Happy New Year!

What better way to ring in the New Year than with our first post!

Frosty winter days call for hot chocolate or a warm blanket in front of a fire. December 31st was no exception and brought forth images of a meaty stew or a steaming cup of soup. Keeping up with tradition, however, hot pot was on the menu and I wasn’t about to complain.

Growing up in a Chinese household, hot pots have replaced many a Thanksgiving and Christmas for our family. Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and turkey were rare treats. A bit sad for some? Maybe. But the conviviality of cooking with family and friends around a common pot – adding your choice of meats or sides at will – is hard to beat. With a little preparation and good company, a hearty dinner is served with no one stuck in the kitchen doting over a turkey in the oven. Continue reading

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