My Fun Night With Ling Ling: 6 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I can’t help thinking right now about where I was a week ago tonight!

I was having the BEST TIME EVER with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston! I admit that I was nervous. I think that my mom always says it best that the things you are most nervous/unsure about, are often the most fun. I mean, you all know me pretty well. I can be pretty extroverted. That said, I can also be nervous and awkward too. I never really know how I’ll be at a public blogger event, but I was so humbled and honored to be invited. The thing is, I used to live in San Francisco so I am familiar with celebrating the Chinese New Year. Also, I’m quite familiar with Ling Ling products, thanks to my husband’s great taste. So this night was all around a win. I got a night out in Boston without kids and WITH much excitement and fun!

And learning, great food, and great company.

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

Once we all introduced ourselves to one another, took photos, and had cold drinks, Chef Katie Chin introduced herself and told us about her background. She was so warm, open, inviting, and inspiring. Then we set to work and cooked, with her help. I loved that I could ask her questions, and that she would walk around and check on our dishes. I was on a “team” at a station with two other woman, and they instantly felt like friends. We were all there to learn and support each other.

We made two dishes: Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms and Caramel Glazed Brandied Oranges.

Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms

Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms

Ingredients

  1. 2 teaspoons all-purpose cornstarch
  2. 2 teaspoons cold water
  3. 1 Tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola
  4. 2 gloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  6. 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces on a diagonal
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 4 oz. fresh shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  9. 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  10. 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • 1. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water.
  • 2. Heat the oil in wok or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 3. Add the garlic, ginger, asparagus and salt and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • 4. Add the mushrooms and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • 5. Stir in the oyster sauce and chicken stock and heat to boiling.
  • 6. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and all the ingredients are nicely coated, about 30 seconds.
  • 7. Serve immediately.
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I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

You could tell from the pictures that I was really happy! The dish was delicious and I even got leftovers. For the dessert, it was so easy and so shockingly delicious, that you HAVE to try it. Simply take 3 large navel oranges, 1 tablespoon of brandy, and 1/2 cup of sugar together. With a vegetable peeler, remove three 3-inch-long strips of orange peel (about 3/4 inch wide each) from the oranges and cut the strips lengthwise into thin slivers. Cut the remaining peel and white pith from the oranges, and then slice the oranges into 6 thin rounds and place them in a deep platter, overlapping slices. Sprinkle them with brandy and orange peel. Meanwhile, cook sugar over medium heat in a skillet until it melts and becomes a deep amber color. Stir to dissolve any lumps and then drizzle caramelized sugar over oranges. Garnish with orange peel slivers.

You can serve it warm or at room temp, or refrigerate and serve chilled.

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

After we cooked, they set a wonderful table for all of us to eat our own creations, and also to eat delicious Ling Ling products. And it was nice for all of us to really talk and get to know each other. Some of us even knew each other before!

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I learned more about Ling Ling products. Their delicious Fried Rice dishes from Japan and China are authentic recipes, expertly crafted and made with tender vegetables, delicious proteins, and flavor infused rice. They taste great down to the last grain! You can try Chinese Style Vegetable and Yakitori Chicken. Then there are Noodles! Ling Ling’s authentic Asian style noodles are infused with delicious sauces, succulent proteins, and vegetables. You can choose from Drunken Noodles and Yakisoba Noodles. Definitely use their store locator to make sure you know where to find Fried Rice, Noodles and Potstickers near you. And let’s not forget the Potstickers! They are well known and well loved, made with chicken or pork.

They also combine in tender vegetables in a mouthwatering dumpling wrapper. Each comes with a signature dipping sauce.

Here are 6 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year, as taught to me by Chef Katie and Ling Ling!

1 – Refrain from using foul language or bad words on NewYear’s Day or they will follow you throughout the year.

2 – Washing hair is not allowed because you will wash away your good luck for the year.

3 – Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact.

4 – No sweeping on New Year’s Day as you’ll sweep all your good luck out the door.

5 – Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot.

6 – Distribution of Red Envelopes (signifying Joy and Luck) filled with money starts the year with prosperity.

What’s your favorite Ling Ling product? Have you ever been to a blogger event in a city?

Love is in the Air: Cupid’s Rice Krispies Treats

These Cupid's Rice Krispies Treats are adorable! You'll wow your classmates or workmates or party guests! #ValentinesDay

I think I promised you a few Valentine’s Day stories, didn’t I?

I’ll let them come out in waves. Nothing really beats the puppy one, and I have a big happy/sad one, but I’ll have to tell a light-hearted one first. One Valentine’s Day, I had bronchitis or something like it. I don’t know what it was but I was pretty sick, and my sister had the same symptoms that I had, and she was diagnosed with bronchitis. That said, we once both had chigger poisoning and she missed three days of work for it, while I powered through with anti-itch spray. I digress, though.

Bronchitis on Valentine’s Day. It’s like.. my favorite holiday. (they all are, if you haven’t noticed)

So I thought it would be a good idea to eat Lucky Charms when I was really ill, because we only got to have “junk cereal” a few times a year. That didn’t go well. I took to bed with both throat pangs and stomach pangs. That didn’t stop me from getting THREE heart-shaped boxes of chocolate that year. I couldn’t enjoy them for a few days, but I could enjoy the fact that I had wished upon every star to have my first heart-shaped box of chocolates, and finally got one three. One was from my awesome dad, one was from my sister – who had already recovered from bronchitis – and one was from a boy from school. ooh ahh. I was 13. And that’s it. Be careful what you wish for – you just might get three! And I ate each box.

Bronchitis be darned.

That’s why I decided it’s time to change the subject and share a fun and unique Valentine’s Day recipe with y’all today! Cupid’s Rice Krispies Treats are pretty much perfect, according to Scarlet. She made me promise to make them three times:

Ingredients:

6 C. Rice Krispies cereal
6 tbsp. butter, cut into chunks
10 oz mini marshmallows
2″-3″ heart cookie cutter
3 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. melted butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp. milk
Pink food coloring
Small round frosting tip
Disposable piping bag
Valentine sprinkles
Toothpicks
Red gummy Heart candies (I used Brach’s)
Kitchen scissors

Directions:

1 – Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2 – Heat the 3 tablespoons of butter and 10 oz of mini marshmallows in a large saucepan or dutch oven, stirring occasionally.
3 – Once the marshmallows are 3/4 melted, pour in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal. Gently fold the cereal into the melted marshmallows and pour the Rice Krispies treats into the prepared baking dish and evenly press into the pan and set aside.
4 – Combine the powdered sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of milk at a time. Once the frosting has reached your desired consistency, add in a few drops of pink food coloring and stir to combine.
5 – Attach the small round frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and fill with frosting.
6 – Use the heart cookie cutter to cut the Rice Krispies treats as close together as possible getting as many as you can.
7 – Take one Rice Krispies heart at a time and place one toothpick on each side so it looks like an arrow coming out from each side.
8 – Stick one gummy heart candy on one toothpick.
9 – Take a second heart and use the kitchen scissors to snip a triangle out of the top. Place this heart on the other toothpick.
10 – Gently squeeze the frosting out onto the heart in a back and forth motion.
11 – Sprinkle with Valentine sprinkles.
12 – Repeat with all the Rice Krispies hearts.

These Cupid's Rice Krispies Treats are adorable! You'll wow your classmates or workmates or party guests! #ValentinesDay

Do you have a stockpile of Valentine’s Day stories the way I do?

These Cupid's Rice Krispies Treats are adorable! You'll wow your classmates or workmates or party guests! #ValentinesDay