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Shanghai Girls and a Shanghai Menu: Part 1

1 Dec

Eight interesting, smart and loud women sitting around a dining room table, enjoying a home cooked meal while discussing Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls. Some loved the book, most didn’t enjoy the ending and others just got bored after page 180…you know who you are! Nonetheless, everyone had a great time chatting about life, picking out new reading material for the next meetings and trying some new recipes inspired by the book. Welcome to Shanghai Girls and a Shanghai menu at my house! I hope this post inspires you to read the book and get a little adventurous in the kitchen with some delicious Asian cuisine. Continue reading

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

17 May

I use vanilla extract in practically all of my homemade desserts and I have never been particular about the brand. If it’s vanilla, I will buy it. And if I can buy it in bulk, even better. But when I saw this recipe for homemade vanilla extract in the archives of one of my favorite food blogs, Tiny Test Kitchen, I had to give it a shot. The recipe is so simple with only 2 ingredients (that’s right, I said 2) and I would just need the patience to wait for the flavors to age and develop. So I dug deep and found the patience, which is never easy for me, and it was totally worth it! Continue reading