Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.  They talk about how perfect and easy to peel these eggs are and how you’ll never eat hard boiled eggs cooked any other way.

Seriously?  Even I can’t work up enough excitement about hard boiled eggs regardless how they’re made.  I mean I like hard boiled eggs well enough.  I like them for egg salads and deviled eggs mostly.  I can’t really thing how else I use them except perhaps for breakfast or snack on some days; and of course for coloring during Easter.  But I felt obliged to add my two cents in to this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg conversation.  So here goes!

Let me begin by saying that intimidating as it had first appeared to be, I love my Instant Pot!  An Instant Pot is an electric pot that is like a crockpot on steroids.  It does just about everything your regular crockpot can do, it just does it faster because it’s really a pressure cooker.  Now this does have it’s benefits like veggies don’t get mushy like they can do in a crockpot because they’ve been cooking for 8 hours, and of course you can make your favorite crockpot recipes in less than an hour.

Now what does this have to do with hard boiled eggs?  Well Instant Port Hard Boiled Eggs aren’t really boiled, they’re pressure cooked in just about 7 minutes.  Wow right?  Well I guess it’s pretty amazing because in 7 minutes you actually do end up with perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs that are very easy to peel.  So no frustrating and wasteful egg shells with some of the whites stubbornly stuck on them; no weirdly shaped eggs with sides gouged out because the whites stuck to the shells.  In short perfect eggs for coloring and making deviled eggs.

How do you make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs?  Easy peasy!  Here’s how!

Place trivet onto the bottom of your Instant Pot.

Add 1 cup of water.

Arrange as many eggs as you can on the trivet, I have a model Lux80 and can fit about 16 large eggs.

Lock lid in place making sure valve is in sealing position.

Turn Instant Pot on to Manual and adjust time to 7 Minutes.

When Pot beeps let it depressurize naturally for 5 minutes – watch the timer on the pot.

When it reaches 5 minutes carefully turn valve to venting for quick pressure release.

Prepare a large bowl with ice water.

Once pot is completely depressurized open lid and using tongs or slotted spoon lift eggs out of pot and place in bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

Leave eggs in ice bath for 5 minutes then use or store as needed.

You’ll see what I mean when you peel those eggs, the shell seems to literally just fall off!  And of course the egg is cooked perfectly too!

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Chinese New Year Dinner Ideas

chinese new yearGung Hei Fat Choy!  Chinese New Year falls on February 5th. this year.  Why not ring in Year of the Pig with a Chinese themed dinner for your friends and family?

Chinese New Year also called the Lunar New Year or the Chinese Spring Festival is the most important Chinese festival of the year; it’s a time for merry making and also a time to go to temple to pray to the deities and honor the ancestors.  It’s a 15 day celebration filled with parades, lion and dragon dances, family reunions and parties, firecrackers and fireworks, gifts of money stuffed in red envelopes, wishes for a new year filled with joy, prosperity, and good fortune, and lots of wonderful Chinese food.

During Chinese New Year many of my friends head off to the Chinese restaurants for extravagant feasts of huge prawns, lobsters, dim sum, roast duck and pork, and other Chinese specialties.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to some of these gatherings and believe me you walk away pleasantly stuffed!

2019’s Chinese New Year ushers in The Year of the Pig.  The Pig symbolizes wealth and affluence in Chinese astrology so what better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than sharing a Chinese themed meal with your loved ones.  You don’t have to be Chinese to honor this very important festival nor do you have to splurge on a 9 Course Meal at a fancy Chinese restaurant, although that would be a great treat!  You can celebrate Chinese New Year at home with a bit of creativity and preparations in the kitchen.

chinese new yearFirst off you can decorate with red the traditional color for Chinese New Year decorations.

Red paper lanterns are the least expensive way to go.  You can order a set from Amazon or buy some at your local party store.

Add in some paper fans and you’re good to go!

You can set the table with red lacquer rice bowls and bamboo chopsticks.

To complete the look set us a nice centerpiece that includes red flowers!

But the most important thing is the food!  So here are some of our favorite recipes that you can try for your Chinese New Year celebration dinner!

chinese new yearAsian Fried Chicken


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chinese new year
Salt & Pepper Shrimp


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chinese new year

Beef Broccoli 

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chinese new yearHoney Sesame Seed Shrimp


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chinese new yearSpicy Eggplant with Minced Pork


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chinese new yearSesame Tofu Side Dish


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chinese new yearSweet & Sour Fish

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Peking Duck

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Lobster Cantonese


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