About Me

My name is Norma Chang. I am the author/publisher of two user-friendly cookbooks: My Students’ Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition) and Wokking Your Way to Lowfat Cooking.

Please contact me if you are interested in obtaining copies of my cookbooks.

I am a gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and love to think outside the box.

I am a volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden and a Master Gardener Volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.

73 Responses to About Me

  1. evelyn Stevenson says:

    Hi Norma,

    Great idea – I usually can’t do this because I don’t have Facebook! I have always enjoyed getting your good information and hopefully learning from it!

  2. Norma Chang says:

    Thanks Evelyn. I enjoy sharing the little knowledge I have.

  3. Maggie + Peter says:

    Dearest Norma,
    I´m one of your “old” friends and we got to know each other during our stay in Fishkill 1985-1987!! It´s long ago but we are still good friends and I learned a lot about Chinese cooking from your classes at the YMCA in Poughkeepsie! We enjoyed your visit with YT your husband, here in Germany and now I´m even able to “Blog” with you – that´s fantastic! I think this was a very good idea and we all can have a look into your garden and get new recipes. Thanks a lot and many greetings from Maggie + Peter

    • Norma Chang says:

      Dear Maggie and Peter,
      Welcome to my blog.
      YT and I are glad as well that we had the opportunity to get to know you during your stay in the area and more importantly that we remained friends and continued to keep in touch. Hope we will have the opportunity to meet again.
      Looking forward to your blog’s visits.
      Fondest regards,

  4. Cheryl says:

    Hi Norma,

    It was great seeing you this weekend at the Sheep and wool Festival. I always enjoy working with you. Can’t wait to see all your pictures.

  5. Veggie PAK says:

    It’s so much fun to find bloggers from cities and towns from where I grew up in New York State! I’m originally from Hudson, which is in Columbia county. Now I live in Virginia, and love the warmer winter weather!

    Keep up the good work with the cooking! Thanks for sharing.
    Veggie PAK

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello VeggiePAK,
      Thanks for stopping by. Hudson is about 1 hour north of where I live. I would love to have warmer winter weather, but I would also miss the 4 seasons. Were you in Hudson when the Poughkeepsie railway bridge caught fire in l974? It is now a walkway, and when you stand in the middle of the bridge and look up and down the Hudson River, the view is just breath taking. If you have the opportunity to return for a visit you must take a walk on the walkway, here is the link: .

  6. Gary McCourt says:

    Hi Norma, thanks for ther comment. A very interesting Blog you have here, I look forward to reading your posts!

  7. Jenny says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am not sure how you found me, thank you!

    Your blog is amazing! So full of incredible information and recipes. I will be back!


    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Jenny,
      Thanks, looking forward to your future visits.
      I found you through your applesauce fruit leather, cannot remember how I strumbled upon your recipe.

  8. Hi Norma,
    I stopped by to thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. I hope you find some recipes that you will enjoy. You have a fantastic blog and one that I will be back and looking for more great recipes to try.

  9. Anette Laubengaier says:

    Hi Norma,
    thank you sooo much for those wonderful books of yours. I already cooked the sweet and sour pork and the lemon chicken. Best recipes ever !!!! My family loved it.
    This week, tofu is on my agenda…:-). Hopefully, I’ll be able to get decent tofu around here.
    I do a lot of Chinese / Asian cooking, but your recipes are simply THE BEST !!!!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Anette,
      Glad you like my cookbooks and your family loved the recipes you tried so far. Thank you for the compliment.
      On Friday I posted about oven dehydrated pressed tofu that you may find interesting, here is the link

      • Anette Laubengaier says:

        I already read it, really interesting. It’s very hard to get decent tofu here in Germany, only industrial stuff which doesn’t taste too well….. .But I’ll give it a shot this week….. . My kids have been eating tofu since they were babies….. . I’m so glad my mother and you met. Ever since then, I’ve been cooking Chinese food . My family really enjoys it…… .. I’m also a +gardener* and I’ll try the lemon grass and ginger experiment as well……. . The ginger I get here is usually really dry and not very tasty…..:-) But I’ve got giner wine in my refrigerator….:-))

      • Norma Chang says:

        Hello Anette,
        I am glad too.

  10. Food Stories says:

    Just found your site through your guest post from everyday maven. I’ve subscribed to your blog and can’t wait to see what’s next!

  11. Nice to “meet” you, Norma! Love your blog, and am looking forward to exploring some more.
    Wishing you continued success!

  12. Barbara Good says:

    Hi Norma, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog so much that I have nominated you for an award, see here http://thenewgoodlife.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/tuesdays-top-five-about-me-and-some-awards/.

