Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 - Year of the Ox

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 – Year of the Ox

Chinese New Year 2021 is this Friday, February 12th. The Chinese zodiac animal for 2021 is the ox. Since the Chinese New Year (which marks the start of a new lunar year) is China’s most important holiday, I want to share some of the things that are a part of it. My friend Jerry Zee did a … Read More

5+ Traditional Ways for Families to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 (Plus NYC “Year of the Rooster” Events)

Chinese New Year 2017, the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, is this upcoming weekend on Saturday (January 28th).  It is the Year of the Rooster. I wanted to know how actual Chinese families celebrate so I asked a couple of my friends (Claudia and Yungling) who are from China. Their answers were very … Read More

Celebrate Chinese New Year: Fortune Cookie Recipe

Credit: Plato SpelunksI have mentioned Handstand Kids Cookbook Company in the past. (I celebrated National Spaghetti Day with their “Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs”.) Their cookbook kits really are a great way for kids to experience preparing and eating recipes from around the world. To celebrate Chinese New Year, try their recipe for “Tell My Future … Read More

The Meaning of the Chinese New Year

I majored in History-Sociology at Columbia, so I love learning about the history of various holidays and special events. Take a look at this video from History.com (one of my favorite history sites) to learn a brief history of the colorful meaning of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

13 New Year food wishes for 2013

Happy New Year! I hope that 2013 has started off on a great note for you and your family. I’m excited to see what this new year will bring. I’m going (relatively) easy on the resolutions this year, since my theme for 2013 is “less is more”. I have been a list maker since I … Read More

Healthy(ish) Easy Egg Foo Young Recipe

When I was 16, I worked at a Chinese-American restaurant. I definitely admire my bosses’ work ethic, because it was one of the hardest jobs that I ever had. As God is my witness, I will never accept “peeling buckets of onions daily” as a job requirement again! 🙂 Anyway, I primarily made the American foods, but I did make a few of the easy Chinese dishes.

In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year (February 10th), I’m going to share a couple of easy Chinese recipes this week. One of the things that I noticed was that the food that my bosses prepared for their family was very different from the food that they served to the general public…it was much healthier. As such, I’m sharing a healthy(ish) version of one of my favorite Chinese dishes…egg foo young. I know that a lot of restaurants in New York add sprouts and cabbage or peas and carrots to their egg foo young, but I don’t. I prepare the meat omelet the same way that I did 20+ years ago (?!). I just don’t fry it in oil and I serve it with brown rice instead of white rice. [Read more…]

AAPI Heritage Month 2023 Recipes

5 Popular Recipes to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month 2023

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023 began on May 1st and ends on May 31st. Food plays a large role in cultural connections so I’m sharing five recipes to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month 2023. Asians and Pacific Islanders have rich heritages which have influenced America’s history in a variety of ways. Their contributions and … Read More

Tasty Ways to Introduce Other Cultures to Your Kids

Introducing our sons to other cultures is very important to my husband Reggie and me. Since we have friends from a variety of ethnic groups this is easy to do in fun ways. This past Saturday we attended a Chinese New Year party at our friends home. Several of our friends brought dishes from their … Read More

good and tired february 2018 review

Good and Tired (February 2018 Review)

February was a blur. There was a lot of life packed into those 28 days! My month was full of meetings, workshops, and trainings. Although I’m not a big fan of meetings overall, I’m fine with them when they are purposeful and informative. Fortunately, all of the meetings that I attended in February checked both … Read More