Western Sun calendar and Eastern Moon Calendar. 

The moon calendar is the calendar Chinese families go by. Most older Asian  families like my parents still use both sun and moon calendars with a split screen of both on kitchen walls. The sun calendar for everyday life like gatherings and bill paying while the moon calendar is for consultation of “lucky” days to…

Ski Mt. Baker 

They say if you can ski Mt. Baker you can ski anywhere. Mount Baker is just 2.5 hours north of Seattle but a local secret for great and affordable skiing. Not crowded, friendly folks, multiple levels and options for winter sports. The closest skiing in Seattle is Snoqualmie so lots more novices and families go…

Seattle’s Best Tea Co.

If you want to taste, buy or learn more about deliciously healthy and aromatic tea, visit Seattle’s Best Tea in Chinatown. The family owned shop serves tea samples, ice cream and bubble milk tea (most legit place to ger a pearl milk tea in town). The regulars come to buy and taste teas.  An informative…

Friday delights: Chet Atkins and instant raspberry jam 

Chet Atkins on guitar in the background, 3 ingredients to instant jam, ready for the winter.   We go through jam way too fast to need to can it properly.  Refrigerator jam is the way to go.  Fresh fruit, sugar, instant pectin.  Simple and oh so good and easy. Mix sugar with pectin, add crushed…

Thank you for being late. Thomas Friedman

Joined Microsoft PAC today and treated to an hour talk from New York Times columnist, Pulitzer winning author Thomas Friedman. Just got the book today.  From his outline of it, I can’t wait to read how he explains  Moore’s law impact on economy, technology and society.  He explains the title allows us to give pause,…

The gift for your picky  Chinese relatives: pickled mustard 

If your favorite Chinese relatives have everything…this is one of those gifts from the heart that will be appreciated, devoured and easy/inexpensive to make.  Plus after all these years you can get them in on the mason jar train. As anthropologie has mastered…if its in a jar and has a glorious ribbon tied to it,…

Original chopped salad from The Gladly, Arizona 

Why mess with a good thing? Tried this for Thanksgiving dinner. Delicious and mostly healthy. The dressing seems like a wallop of trouble but it pulls it all together very well.  Hint: I bought a $3 container of pecorino and asiago cheese  blend at Trader Joe’s and it was perfect for serving nine. I toasted…

Calibrate normal with Bolani

Few places in this world where we can sit at a table and converse and enjoy a potluck dinner with old and new friends from Nepal, Iran, Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Afghanistan, Canada, 3rd generation American and Chinese Americans. How cool is America?  That we can have a dinner party and everyone there can speak another…

Make cake for America again 

Suffragette white, American colors, a rainbow coalition. Shattered glass not included.  My beautiful daughters made this for herstory.  Marscapone whip cream 8 ounces marscapone cheese 8 ounces heavy whipping cream 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract  Whisk it up in a mixer using whisk attachment and try to save some for the actual…

Raclette: gather round for conversation cheese and celebration 

Raclette means to scrape. You melt cheese on the little trays and scrape it onto bread, potatoes, vegetables and meats.  Fun family dinner, easy group entertaining. With the US elections making everyone overwhelmed and wanting the nail biting to be over, it’s time to slow down with raclette.   America is truly stronger together. With…

Rao’s Marinara 

I’ve never eaten at Rao’s – apparently impossible to get a seat in NYC but they have 2 other locations in Vegas and LA. (Bummer was just at both places this summer and missed it). $11.99 for a jar of marinara sauce….I know, I know… Ridiculous but I gave it a shot and combined it…