Oriental-Style Pork with Oyster Sauce and Mushrooms

As I’ve stated in other parts of this book, I didn’t eat pork until after I was married because my Jewish parents kept a kosher house. However, I still recall a whiff of bacon cooking in the kitchen and I loved that smell and flavor, still do! I think my mother followed certain rules, and…

Saucy Asian Pork and Shrimp meatballs

I’m a big meatball fan using beef; I especially love meatball  recipes which use small pieces of slightly moisten bread cubes folded into the meatball. (That’s how our maid, when I was growing up, cooked her meatballs.) But cooking pork meatballs never occurred to me until I saw  recipes in various Chinese  cookbooks.  Recipes with…

Chinese Char Sui – an American approach

As a  young lady, beginning  in my  20s  in New Jersey,  I sometimes ate  at Chinese restaurants with friends.  These restaurants dotted the landscape at strip malls in  small  towns across southwestern New Jersey.  My best friend Helene and I went to one such place in Irvington, a 20 minute drive from my Maplewood home. …

Creamy Sweet potato soup with its skin, plus shallots

For nearly 50 years, I never cooked sweet potato soup or even heard of a recipe for it.  But I ate the soup a few weeks ago at a restaurant; and  decided to prepare it at home, since I loved its creamy texture with hints of tang and sweetness.  The taste of sweet potatoes  registers…

Stuffed Cabbage revisited – a Tangy Sauerkraut-Tomato Sauce

I love experimenting with different versions of recipes–and stuffed cabbage offers many alternatives, especially with the internet input. I even found a Kosher site which presented unique points of view, such as adding additional cabbage in the form of sauerkraut in the sauce!  What a surprise when I saw the Yamaka-wearing man toss half a…