When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Stir-Fry Mixed Vegetables

With the holiday season behind us, it’s time to start thinking New Year resolutions! Ours includes eating right and eating healthy. Here’s a great vegetable stir-fry dish that makes for a perfect side dish or complete meal when served with rice. You are welcome to substitute our favorite vegetables below with any other firm vegetable such as cauliflower, celery, green bell peppers, baby corn and more!


6 fresh mushrooms (4 oz.)
4 oz. fresh broccoli
4 oz. fresh snow peas
1 carrot (4 oz.)
½ small yellow onion (3 oz.)
½ red bell pepper (3 oz.)
½ can (drained 2 ½ oz.) sliced water chestnuts
½ can (drained 2 ½ oz.) sliced bamboo shoots
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Wash and trim stems of mushrooms and slice into ¼-inch thin pieces. Wash and cut broccoli into small florets. Wash and break off the tips of the fresh snow peas, remove stringy edges from the pea pods and discard them. Peel carrot and slice diagonally into ¼-inch thin pieces. Cut onion along the grain in half then crosswise slice into ¼-inch thin slices. Cut red bell pepper into thin 1-inch long strips.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large fry pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add mushrooms, broccoli, snow peas, carrots and onions. Cook and stir for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, sugar and black pepper, stir well. Add red bell peppers, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 more minutes until the vegetables are tender but still crunchy. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation: 15 to 20 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes




Cucumber Salad

This is a very simple and easy to make side dish or salad.  It can be served with all types of main dishes. This holiday weekend, try serving the cucumbers with hamburgers, BBQ pork ribs or grilled chicken. My daughter makes this dish often for her family. It’s the only way she can get my grandson to eat his vegetables these days!


1 whole fresh English cucumber (about 12 oz. to 14 oz.)
1½ tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red hot chili oil

Wash and trim the ends of the cucumber. Do not peel the skin. Cut the cucumber lengthwise in half. Slice crosswise into ¼ inch thin pieces. Place the sliced cucumbers into a medium size bowl. Add the white vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, salt and chili oil. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings as a side dish.
Preparation time: 5 minutes




Braised Jalapeno Peppers

The people in China’s Szechwan province create many kinds of braised hot chili pepper dishes. Since fresh jalapeño peppers are accessible in most supermarkets, you can make this wonderful and spicy side dish at home.

1 pound fresh green jalapeño peppers
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non stick wok or a fry pan)
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 teaspoon sugar

Wash the peppers and remove the stems. Cut each pepper lengthwise in half and then into quarters. Use a small knife to carefully cut out the white color membranes with seeds. Try not to touch them with your fingers as they are very hot!

To Cook:
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non-stick wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add peppers. Cook and brown the peppers for about 5 minutes. Add white vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Lower the heat to medium-low. Cook and stir until the peppers are soft and tender for about 10 minutes.  Serve warm or cold.  Goes well with steaks and other meats.

Makes 6 to 8 servings as a side dish
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

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