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Lunar New Year!

To some, it’s only the second new moon after the solstice, but to me, it’s the lunar new year. In many Asian countries and communities around the world, it’s a significant holiday. In China, it’s called Chingjie, in Vietnam, it’s Tet, while in Korea it’s Somal. Tibetans call it Losar, which predates other lunar new…

monkey with a picture of a groundhog and the date February 2nd

Groundhog’s Day

I believe that Groundhog’s day is one of the more underrated holidays. It seems to be celebrated only in North America, and despite lending its name to a Bill Murray movie, it lacks the international recognition it so dearly deserves. Yes, a few very hip, trendy, and Groundhog-aware cities do their best to drum up…

Happy Pencil Day!

March 30: on this day in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received a patent for his revolutionary invention – The pencil. By incorporating an eraser into the core of the pencil he changed the course of pencil history! Mr. Lipman sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000 who subsequently took legal action against the…

Open Source Truffles

I think everyone loves chocolate truffles! They are exotic and luscious yet deceptively easy to make with a couple of ingredients. 12 oz chocolate 4 oz cream* optional 2 Tablespoons of a flavoring (extract, liqueur, etc.) *If you prefer a plant based truffle, you are welcome to substitute a unsweetened coconut milk for the cream…

monkey playing tiny violin.

Tips for Valentine’s Day Romance

  Music is one of the most beautiful ways to convey feelings when words fail. Spontaneously bursting into a romantic serenade on your violin is a sure way to win your sweetie’s heart. Be sure you know how to play the violin before attempting this charming gesture, or this could tarnish your relationship a tiny bit.

Legendary Sorbet in a Sack

Thanks for joining me. Because my liquid nitrogen privileges have been temporarily suspended, I’ll be using a tried-and-true low-tech method to chill my sorbet.Today, I’m transforming this this box of juice into a tasty and refreshing sorbet. Let’s take a quick inventory to make sure I’m prepared. two zipity locking freezing bags – 1 gallon size and one pint…

Happy Birthday! Mim!

It is s cozy feeling when you know someone for as long as  have known Mim.  I was just a tiny terrycloth monkey when we met. So, I’m excited to wish Mim a very Happy Birthday today! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo I’m going to celebrate with a nice cool, sweet and refreshing slice of watermelon!  

Safety Tip #911

Unless you are terrycloth or some sort of heat-proof silicon life form, always be cautious around the stove, oven, grill or other hot surfaces. Remember to don some sort of protective gloves, pot holders or mitts when touching hot pots, pans or implements. Never ever ever (ever!) manipulate anything that has been baking, boiling, frying,…

Quick Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Any time is a good time for a grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t you agree?  But what do you do if you don’t have a stove handy?  My solution: use an iron! Chefs know preparation can make or break a culinary creation. So, I carefully assemble all the ingredients and tools on my check list before beginning sandwich construction.…

Adventure Alert

my bags are packed and i’m on the go! (as depicted by this lovely portraid of me by apelad) i’ll be in china & tibet over the next few weeks and i hope to twitter from the roof of the world! catch my tweets at www.twitter.com/hi_im_monkey or maybe i’ll post a little something here!