The Chinese Takeout Cookbook

coverI love Chinese Food. I also like knowing exactly what is in my food. I found a wonderful cookbook from Random House Inc that shows me how to make my favorite Chinese dishes at home. Yeah. I was sent a copy of The Chinese Takeout Cookbook for review. Let’s check it out.

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook

If you love Chinese food like I do, and want to try to make it at home, this is the cookbook you have been looking for. I was so happy with all the great mouthwatering photographs of the dishes. Easy to follow directions. Super list of of eighty of your favorite recipes. Filled with the techniques that really make Chinese food pop. Love knowing that the recipes came from fellow blogger and cooking instructor Diana Kuan. I highly recommend this one y’all

America’s love affair with Chinese food dates back more than a century. Today, such dishes as General Tso’s Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Egg Rolls are as common as hamburgers and spaghetti. Probably at this moment, a drawer in your kitchen is stuffed with Chinese takeout menus, soy sauce packets, and wooden chopsticks, right?
But what if you didn’t have to eat your favorites out of a container? 
In The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, Chinese food blogger and cooking instructor Diana Kuan brings Chinatown to your home with this amazing collection of more than eighty popular Chinese takeout recipes—appetizers, main courses, noodle and rice dishes, and desserts—all easy-to-prepare and MSG-free. Plus you’ll discover how to
• stock your pantry with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket
• season and master a wok for all your Chinese cooking needs
• prepare the flavor trifecta of Chinese cuisine—ginger, garlic, and scallions
• wrap egg rolls, dumplings, and wontons like a pro
• steam fish to perfection every time
• create vegetarian variations that will please everyone’s palate
• whip up delectable sweet treats in time for the Chinese New Year
The Chinese Takeout Cookbook also features mouthwatering color photos throughout as well as sidebars that highlight helpful notes, including how to freeze and recook dumplings; cooking tidbits, such as how to kick up your dish with a takeout23f-1-webbit of heat; and the history behind some of your favorite comfort foods, including the curious New York invention of the pastrami egg roll and the influence of Tiki culture on Chinese cuisine. So, put down that takeout menu, grab the wok, and let’s get cooking!

Here for the first time—in one fun, easy, and tasty collection—are more than 80 favorite Chinese restaurant dishes to make right in your own kitchen:
• Cold Sesame Noodles
• Kung Pao Chicken
• Classic Barbecue Spareribs
• Beef Chow Fun
• Homemade Chili Oil
• Hot and Sour Soup
• Chinatown Roast Duck
• Moo Shu Pork
• Dry-Fried String Beans
• Black Sesame Ice Cream
• And of course, perfectly fried Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls!

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“The Utter Relief of Holiness” by John Eldredge Giveaway

JEThe Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Plagues Us

Written by John Eldredge
Released  January 8, 2013
The book helps anyone that reads it to know that God has it all taken care of.  It shows how God’s intense love for mankind makes all things possible. Even our holiness in God. Being holy doesn’t mean being bored all the time. It doesn’t mean…more

RaqFit – Belly and BollyWood Dance Fitnes Fusion DVD Giveaway

6319m I know not all of y’all love to exercise. But what if I said I found a video that makes it fun. RaqFit with Samira Sharuk, from Collage Video, combines Belly and BollyWood style dancing to make fitness fun. I was sent a copy for review. Let’s check it out.

RaqFit with Samira Sharuk

This video has fun music and a fast pace. If you are like me and were born with absolutely no rhythm, you are really going to want to check out the…more

Little Pim – Language Learning For Kids

Little Pim I think it’s really important to start teaching kids early. Studies show that children learn more in there first nine years than any other time in their childhoods. Why not teach em a new language while ya have em young and ready to soak up knowledge. I found a fantastic company that sells the most amazing language learning resources for kids. Little Pim sent over one of their DVDs for us to check out. I love it.

French for kids “eating and drinking” (DVD 1)FRE_Disc1-PPLg

I am so glad my daughter chose French for our review copy. I speak English obviously and moderate Spanish. French however is pretty new to me. I watched the DVD and actually stayed interested myself. I have to say I learned quite a bit. Love that the instruction is done totally in French so you or your little ones are completely immersed in their new language. Easy to understand with pictorial examples as well as the words spelled out your language of choice. Your kids are going to love learning with Little Pim

In this French DVD for toddlers, babies, and preschoolers see Little Pim and friends making and eating food while having a great time discovering new tastes. DVD 1 introduces more than 60 French words and phrases for meal times.

FRE_BKPK_LPFR99_PpgYou can even purchase a Complete French Gift Set

The ultimate Little Pim package! 

Includes: – All 6 French DVDs – 9″ velvety soft plush Little Pim panda – French Bop music CD – French Word & Phrase Cards – Two Little Pim Books (“Colors” and “Feelings”) – A brand new Little Pim backpack

The complete kit for your child’s French learning adventure, with the brand new Little Pim board books!

This set is the ideal French introduction for your little ones.  Your child will be exposed to over 360 words and phrases, across a variety of different mediums. Using Little Pim’s unique Entertainment Immersion Method, Little Pim will captivate your child by turning everyday activities into fun adventures. With video, books, music and flash cards, the Backpack is the ultimate language learning tool for any young child.

Languages available include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese (Pinyin)
  • Italian
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • English ESL
  • English ENG
  • Portuguese

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