Ragu Alla Bolognese

A traditional Italian sauce with so many different versions and oh so good on top of pasta and garnished with Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano. It epitomizes cooking in Bologna, Italy and is a meat-based sauce where garlic and basil are usually absent. Often just seasoned with salt and pepper,  grated nutmeg and occasionally a bay leaf. Tagliatelle is the preferred … Continue reading

General Tso’s Chicken, Chinese Version

Are you looking for the Americanized General Tso chicken that is very sweet or a dish originally created by Peng Chang-kuei, a Hunanese chef exiled from Taiwan? I found two American versions of this popular Chinese dish I liked online and two recipes from my Chinese cookbooks. Fuchsia Dunlop, “Revolutionary Chinese Cooking” and Kian Lam Kho, “Phoenix Claws and … Continue reading

Dublin Coddle

You know how words can grab your attention. Well, that’s what happened with this recipe; “Dublin Coddle” sounded like something I would enjoy making. According to Cook’s Country “This old-school derivative of Irish stew layers pork sausage, bacon, onions, potatoes, and stock to “coddle”, or slowly simmer.” Not only the name but the ingredients tweaked my interest. Besides … Continue reading

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao “anything” is a favorite Chinese dish. When we lived in the country there was a little Chinese restaurant in a neighboring village and we would sometimes go there for a quick meal and I always ordered this.  Authentic, definitely not, but it was good and our choices were very limited unless I cooked. Our village … Continue reading

Best Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers are a great recipe to serve your family or friends. They are easy to make (especially if you buy chicken tenderloins) and always a crowd pleaser from children to adults. I would even go so far as to call them “comfort” food. As I have been helping to care for a special sister who just had serious … Continue reading

Hunan Beef with Broccoli and Chilies

While reorganizing all my cookbooks  I found this one “Martin Yan’s Feast: The Best of Yan Can Cook“. Does anyone remember “If Yan Can Cook, You Can Too”? In 1978 he first started teaching Chinese cooking in Calgary on a Canadian talk show. Beginning in 1982 he hosted over 1,500 episodes of the PBS cooking … Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Cauliflower is a favorite vegetable and when I read “roasted” and “stir-fry” I knew this would be a great recipe. I have adapted this from: http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/05/easy-roasted-cauliflower-stir-fry/ I am sharing this recipe with Angie, Antonia and Sandhya over at Fiesta Friday #139.   Can you see the steam flowing out of the cauliflower dish in two of … Continue reading

Black Bean Chicken (Dou Chi Ji Ding)

The original recipe from Liuyang, China was deep fried but the author chose to stir-fry the chicken instead in this cookbook. I agree even though I love fried food and the crispy chicken would add a nice contrast with the vegetables and sauce. I enjoyed Fuchsia Dunlop’s first cookbook a lot so I bought the other … Continue reading