KU Fall Book Fair

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Don't miss out! From October 15 through October 31, a bunch of YA titles will be FREE in Kindle Unlimited. Look for Dragonfly Dreams and other exciting young adult novels on Amazon. Here's a list of books that are participating: http://www.leamckee.com/kubookfair/       … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Ragu Bread Bowl

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Want pasta but in a different way? Try out a ragu bread bowl like I did! Ragu bread bowl: ragu in a sourdough bowl Ragu is a savory meat sauce filled with spices. Check out this recipe for the sauce. I like the idea of putting the ragu into a bowl. The sourdough is baked fresh and lends a nice crust to sop up the juices. This version was a bit too salty for me, but it was rich with flavor and very hearty. Buon Appetito! … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Winning 3rd Place

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Foodie Friday: Sticky Candy

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Sticky candy: handmade Malaysian candies My Malaysian relatives got the kiddos some handmade candy. They come in a cute jar and have various designs. These hard candies feature smiling happy faces as well as some more intricate designs of animals. The flavors offered range from regular fruits, like strawberry and watermelon, to more unique ones like lychee and passionfruit. I wasn't there in person to see the store, but I hear that they make the candy in front of you. They even offer … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Instagram

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“You have a captivating style all your own.” I used to carry about a proper camera. It was one of my most prized possessions as a child. Unfortunately, I was horrible at taking pictures. In those days you had to develop film, and I’d get maybe one or two usable shots. With digital nowadays, I just delete the ones I don’t like. Instagram takes photography up a notch, since people get to share their photos with the public. Here are 5 ways to Instagram: Raw. Take all your … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Siu Mai

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Siu mai: dim sum dumplings, usually filled with meat I can’t believe I haven’t food blogged about this before. Siu mai is a staple of the dim sum cart. The dumplings are quite distinctive because of the pleated edges that decorate their tops. Usually, these dumplings are filled with ground pork, and possibly shrimp. A few other ingredients like mushrooms and scallions round out the flavor. Like other steamed dumplings, the layer of dough is very thin, so it’s the taste of the … [Read more...]

#BookReview: Starswept

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"Romance will come your way soon." Starswept by Mary Fan 4.5 stars Pros: An invented language! Unique world-building Focus on the arts Cons: Too much mystery in the beginning Starswept is a wonderful book. I love the premise of the situation, where the arts are adored by an alien race. There are also interesting underlying themes of prejudice, xenophobia, and the value of human lives in the novel. I’m able to really identify with the main character, Iris. I love … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Cevapi

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A new try... Cevapi: minced meat sausages Confession: I am not a huge sausage person. Give me bacon instead any day. However, I stumbled into a Bosnian restaurant recently and had to taste their cevapi. Cevapi is a type of skinless sausage that consists of grilled meat. It's super delicious due to the combination of umami flavor and roasted flare. Kinda like a mix of satay and gyro. Fun fact: The food is traditionally found in the Balkans; there are often grill shops that sell … [Read more...]

Dragonfly Dreams Highly Recommended!

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"You will be the guest of a gracious host." "I highly recommend Dragonfly Dreams not only to its intended young adult audience, but also to those interested in exploring acculturation across generations." ~ Lisbeth Coiman Today's post is a quick peek at a very kind review of my novel from Lisbeth Coiman, a bilingual writer: https://lisbethcoiman.com/review-dragonfly-dreams-by-jennifer-chow/ Keep an eye out for her forthcoming raw and moving memoir, I Asked The Blue Heron.   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Panda Cake

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Panda cake: an animal-shaped moon cake I've written about mooncakes before. If you want to know their historical significance, check out my past blog post. Yes, it's time once more for the mid-Autumn Festival. This year it's happening on October 4th. I couldn't resist tasting this animal-shaped panda cake, though. It's got a traditional filling of lotus seed paste but in a super cute shape! Fun fact: I grabbed my box from a nearby Costco. That's right, now you can stock … [Read more...]

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