Showing posts with the label ASIAN NEW YEAR

Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

Red Lotus Martini for your Asian New Year Celebration

Last night my family had the pleasure of hosting an Asian New Year celebration.  My friend Holly, of 504 Main , made homemade fortune cookies containing a collection of thought provoking fortunes, with a few snarky ones thrown in for good measure!  My friend Geri brought a wonderful salad loaded with fresh chicken, baby greens, mandarin oranges, slivered almonds and crispy noodles. I made a "red envelope" for each child using some colorful origami paper (free template and download HERE ), enclosed a few coins, and handed them out at the end of the evening. For the occasion I wanted to serve a cocktail to fit the theme, and came across a few recipes for a drink called a Red Lotus.  The recipes I found online for a Red Lotus called for Lychee Liquor.  I didn't have the time, or even the desire to spend the day hunting down this specialty liquor, and opted instead to create my own version of the drink that would be delicious both with and without alcohol


"Gung Hay Fat Choy" means "Wishing You Prosperity & Wealth" One of the best things about being a part of a co-op school for my daughters' preschool years was all the multi-cultural traditions that were shared by the families in the co-op.  One of my girls' favorite traditions, and mine, was the week where we celebrated the Asian New Year.  Receiving a red envelope at the end of the week was always the highlight, and the girls still talk about it to this day with great fondness. Red envelopes (red because it symbolizes luck) are traditionally handed out to children during the Chinese New Year.  This year is the Year of the Rabbit, so I created a rabbit themed envelope to keep the tradition going in my home.  Each girl will get a red envelope with a $1 gold coin inside. The Asian New Year started with the New Moon on Feburary 3 this year, and goes for 15 days until the Full Moon.  Why not make up a few red envelopes for your family