Vegetarian Sushi Secrets by Marisa Baggett

In Japan, the traditional vegetarian sushi fillings are cucumber, kampyo, which is a dried gourd cooked in a sweet soy based sauce, shiitake mushrooms, takuan, eggs, spinach, plum, shiso and sesame seeds.  I really do enjoy them all.  But, sushi is now not just a Japanese food.  It’s everyone’s food. It’s just like pizza.  The …

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Tuna Spring Roll Recipe

The typical Asian spring roll has a combination of ground pork, beansprouts, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and some bean thread.  However, this tuna spring roll recipe is definitely original, different, fun, and yummy! The are only four filling ingredients and you probably have them on hand:  tuna, onions, parsley, and mayonnaise!  Yup, you’re right, it’s not very Asian.  But, …

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A Mid-life Crisis Lifestyle Change – Saying Goodbye to City Life

There’s a saying in Japanese, “Ginsei Wakaranai Monda” meaning, “You just never know in life”. Me, the city girl is moving to the country.  As my sister said, “who would have ever thought that you would live in the country.”  How true.  You just never know in life. I’m a city girl, raised in the …

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Everyday Chinese Cookbook – by Katie Chin

In most Asian families, food and cooking are very much central to our lives.  We celebrate many special occasions using food as symbolism. But it’s the everyday cooking that grounds us, giving much comfort.  This post is a book review of Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook, 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen.  Just in …

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Plants and Get Better Health

Many of us worry about air pollution and how it can affect our overall health, but have you ever thought about the indoor air quality in your home? As an interior designer, I understand how people assume that interior design is all about aesthetics.  It’s true that we want to make sure paint colors match …

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2016 Pantone Color of the Year-Rose Quartz & Serenity

This year for the first time in its history, Pantone chose not one but two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Why two?  Because they said, the two colors reflect the duality of the times.  One cool color and one warm color.  The two means connection, balance, order and peace. The color of the year often …

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