Book Spotlight: Feed Your Face

Feed Your Face is dermatologist Dr Jessica Wu’s new book, released on the 5th April 2012, and is a 28-day diet plan that promises to ‘help you banish blemishes, wipe out wrinkles, shed unwanted pounds and generally feel better’. In this exclusive extract for, Wu examines the triggers for hives (ie urticaria) and the foods you may need to avoid if you experience them. Subscribers to our newsletter can also enter our competition to win one of five copies of the book…

Whenever a patient comes in with a new case of hives, I ask her to begin keeping a diary of absolutely everything she eats or drinks—every vitamin, herb, fizzy drink, snack, medication, illicit drug, or diet drink. (Why illicit drugs? I once knew someone who traced his hives all the way back to the pesticides used on the marijuana he smoked. You never know.) Then when the hives show up again, we review what she ingested 24 to 48 hours before the attack. Sometimes an obvious source jumps out, but most of the time it takes several cycles to spot a pattern. If after several outbreaks we still can’t find the source of the hives, I’ll refer the patient to an allergist who can perform more extensive testing. READ MORE

How to Make a Sourdough Starter & Make the Bread

Wikipedia -San Francisco sourdough is the most famous sourdough bread made in the U.S. today. In contrast to sourdough production in other areas of the country, the San Francisco variety has remained in continuous production since 1849, with some bakeries (e.g., Boudin Bakery among others) able to trace their starters back to California’s Gold Rush period. It is a white bread characterized by a pronounced sourness (not all varieties are as sour as San Francisco sourdough), so much so that the dominant strain of lactobacillus in sourdough starters was named Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis. Sourdough also became popular because of its ability to combine well with seafoods and soups such as cioppino, clam chowder, and chili.

Now, I have reviewed quite a few sourdough starter videos on Youtube and the link below really among the best.- Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor.

Tikoy Recipe


Tikoy or Nian gao is snown as Chinese New Year pudding, the Nian gao is made up of glutinous rice flour, wheat starch, salt, water, and sugar. The colour of the sugar used determines the colour of the pudding (white or brown). Tikoy or Nian Gao is considered as a centerpiece during Chinese New Year in the Philippines.

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Tamera Mowery Housely on Interracial Marriage.

The late Michael Jackson said it best, “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.”  However, getting a point of view from a bi-racial woman of both African American and English Caucasian descent with a twin sister married to an African American male things get very interesting.  Tamera Mowery Housely is one half of the famous sisters who grew up on televison.  Two years ago she married Fox News correspondent Adam Housely.  The two had been together off and on for about five years. got an opportunity to ask Mrs. Housely about interracial dating.

Do you have any advice for women considering dating outside of their race who may be apprehensive about it?
TAMERA: Well, I always find these questions so interesting, because I’m a product of an interracial marriage — and I never really grew up seeing color. I honestly realized that my dad was White when someone told me in middle school. They’re like, “Oh your dad’s White?” I’m like, “Oh, my gosh, he really is White.” I knew what race was, but it didn’t matter to me. Yes we are an interracial couple. The thing is we do still deal with that. People always question that. If anything, it hurts, but we do have more people supporting us than making stupid comments. We kind of just ignore it and focus on the positive. Love is love and a lot of times people might be in the situation they’re in because they put barriers up. Like some people only want to date a model, or an actor, or an athlete. You’re only limiting yourself. Open up to what’s out there because God made us all.

Take a Look at back at the Wedding prep of Multi-Cultural Tamera Mowry to Adam Housely.  His family owns Century Oak Winery (Housley’s) so he wanted their love of wine included in the photo shoot:

MCCN Coverage: Buick Discovery Tour Los Angeles

Reknown New York Chef Michael Psilakis

Food & Wine Magazine and Buick sure know how to make you feel like a million bucks.  If you are scratching your heading trying to figure out the connection just think the finer things in life.  Buick and Food & Wine held the 2013 Buick Discovery Tour at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, CA.  (Visit our Photo Gallery on Facebook)

Wine Tasting lead by Wine Expert Michael Green

It is a private event complete with wine, chocolate, food prepared by the finests chefs in the country and the opportunity for every attendee to test drive a luxury Buick car.

See below the progressive culinary styling of the Chef Ben Roche of Chicago’s Baume & Brix along with a sneak peak of some of those Buicks.

Japanese Tempura Fried Ice Cream Recipe

After visiting a Musashi Restaurant in Northridge, California, I recently got exposed tempura fried ice cream.imgres  The concept is similar to the once popular fried Mexican ice cream.  This is a great dessert recipe idea for your small dinner party or romantic dinner for two.  The presentation will be a scene stealer.  – Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

It was hard more to envision the execution of the recipe so I found a quick about 1 minute link on How to Make Tempura Ice Cream.

Tempura Fried Ice Cream Recipe:

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 slices pound cake (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Authentic Godfather Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe Made Easy


Recently, I published my long await Best Foodie Film list here on the Multi Cultural Cooking Network Blog and on IMDB.  On LinkedIN’s Movie addicts page there was lots of feedback.  The Godfather and Godfather 3 have some fantastic foodie moments revolving around meatballs, sausage and gnocchi.  Francis Ford Coppola is definitely a foodie.  It creeps out with taking the time to do a cooking lesson by the character Clemenza and Michael Corleone in “The Godfather.”   Back then we didn’t realize he would start Coppola Winery.

Foodie Moment: Clemenza tells Michael:

Come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you may have to cook for 20 guys some day. You see, you start out with a little bit of oil, you fry some garlic, then you throw in some tomatoes, some tomato paste, you fry it, you make sure it doesn’t stick, you get it to a boil. You shove in all your sausage and your meatballs, add a little bit of wine, and a little bit of sugar — and that’s my trick.

See the gnocchi scene in Godfather 3 (In Italian) 

California- Monterey River Road Wine Trail -Valentine Passport Event

It is time for the sweetheart of all wine tastings! The 11 artisan vintners along Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail want to share the love! Receive a souvenir glass, entry into a grand drawing, special discounts, fun, food, and celebrate all things amour. Each winery will be hosting their own wine and food pairing, specifically to suit the love surrounding Valentine’s Day.

Click here to See Pricing, Participating Wineries and Website

San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick’s Story of Adoption- A Multi-Cultural Story


What comes with price of success tends to be more invasive questions than you’ve ever experience in your life.  When you “mixed”, often the question can be annoying.  The latest multi-cultural celeb experiencing this is San Francisco 49er’s  Colin Kaepernick.  He  is bi-racial African American and Caucasian but he didn’t grow up with his birth parents.  Kaepernick was adopted at birth by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. His birth mother was 19 when he was born and wanted to give him a better life, according to his family. His birth father left the picture as soon as he found out a baby was on the way, the family said.

Rick and Teresa had two children of their own, but lost two babies shortly after birth because of heart defects. Never mind that Colin was black and they were white. They just wanted another baby. So they took him in, remaining open and honest about his adoption. Though they often get puzzled stares and quizzical looks, nobody in the family thinks much about his place in it.  READ MORE