Fortunes for Charity: Need Some Answers?

Have you ever wondered what your Chinese astrological sign says about your personality, relationships or career? Or have you ever pondered what your birth date and time indicate about your life path? Or considered what the shape of your nose or length of your eyebrows says about you. Nipa Kaowthumrong is ready to provide some…

Cheers to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

While I’ve always been close to my family here in Colorado and my brother and sister-in-law who live in Seattle — especially during the past few years — I’m fairly disconnected to the Asian American community. I don’t have any close friends who are Asian besides my cousins, and I don’t attend many cultural events,…

Saturday Fish Fry & Why We Eat Whole Animals

Every Chinese New Year and on other occasions, my Mama performs a ritual of offering a variety of dishes to the Buddhist alters that protect our homes in hopes of ushering a year of good fortune. This involves purchasing and preparing a plethora of whole animals, pigs, ducks and chickens — with feet, faces and…

Perfect Khao Mun Gai (Singapore Chicken Rice)

Khao mun gai literally translates to “chicken-fat rice” in English, and cooking the rice in chicken fat and stock is what makes it so delicious. The dish, also called Hainanese chicken rice, originated in Hainan, an island off China’s south coast. But it is one of the most popular dishes in Malaysian — particularly in…

Introducing Theodore Roosevelt

Meet Theodore Roosevelt, the newest member of the Kaowthumrong-Harrison fam. Hailing from Cañon City, Colorado, where he lived on a farm with a pack of eight other cocker spaniels, Teddy is enthusiastically enjoying his fourteenth week around the sun. Like our 26th president, he loves frolicking in the outdoors, moves at speed of light and…

Easy Creamy Tom Yum Soup

While many Americanized Thai restaurants serve tom yum soup as an appetizer or soup course, Thais typically eat the beloved dish as a main course with rice, which offsets the heat from the chilies. There are two versions of the soup: creamy and clear. My Mama’s super-easy recipe for the creamy variety uses tom yum…

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken

Thai basil chicken is a zesty go-to dish that my Mama can always make on the fly. While fattier chicken thighs always seem to add extra flavor, the sauce adds moisture and zing to even the driest chicken breasts. Up the number of chilis if you like it tongue-tingling hot or leave them out completely…

Just My Luck

Since the year of the pig is just around the bend, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months. My Mama forecasted an auspicious year for rabbits like myself, and although I endured some serious obstacles, I can’t say that her predictions were incorrect. From marrying my longtime love (in…

Chinese-Style Chow Mein

My Mama’s crispy noodles, served with a saucy stir fry packed with veggies, is my husband Gavin’s favorite meal. The fact that he refers to the sauce as gravy makes me laugh — but it does have the same soul-warming characteristics as the American classic. While executing the recipe, you might produce a small mess,…

The Dreaded Rooster

Didn’t win the Powerball jackpot? It’s the year of the rooster. Someone cut you off in traffic? It’s a rooster month. Have a headache? It’s a rooster day. Got into an argument with the boyfriend? Rooster. Lost your credit card? Rooster. Cranky? Rooster. Every time I have an out-of-the-ordinary day, I can’t help but run…