Over The Top Mommy


Cooking It Up with Ling Ling Asian Food and Chef Katie Chen

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


Last week, I had a unique opportunity to attend a Ling Ling Asian Foods cooking class in L.A. at Hipcooks. The class was led by Chef Katie Chin and attended by a fun group of local influencers. The place was beautifully adorned with festive red and gold decor and some traditional New Year’s decorations. ling-ling-asian-food-group-shotSince Chinese New Year is just around the corner, falling on Friday, February 16 this year, I was excited for the opportunity to try out several simple-to-prepare-at-home Ling Ling items that you can put together to make an easy meal for your family. I’m addicted to Ling Ling Potstickers and now they offer Fried Rice and Noodles, too! All of the Ling Ling items are perfect for preparing your own an authentic Asian Chinese New Year meal at home.ling-ling-asian-foods-potstickersIt was night of laughter and learning led by Chef Katie Chin, who is an extremely talented and just an adorable person. She shared so much with us. Not only did she give us some helpful tips to plan our Chinese New Year menus, she was also very open and personable and sharing quite a bit about her personal story and how she came to be involved in the culinary industry.ling-ling-asian-foods-chef-katie-cooking-1Chef Katie started off by teaching us how to blanch kale and green beans to use in 2 simple recipes: a Kale with Ginger Salad and Sweet & Spicy Green Beans. I had no idea how easy it is to blanch veggies but I know I’ll do it more often now. Both of these recipes make great side dishes to feature on your Chinese New Year menu. (Please see down below for recipes.) ling-ling-asian-foods-side-dishesAfter we were finished preparing these two dishes, we all sat down to enjoy an early Chinese New Year dinner together. The table was filled with delicious Ling Ling entrees and New Year’s decor.ling-ling-foods-table-decorLing Ling’s most well known product are their potstickers. Have you tried them before? ling-ling-asian-foods-potstickersThey’re made with delectable chicken or pork, and tender vegetables and are expertly combined in a mouthwatering dumpling wrapper. Each comes with Ling Ling signature dipping sauce and they are so delicious!ling-ling-asian-foods-fried-riceLing Ling also has Fried Rice dishes from Japan and China. Their authentic recipes are expertly crafted and made with tender vegetables, delicious proteins and flavor infused rice that tastes great down to the last grain. You’re going to love these once you try them and they are so simple to prepare at home. Ling Ling Fried Rice is available in Yakitori Chicken, Yakiniku Beef, Thai-Style Chicken, Chinese-Style Vegetable, and Bibimbap Beef flavors.ling-ling-asian-foods-noodlesAnother great Ling Ling product available in stores are the Authentic Asian-style noodles infused with delicious sauces, succulent proteins, and vegetables. There are two traditional Asian varieties to choose from: Drunken Noodles and Yakisoba Noodles.ling-ling-asian-foods-decorAside from all of the food, I also enjoyed getting to learn about some Chinese New Year customs and traditions from Chef Katie. Here are some of the DOs and DONTs to follow for starting out the New Year:

  • Don’t use foul language or bad words on New Year’s Day or they will follow you throughout the year.
  • Don’t wash your hair on the actual Chinese New Year because you will “wash away” your good luck for the year.
  • Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines (with the leaves still attached if possible) during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact
  • Don’t sweep on New Year’s Day as you’ll “sweep” all your good luck out the door
  • Be sure to step into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot. This was a personal favorite of Chef Katie and I can see why.

One of the cool customs we also learned about was the distribution of red envelopes to children, filled with money to start the year with prosperity. These signify Joy and Luck!ling-ling-asian-foods-decor-2I was so inspired by Chef Katie, that I went and purchased her latest cookbook, a tribute to her mom; Everyday Chinese Cookbook – 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen. A very special thank you to Chef Katie Chen and Ling Ling Asian Foods for hosting me for a fun night out! ling-ling-asian-foods-kaleKale with Ginger (serves 4)

  • 1 large bunch kale, rinsed with hard stems and center ribs removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil, such as canola
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Instructions: Blanch kale in boiling water until bright green. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the kale and stir-fry for a few minutes until wilted but still slightly crunchy. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
h the beans in boiling water until tender-crisp (about 3 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain and set aside.ling-ling-asian-foods-sweet-and-spicy-green-beansSweet & Spicy Green Beans (serves 4)

  • 1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Srircha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 green onion, green and white parts, finely chopped

Instructions: Blanch the beans in boiling water until tender-crisp (about 3 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the drained green beans, Srircha, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar and stir-fry for 1 more minute, then add the green onions and stir-fry for 30 more seconds.ling-ling-asian-foods-decor-3I am excited for Chinese New Year this year because I feel like I can prepare a meal for my family with these Ling Ling products plus the 2 additional recipes from Chef Katie, and I feel confident that will look like I’ve spent hours cooking and that they’ll actually eat. As a busy mom, I don’t always have hours to spend in the kitchen, but preparing something quick and simple, with quality products is something I can be proud of. Ling LIng authentic asian foods are so simple to work with and I appreciate that.ling-ling-asian-foods-potstickers-2

To find a store near you where Ling Ling products are available, please go here. How will you be celebrating Chinese New Year? Will you be preparing any special dishes for your Chinese New Year menu? Share with me in the comments.

