Congrats to GMU KPL Xi Class

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I know what you are thinking, “what. you’re in a sorority?!” Don’t be like that. I know what else you are thinking, that is a lot of Asian girls, that parking lot must be all messed up. Harhar. Get this, when I was growing up, I didn’t really know much about Asian American culture. My parents weren’t the strict crazy kind that expected you to get A++. When I got to college, I wanted to make friends with people I wouldn’t have normally been drawn to, and look what I did, chartered a sorority 8 years ago that is now 56 strong, having only started out with 2 charters. That’s us below.
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As an alumni who is still around, I like to support their events, so attending the probate, and the banquet last week was a must. Also, I came out of retirement and took another little sister. This is another reason why I was so busy this fall, making sure this kid becomes a sister.

And she did! Congrats little! I am so proud to see what our colony has become. And now let me introduce my greek family.
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My littles L-R: deMILO FA12, ROCKSTEADY FA05, BEBOP FA08

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And my GrandLittles: Fawkes, Amortentia, Banksy

Chili Oil

I don’t really know how to describe this condiment, other than its a spicy garlicky oil used to dip stuff in or stir into your soups. My mom always had a jar in the spice cupboard. I don’t really eat A LOT of spicy (shocking I know), but I guess I do prefer things more spicy than your average American, I’ve got cajun roots after all!

Going through my emails of recipes that my maman has sent me through the years, there were two things I haven’t made yet. Suki yaki, and this. Obviously I chose to do this chili oil first because that other sauce looks daunting (pickled garlic!??)

Anyway, this is my interpretation of my mom’s recipe. Enjoy!

Chili Oil

Dried Whole Red Asian Chili Peppers, enough to make ½ cup when ground
4-5 garlic large cloves, smashed
1 Cup of Vegetable Oil

Grind the chili peppers finely in your food processor until there is about ½ cup to use. Smash the 4-5 garlic cloves (your choice, I prefer 5 for a stronger garlic flavor) in a mortar and pestle or with the back of your knife.

Heat the oil in a saucepan over high. Add the garlic. When the garlic turns golden, remove saucepan from heat. Burnt garlic is bitter. Don’t cook it too long. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in the ground chili pepper.

The longer it sits the better it tastes. When cool, store in a tightly closed jar with your spices.


What Tattoos?

If you follow me on twitter or know me personally, or read my about section, you know that I’m always trying to figure out ways to hide my tattoos when I am out and about and especially at work. Well last weekend we had a holiday party, and I am definitely not ready to let anyone know visually that I am a menace to society, trouble and a member of gang (please read the sarcasm, I am none of the above).

So I had to ask my friends, twitter and pin things to figure out ways to look fancy, yet not show a single tattoo. This of course meant my options pretty much were limited to turtle neck dresses. Which I wouldn’t have minded. After searching through and through, I decided on a black long sleeve lace dress from

Not pictured: full back tattoo that blends into a half sleeve and chest piece, a forearm tattoo and a wrist tattoo.