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#veryasian

#veryasian

If you haven't heard about where this trending hashtag came from yet, here's a little Cole's notes recap for ya. Recently, Michelle Li, a Korean American news anchor in Missouri was criticized for mentioning that she had Korean dumpling soup on New Year's Day. Someone went out of their way to send her a voicemail to say that they felt offended that this news anchor had mentioned Asian culture on national TV. This person said that Michelle was being "very Asian" and that "she can keep her Korean to herself". This started the #veryasian movement where people shared their moments/things....

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice (冬至, pronounced "dong jeet" in Cantonese) is the shortest day of the year. In Chinese culture, the Winter Solstice festival signifies the start of winter when farmers should prepare for colder months. This is an occasion spent with family and involves a lot of delicious foods that have special meanings. For my family, this is another "can't miss" dinner. If we ever accidentally make plans, we better cancel them otherwise mom would glare at us with the coldest glare and  you'd know you're in trouble.  In different parts of China, different types of food are consumed. For example, in Northern China,...

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Winter foods and self-care

Winter foods and self-care

Every season calls for different foods and activities that will best support our bodies. Continue reading to see how to nourish your body throughout these darker, colder months.  These cold days call for warming foods such as soup, stews, and cooked foods in general. In TCM, wintertime is associated with the water element and our body's energy organs, the kidneys. Here are some foods and spices you should incorporate in your diet to keep well during the wintertime: apples beans (kidney, adzuki/red) bone broths (homemade Pho is a great way to make bone broths into meals) broccoli/cauliflower cinnamon daikon ginger leek lemons...

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Snow Fungus, Pork and Mushroom Congee

Snow Fungus, Pork and Mushroom Congee

Congee is a comfort food that I've only recently loved having. Growing up, whenever I was sick, mom would make bland congee with ginger and no seasoning for me. So at a young age I've associated congee with being sick. BUT! As I've gotten older, the meaning of congee has evolved to remind me of home. I hope you'll find comfort in this congee recipe!   Snow fungus, pork and mushroom congee Ingredients: 5-6 dried shiitake mushrooms 1 dried snow fungus  1.5 lbs of ground pork 1-2 slices of ginger 1 cup of white rice  1 tbsp olive oil salt...

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