My Food Story

Hi Everyone,

My name is Xiaodi Zhou. I am a junior and double majoring in Applied Economic and Communication Studies. I am very interesting in cooking, and especially baking. I can spend half of my day in the kitchen and another half in the bed, reading recipes!

As can be probably seen from my name, I am from China. And more specifically, the northeast part of China. For our city, it is no exaggeration to say that almost all of us are meat eater, since from hundreds of years ago, we are located in the coldest area in China, and our ancestors choose to keep their body temperature normal by eating meat thus receiving energy. But for now, even though we do not have to eat meat to keep body temperature anymore, we are still meat eaters. For me, I cannot live without meat. They are just so delicious, and I cannot control myself!

One of the most famous dishes in my home city Dalian is called “Fried Pork in Scoop”, which I find a picture online. It is made of very flimsy pork tenderloin, covering the pork with paste and fry those for two times until they turn into really beautiful color of gold. This sounds easy, but honestly, this is so so so so hard to do in our own house, and I failed like millions of times but I still do not give up since there is no restaurants nearby can make that as good as restaurants in my city.


I also have a lot other interests related with food, such as traveling for eating and so on. Anyway, this is my food story, and I am really looking forward to meet all of you in the class!


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What if we valued real food as much as we value packaged, processed food.  Not because it’s good for us, but just because it’s good??  Here’s an interesting article examining this question





Hi all

I thought you might appreciate this blog.  It is a great alternative perspective on many of the things we have been talking about in class, and helps remind us of simple ways to eat well 



This is a great blog and useful guide for eating on a budget!









I came across this blog and thought this piece of advice was useful.  Thought I’d pass it along to all of you.






Hi everyone

I decided it might be useful to have this list right on the blog, so here it is. Keep in mind there is lots of room for variety and flexibility.  The most important thing is to have what you need (more or less) to prepare whole meals at home.


  1.  Proteins (Animal, Vegetarian, or both)
  2.  Oil-Vegetable, Toasted Sesame, Olive        
  3.  Vinegars-Apple Cider, Balsamic, Rice, Wine 
  4.  Mustard, Mayonnaise, Condiments
  5.  Sweeteners-Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar5. Flours-Whole Wheat, Pastry, Cornmeal, Gluten Free etc, baking soda, baking powder
  6.  Rice, Millet, Quinoa, Oats, Barley, Wheatberries etc.
  7.  Nuts and Seeds
  8.  Garlic, Ginger 
  9.  Fresh Herbs
  10.  Dried Herbs and Spices
  11.  Fresh produce-especially Green and Orange Vegetables, Fresh Fruit
  12.  Pasta
  13.  Canned Tomatoes
  14.  Eggs
  15.  Dried or Canned Beans 
  16.  Cheese-Parmesan, Feta, Cheddar
















New Address

Hello friends.  I am sure you have forgotten all about me and my blog, life and busy ness in the world of work and home is demanding.  Amazingly I have still been cooking (and baking and canning) up a storm, so keep looking for new posts with fabulous new recipes. (Not this week though, it’s 98 degrees in the shade here!)

Please note the new blog address:  www.goodlifecooking.net (NOT .com) and pass along

thanks, and happy cooking