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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.

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{Giveaway} Miguel’s Jr. Has a Delicious Breakfast Menu

I was invited to a media tasting. All opinions are my own.


Miguel’s Jr. is one of my favorite places to go when I’m looking for fresh, quick, homestyle Mexican food. I can’t get enough of their burritos and chicken taquitos, which are my two favorite menu items.miguels-jr-breakfast-burrito-1Somehow, I guess I completely overlooked their breakfast menu. Breakfast burritos are like my love language!  The breakfast menu includes these 7 different breakfast burritos, all made with farm fresh cracked eggs:

  • ChorizoMexican style sausage, eggs, refried beans & chile verde marinated potatoes. (add cheese for an additional charge.)
  • MachacaShredded beef seasoned with tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, eggs & refried beans (add cheese for an additional charge.)
  • The Green Pig (A House Favorite) – Marinated pork, eggs, cheddar cheese & chile verde marinated potatoes
  • SunrisePremium bacon, eggs, cheddar cheese & chile verde marinated potatoes
  • Spud Eggs, chile verde marinated potatoes & cheddar cheese
  • BRC con HuevosThis is Miguel’s Jr.’s famous bean, rice and cheese burrito with eggs
  • Carne AsadaPremium grilled steak, eggs, cheddar cheese & chile verde marinated potatoes

miguels-jr-burrito-2Other breakfast entrees on the menu are these 3 plates:

Americano – Scrambled eggs, chile verde marinated potatoes, refried beans, tortillas & choice of meat (bacon, chile verde pork, or carne asada)

Chorizo,- Scrambled eggs served with Spanish rice, refried beans & tortillas

Machaca – Scrambled eggs served with Spanish rice, refried beans & tortillasmiguels-jr-breakfast-platterI was invited to a special morning at the Miguel’s Jr.at their Costa Mesa location, to sample the items on the breakfast menu and I highly recommend the breakfast burrito they refer to as “The House Favorite”, aka The Green Pig. Everything on the breakfast menu was delicious though, in my opinion, even the freshly brewed coffee!miguels-jr-coffeeMiguel’s Jr serves offers their breakfast menu daily until 11 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays until 1 p.m. for those late risers. It’s delicious and something you’ll want to get in to our nearest location and try it ASAP!

More exciting Miguel’s Jr. news is the latest location opening soon in Huntington Beach! For the latest updates and more information visit Miguel’s Jr. here giveaway-enter-to-win

You can also enter a giveaway to win 1 of 3 $10 Miguel’s Jr. giftcards on my Instagram page. Good luck everyone! miguels-jr-outside

About Miguel’s Jr. 
The legend began in 1973 when Mike and Mary Vasquez took over an existing restaurant in Corona, CA and renamed it “Miguel’s” in honor of Mike’s grandfather. They struggled to make a go of it. Mike kept his day job and worked the restaurant at night while Mary developed dishes and recipes. Over the next 2 years, business improved to the point that they decided to lease a fast food restaurant just 2 miles down the road and named it “Miguel’s Jr. This became an instant favorite with locals and travelers along interstate 91 between Orange County and the Inland Empire.


Yogurtland’s Newest Scratch-made Delicious Flavors for Summer

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 


This summer, yogurt lovers can pack up their picnic baskets and head to Yogurtland to enjoy five new scratch-made flavors that are reminiscent of family outings and warm summer nights.

These new promotional flavors, available from June 5 to August 6, explore the tastes of summer and are inspired by summer experiences, and the fresh fruits and desserts that are associated with them. These new flavors join Yogurtland’s more than 200 other handcrafted, gourmet flavors that are made at Yogurtland’s very own dairy with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind – delighting guests to the last spoonful.

The five mouth-watering flavors are:

Home Grown Watermelon Sorbet – Starting June 5, this delicious sorbet will have Yogurtland lovers quenching summer heat with the season’s favorite fruit. Combining everything there is to love about watermelon, sweet, fresh, and fruity, this flavor offers a refreshing experience on a hot summer day.yogurtland-watermelon-sorbetSun Kissed Strawberry Shortcake – Inspired by summer’s favorite dessert, this flavor blends the deliciousness of real California strawberries with real sweet shortbread cookie. In each spoonful, the fruity, juicy strawberry taste is followed by notes of cake and whipped cream for a complete dessert sensation.yogurtland-sunkisssed-strawberry-shortcakeSweet n’ Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato–  This combination of fruity tartness and creamy gelato makes for the perfect summer treat. Inspired by some of the delicious treats individuals crave on a summer day, this flavor fills each spoonful with real Freestone peach taste.yogurtland-peaches-and-creamLarger Than Life Mud Pie – Chocolate fanatics rejoice, this ‘larger than life’ flavor layers rich chocolate, tasty coffee, and delectable chocolate cookies. The perfect balance of each layer comes through to create a decadent mud pie taste for all to enjoy.yogurtland-larger-than-life-mud-piePicnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart– No picnic is complete without juicy summer fruits. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two fruit favorites, sweet apricots and juicy mangos. This delicious flavor is available starting July 17.yogurtland-summer-spoonsYogurtland is also introducing two new collectible spoons, one featuring a red watermelon wedge and the other a slice of mud pie. Yogurtland is collaborating with the Watermelon Board to highlight the use of the juice of U.S-grown watermelons in this along-awaited flavor. To top off these delicious flavors, Yogurtland is introducing gummi butterflies as the perfect topping. So what are you waiting for? Get to your closest Yogurtland and try these new flavors while they’re around through August 6.

Images are property of Yogurtland. 



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