Favorite Recipes

Family Favorites We Think You’ll Really Enjoy!

Dan’s Favorites:

As the “Official Taster” this places tremendous pressure on me and has resulted in many sleepless nights – dreaming about my next tasting. Melisa’s attention to detail is reflected in every page of the website. Those of you who have tried some of Lucy’s receipts may have guessed that she is indeed a perfectionist. Yours truly, on the other hand, plays an extremely important but less demanding role in this enterprise. As the “Official Taster” and much to my delight, I have sampled everyone of these receipts. Thus, as with children it is difficult for me to bring myself to play favorites. My solution was to scan receipts in the order they are presented on the blog and make note of the first Top 5 that jump off the page.

Here they are….
1. Banana Delight – So what’s wrong with starting out with desert?
2. Egg Beater Meat Pie – Taken from the All American side of the cookbook this makes for a great brunch!
3. Easy Chinese Steamed Pork Buns – The name is a misnomer. It is not “easy” to stop eating these.
4. Mu Shu Pork (or Chicken) – Especially delightful when served with Lucy’s homemade pancakes!
5. Chinese Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing – If you have to ask, you have not tried this All American Chinese Cookbook favorite.

Jason’s Favorites:

If my father is the “Official Taster”, then I’m the “Official Leftover Taster”.  My Mother loves to entertain.  As a kid, I remember her making  Pan Fried Dumplings (Potstickers), Wontons, and Shrimp toast by the dozen .  I would often hope for leftovers because she always made two times more food than people. Whether cold or slightly stale, I would make good on my promise of no leftovers for the rest of the family.  I just started my quest to master these recipes here in New York City.  I’m a long way from home and even if I can’t get it perfect, the sheer act of using this great site brings back fond memories.  I’ve probably eaten at over 100 Chinese food restaurants in NYC over the past 8 years. I can tell you nothing comes close to touching the five recipes below:

1. Pan Fried Gyoza Dumplings– Number one for a reason.  Tastes even better cold. Seriously.
Chicken Fried Rice – Not your typical Chinese restaurant take-out fried rice.  This is a complete meal and then some.  Just started making this dish on my own and can’t get enough.
3. Mu Shu Pork (or Chicken)– If your plate is spotless when eating….That means your doing it wrong.
4. Fried Wantons– These often never made it out of the kitchen when my mom entertained friends and family.
5. Oven Broiled Pork Chops– For reasons unknown, my mom went through a “Pork Chop phase” in the mid-nineties. I may have complained then (Sorry Mom, I was spoiled with so much good food) but now have come to respect the “Pork Chop”.