Hot for the Hot Pot

Every Christmas, my family pairs the traditional American prime-rib, turkey or ham dinner with a hot-pot meal (my mama also supplies a buffet of egg noodles laced with savory garlic oil, steamed crab legs and shrimp, and blanched Chinese broccoli). With the holidays just around the corner (gasp) and in excitement for the arrival of…

From My Mama

Like many Asian mothers, my Mama shows her affection best through food. She knows my boyfriend Gavin loves peanuts, so at one point she was buying him two 48-ounce jars of crunchy Jif Peanut Butter every two weeks, along with equally-Costco-sized cans of honey roasted peanuts and mixed nuts. Charmin toilet paper. Eight-pound pork bellies….