Connect with Ling Ling on Facebook and Twitter.

Feed Your Fandom With Foster Farms + Enter to Win

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


College football bowl season is well underway! Game Day can be like a holiday in our home meaning that it’s a great chance for friends and family to get together and enjoy great food while we watch the game. Our times are always filled with lots of laughter and good, clean rivalry.Foster-Farms-BowlUp until the early part of January, there are plenty of opportunities to everyone together to watch the games and “Feed Your Fandom” with Foster Farms, especially when it comes the bowl games. including the Foster Farms Bowl, which will feature the exciting match-up between the Arizona Wildcats of Pac-12 and the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten, and air on Fox Sports on December 27th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Will you be tuning in?Foster-Farms-Bowl-Feed-Your-FandomFoster Farms has a great line of products for all of your game day needs. Whether it’s a platter filled with wings, ground turkey for tacos, chili or juicy burgers, chicken breasts and legs marinated in your favorite sauce and grilled to perfection, Foster Farms .nuggets and corn dogs, Foster Farms also offers sliced turkey which goes great for game time hoagies and sandwiches.foster-farms-corn-dogsAt participating supermarkets you will find a code to scan on specially-marked Foster Farms packages of fresh chicken, ground turkey and lunchmeat and also on signs in the frozen food aisle that will connect to up to $7.50 in coupon savings when buying participating Foster Farms products.foster-farms-packagesAlso on the packages and at this Foster Farms website you will find great game day recipes like Buffalo Blue Cheese Roll-Up Sandwiches, Easy Chicken Party Poppers, Chicken White Bean Chili and other game day recipe ideas as well as savings to Feed Your Fandom during the college football bowl season.foster-farms-corn-dogs-on-tableYou also have to remember to set out kid-friendly options on your Game Day table. It’s so easy to please kids with Foster Farms Corn Dogs, Mini Corn Dogs, Popcorn Chicken and Crispy Strips. I set up ketchup and ranch for the kids to put on their plates for dipping. I also attempt to be clever by leaving some fresh vegetables on the table as well.foster-farms-corn-dogs-and-vegetables
Somehow kids don’t mind eating their veggies when there’s ranch. Have you noticed that? The more content the kids are during a game, the more watching time you’re going to get in. On Game Day, it’s definitely Foster Farms for the win! foster-farms-game-day-set-up
Do you have a favorite recipe or dish you like to prepare for your table when you host everyone over to watch the game? Share with me in the comments.

enter-to-win-orangeI’m excited to be hosting a giveaway for one (1) lucky winner to receive $58 worth of Foster Farms Coupons (3 of the $9.99 Frozen Chicken Coupons and 4 of the $6.99 Corn Dog Coupons) To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway open to U.S. Resident 18+ and is open until 11:50 p.m. on December 2017. Winner will be chosen from the Rafflecopter and entries will be verified and winner will be notified via email. No purchase is necessary. Giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.Foster-Farms-BowlFeed Your Fandom by stocking up on Foster Farms during the college football bowl season and head to Foster Farms for great game day recipe ideas and savings. Don’t forget to watch the exciting year-end action when the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 battles the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten in the Foster Farms Bowl airing on Fox Sports on December 27th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Some images property of Foster Farms and used with permission


Mountain Mike’s Pizza to Host “Pizza 4 a Purpose” Fundraiser on Cyber Monday

This is not a sponsored post.


Have you had Mountain Mike’s Pizza yet? It’s one of the largest pizza chains in California and the U.S. and is famous for its zesty, curling and mountainous pepperoni, as well as its specialty pizzas such as The Everest and Pike’s Peak Mountain.mountain-mikes-fundraiser

On Cyber Monday, November 27, Mountain Mike’s encourages Cyber Monday shoppers and pizza lovers from across California to join with friends and family and purchase a “Pizza 4 a Purpose.” to benefit the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. mountain-mikes-logopizza-for-a-purpose In the holiday spirit of giving, Mountain Mike’s will donate $4 for every large pizza sold on Cyber Monday at all 190 of its restaurants to benefit the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. This fundraising event includes all online, dine-in, take-out and delivery orders, and will take place from open to close at each restaurant location on November 27.

“We feel very strongly and wanted to give back to those who have supported us over the past 40 years. We are dedicating Cyber Monday to be a day of giving to those people and communities affected by the recent fires in Northern California. Our commitment to help rebuild neighborhoods throughout the impacted region is unwavering and we are proud to partner with the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. ” – Robert Quick, president of Mountain Mike’s Pizza.

The company’s dedication to supporting the North Bay Fire Relief Fund is also personal: one of its Santa Rosa stores, located at 3781 Cleveland Ave., was destroyed from fire damage last month. Northern California was devastated by October 2017’s raging wildfires, the single most destructive wildfires in the Golden State’s history. According to insurance officials, more than $1.2 billion in damages were suffered as many families and communities were deeply impacted by the disaster.

To participate in Pizza 4 a Purpose or for more information about Mountain Mike’s Pizza, please visit mountainmikespizza.com or follow them on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Images property of Mountain Mike’s. 



1 2 3 43