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Haven’t baked any loaf lately since summer is here.  One day, out of nowhere, I had a sudden strong desire for a piece of soft and warm and fluffy freshly baked bread.   O(∩_∩)O~

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HOMEMADE NOODLE IN PORK BROTH AND CHILI OIL

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May 30th is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in 2017.  The festival is set according to the lunar calendar, so it comes on different days every year.  Mostly it is either May or June.

Rice dumplings are the most traditional food to have on this day.  I make rice dumplings every year too.  It is fun to make them; even more fun to eat them!

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I have done grilled skewed beef for so many times that I can do it right with my eyes closed O(∩_∩)O~  however, I am never getting tired of BBQ, neither is my husband.  We grill and BBQ at any chances when the weather allows. 

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What Asian people mean by chicken soup is quite different from American chicken soup.  Our chicken soup is more like broth with diced chicken in it with added herbs or vegetables.  Southern Chinese are known for their delicious and wide variety of soups. 

The soups my grandma usually made in her kitchen were chicken soup and pork rib soup.  I grew up eating them and now they are two of the most frequent soups I make in my kitchen too. 

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A friend of mine loves to hunt and I get some amazing game meat from her now and then.  How wonderful is that? O(∩_∩)O~ I made spicy venison chili and spicy skewed venison before.  So I decide to make some Asian fusion style venison ravioli this time.  Deep fried ravioli go really great with grated parmesan cheese and hot sauce.

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It seems true that either sweet rice or red / green bean paste is well accepted in America.  Interesting…  Maybe that is because people haven’t realized how good they are and how many amazing desserts there are when sweet rice and red beans are combined together. 

I make Asian sweet rice pudding with red bean paste every year for our Chinese New Year party.  It is a kind of tradition to present it on dinner table on the last day of lunar year.  It means better life will come with a new lunar year. 

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Jerusalem artichoke might be considered weeds because they can grow big and tall like crazy and take up a lot of space.  I have seen miles of Jerusalem artichokes in New York suburbs.  Their little yellow flowers shine like sunflowers in May afternoon sun.  It was beautiful.  Also what a shame that people nearby have no idea what they miss here if they only admire their flowers.  The root is the delicious part.

Sichuan province is widely famous for two things in China: hot and spicy food and Sichuan style pickled vegetables.   Pickles can be found in almost every family here.  A lot of vegetables can be pickled in a dark colored clay jar sealed with water on the edge.  It is the taste of home and comfort food for all the people from Sichuan area. 

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