By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Asian Soups and Starters

Chop Suey may have been America's introduction to the cuisine of the Orient, but over the years regional Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines have become an important part of the American culinary landscape.

This month's menu is a fun menu to help you beat the winter doldrums. Beef Sate and Spicy Pork Wontons with Sesame Dipping Sauce lead the menu, followed by two delicious soups, Asian Meatball Soup and Hot and Sour Soup. For dessert, why not serve the Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango or the Tropical Tapioca recipes on this site.

Recipes:

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
There are many methods employed to roast a whole beef tenderloin, and I believe I’ve tried every one of them. Some call for a very hot oven with a short cooking time, others call for a moderate oven with a longer cooking time, and my favorite method is low and slow.
Asian Meatball Soup
Chicken noodle soup is winter comfort food, and this version takes an Asian turn with hints of lime, ginger, soy sauce and chile sauce.
Beef Sate
Sate can be made with a variety of foods. In fact, practically anything served on a bamboo skewer is a “sate.” Pork and chicken are the most common on restaurant menus, but here, thin slices of beef are given a flavorful marinade and are grilled.
Hot and Sour Soup Recipe
Hot and Sour Soup is an ever-present starter on Chinese menus, but few attempt to make it at home. This short-cut version uses ingredients found at any supermarket and the prep time is under 20 minutes.