The Roots of Comfort Food. Simplified.

Comfort Food.  A Definition. “The term comfort food has been traced back at least to 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food‘—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.” – […]

A March Madness Cheap Date

March Madness.  Heard of It? It’s College Basketball’s Equivalent of the Oscars. For College Players.  Some who will make it to the NBA. Others Who Play Just for the Love of the Game. Mr. Doodle’s Favorite Month of the Year.     I must first tell you that I care very little for College Basketball, […]

So What is Family Day?

Family Day. The anniversary of the day when a new member joins a family in the adoption process. Family Day for Us is the Moment We Became a Family of 4. The Moment 2 Girls Became Sisters. March 2, 2009 in Guangzhou, China.    A Moment Forever in Our Hearts. It Began with Tears. Lots […]

Downton Abbey’d

Downton Abbey’d.  Yes.  An Adverb. I am consumed, entrenched and enthralled with Downton Abbey. Oh My.  Almost to the point of Embarrassment, but Not Quite.   Have You Seen It?  Oh, but of course you have.   When It aired here in the States from 2010 to 2015, on Sunday Nights, I rarely got the […]

Tips to Navigate a Chinese Buffet…Healthy and Cheap

How Many Chinese Buffets Have You Dived Into? I Know…Not My Favorite Either, but it is Fun and Silly and Entertaining. The Food Offerings are Staggering to be Sure.  Healthy Eating Can Fly Out the Window. And You Can End Up Spending More Than You Bargained For. After Many Trips to Buffets, I Finally Figured […]

Decorate a Chandelier. Now it’s a Party!

I’m not very Crafty. Perhaps because of No Time.  But sometimes a Quick, Down and Dirty Craft Pops in My Head and It Works. Here’s One for the Spur of the Moment Party. Or the Monthly Holiday Celebration.  Or Just Because. This was Perfect for Valentine’s Day. But have No Fear…Pi Day is Coming.  March […]

Make Perfect California Rolls…Do As We Say, Not as We Do!

California Rolls.  Ever Try to Make these At Home? We Have and We’re Here to Tell the Story. With Some Important TIPS and One Big SECRET for Sure Success. California Rolls were invented in LA in the 1960s for an American palate.  There’s controversy over exactly who did the creating, but no matter…California Rolls were […]

Gung Hay Fat Choy…A New Beginning

The First New Moon of the Year. Chinese New Year.  A Time of Beginnings. Clean Out the Old.  Welcome In the New. As Parents to Chinese-Born Daughters, We Strive to Learn and Embrace the Traditions of China. We are proud members of the CACA; Chinese American Citizens Alliance. An organization created to secure Equal Rights […]

If You Teach a Kid to Fish…

Super Bowl 52. Mr. Doodle Loves to Watch the Game and Celebrate with Super Bowl Food. At Home with His Girls. A Super Bowl Family Tradition. For a Week leading up to the Game, We Plan, Prep and Shop for Party Food. The Menu is Perfect.  🙂 Costco Party Food in All its Glory:  Wings.  […]

Blow Away Mundane Meals…Easy, Fast, Fun!

Sunday Morning.  Just You and Your Buddy.  Everyone Else is Still Asleep. Forget the Ho Hum Eggs and Bacon.  Oatmeal is for the Work Week.  Let’s Do Italian Eggs! Just like Mrs. Castorini in Moonstruck. Italian Bread and Eggs. Place on a Hot Skillet. Eggs Fit Snugly in the Centers. Cook Any Style. Fancy Silver. […]