Two days ago, Jake–our saggy, lovable Labrador–turned 14. According to the fine folks at PetMD, that puts him somewhere around 88 years old in human years. We have to tap him on the shoulder to get him to turn around these days, and his joints are kind of creaky, but he still flips out whenever […]
Holiday Season Recipes
Welcome to The Woks of Life Holiday Season Recipes collection, a list of favorite family recipes including the perfect Thanksgiving turkey and other holiday main courses, starters, sides, and desserts.
We’ll continue to add new recipes to the collection, so send us your requests and keep checking back for more!
This simple stir fried garlic baby bok choy dish is the way we tend to prepare baby bok choy almost every week. It’s so quick, easy, and healthy. Summer—and with it, grill season—is fast approaching, and I like this garlic baby bok choy as an alternative to just a regular salad as a vegetable side. […]
Chocolate chip cookies. I can wax poetic on the iconic status of this hallowed treat, contemplate the abundant research conducted on ratios of white sugar to brown sugar, the merits of cake flour vs. all-purpose, and the infamous “to chill or not to chill?” mystery, and perhaps even ruminate on the special place the chocolate […]
When I was in college, and free food was often the operative lure to entice students to come to any and every campus event, we would sidestep the usual pizza route and order these vegetarian (and totally awesome) corn & goat cheese empanadas from a place just off campus. These corn and goat cheese empanadas […]
I have an extremely vivid image of my first attempt at bread making. A yeast-loaded black hockey puck was what resulted. Hard as a rock and pitch black, the thing resembled a football, only not as soft. To this day, my family is still milking that incident for all it’s worth. It was a day […]
So we had a long, arduous, and patently ridiculous argument about what to call these flat, round, sesame thingies. We debated calling them Cookies, cookie crisps (which just made me think about overenthusiastic cereal slinging mascots), “crunches” (whaa??), and crackers. But in the end, I’m the one typing this post, and I’ve decided to dub them […]
This. Cake. Oh, man, this cake. It lights up my life. It’s the wind beneath my wings. It has–without preamble–made it into the pantheon that is my top five list of best cake recipes of all time. I mean, come on. A pumpkin cake, with Mexican Chocolate Whipped Cream? Ba-BAM. It was, in actuality, an accident. We had a […]
The house is officially occupied again! We’ve all made the pilgrimage back to NJ for Christmas, and the holiday shenanigans have officially started. We barely had time to remove the thin layer of dust on the furniture and crank up the heat and hot water before it was time to break out the butter and […]
I’ll keep the intro short on this one, folks. A couple months ago, I made this pie for the first time. My dad, the world’s nit-pickiest pie eater, with over forty years’ pie eating experience, named it the best pumpkin pie he’d ever had. It was there on Thanksgiving, and in all likelihood will be […]
UPDATE: Check out the recipe for the marinade AND how to roast your turkey! (Note: in this recipe, I really should have pulverized the garlic until it really became a smooth paste, but the food processor I was working with wasn’t cooperative. Check out the other recipe for more info!) Ahh Thanksgiving. That sweet sweet time of […]
If you’re one of those people who hates broccoli, then you probably haven’t had it like this before. One thing that Chinese cuisine does particularly well is make vegetables that taste really really good including a broccoli stir-fry. We don’t want to toot our own horns here too much, of course, but it’s a fact […]
It’s October. Which means that although fall officially began on September 22, only now am I having visions of orange leaves swirling in the wind, hay rides, and apple cider. Which made me get really homesick, because back in NJ, we live just five minutes away from an apple orchard and cider doughnuts that make […]
These Curry Lime Chicken Phyllo Rolls were adapted from Ina Garten’s Crab Strudel recipe, which is awesome. But I’m not an established TV personality who regularly throws around phrases like “good olive oil” and “lunch in East Hampton,” so lump crab meat isn’t something that I’m shelling out money for very often. That’s why I […]