    I’m not sure how you feel about this sorts of things. Please feel free to respond to it in any way, if at all, that you like.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Barbara,
      Thanks for the nomination, I am honoured and touched. I have decided earlier on not to participate in any awards as I have an extremely difficult time deciding who to nominate.

      • Barbara Good says:

        I completely understand. I um’d and ah’d over whether to go in for them too. In the end I did a sort of compromised take on them and really just wanted to highlight some blogs new to me that I think others would like to, like yours. I’ll keep reading with interest.

  13. mac says:

    Please send me you mailing address, I’m planning to send you the garlic chives before your ground freezes.


  14. sky says:

    hello Norma, is there a way i can send you a photograph of a long forgotten & very peculiar set of potatoes that have chitted & that are alien looking to say the least, let me know if possible please ta, sky

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Sky,
      Received your photo. Those alien looking white spikes are new growth, I think. I really do not know a lot about growing potatoes, learning myself. Maybe if you Google “Growing Potatoes” you can find the info you are looking for or go to the Cornell U. link on the right column of my blog, hope I helped.

  15. sky says:

    thank you for responding–i will do so.. sky

  16. Hi Norma, your blog is awesome…
    great recipes within great photograp…

  17. Junemarie says:

    Hi Norma!
    I am the teen librarian at the Pound Ridge Library and got your name from the South Salem Library. Would you run a summer program for our teens? It would be a Thursday night from 7-9 PM between June 25 and August 1st.

    Pound Ridge Library

  18. Chris Ferrero says:

    Hi, Norma –
    How wonderful to rediscover you among the Dutchess County Master Gardeners! Love the blog already, and will feel privileged to continue to follow your good work…
    Happy Spring!

  19. Vera Boehm says:

    Norma, I made the Sweet Potato Noodle Stir-Fry for dinner. It came out fantastic, but I had a real mess trying to cut the cooked noodles into smaller pieces. Is there a simple way to do it?

    I loved your class today.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Vera,
      Glad your Sweet Potato Noodles Stir-Fry turned out fantastic.
      I use kitchen scissors to cut the noodles. Let me know if using the scissors work better for you.

  20. Vera Boehm says:

    The scissors worked fine. Don’t know why I only tried a knife. My son has developed psoriatic arthritis, besides needing to be gluten free, and is on a very limited holistic diet. I see lots of possibilities with the sweet potato noodles to help him get something new added to his diet. I love your blog!


    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Vera,
      Glad the scissors worked. You can use the sweet potato noodles in soups as well. Try it as a substitute for spaghetti.
      Check out my posts on growing and cooking with sprouts hopefully you will find them useful. Write again if you need more info.

  21. Norma, just want to let you know how much it meant to me to have you liking and commenting on my blog. And for bestowing me my new nickname! It was so kind of you to welcome me with open arms when I started joining the Harvest Monday crowd. Thank you so much! And I’ve learned a lot from you, from gardening to cooking. 🙂

  22. You’ve been nominated for the WordPress Family Award! By me! Check it out here, http://thenovicegardener.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/spreading-the-love-around/

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Angie,
      Thanks for thinking of me and thanks for the nomination, I am flattered. Early in my blogging, I declined all awards for the simple reason that I enjoy and learn from all the blogs I read and would have a very difficult time selecting only a few to nominate.

  23. Norma, please – where do you live? I mean, Country! Reason for asking – I am trying to compare your and my hothouse climate here for my terrace garden. One thing is for sure – I will have to have one of those green nylon mesh curtains covering the open area in order to block some of this tremendous heat out. Thanks

  24. Carina says:

    yes Norma, you are correct. For the past 12 years we now live here in Cochin/Kerala in the very South of this vast country – India 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Carina,
      Did a little research about Cochin/Kerala and discovered it is a gorgeous place to visit, but to live there year round, that is like on vacation year round, how wonderful.

  25. Maria M says:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. The rules for the award are to thank the person who nominated you, link back to their blog and nominate 15 bloggers who are worthy to be classified as versatile bloggers.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maria,
      I am glad you enjoy my blog. Thanks for the nomination, I am flattered. Early in my blogging, I declined all awards for the simple reason that I enjoy and learn from all the blogs I read and would have a very difficult time selecting only a few to nominate.

  26. Linda Lewis says:

    Norma, I’ve given you the 2013 Blog of the Year Award. http://creativeartworksblog.wordpress.com/awards/ To accept, here are the directions.
    http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/ Congratulations, Norma. You do a great job!

  27. Jacob Derwin says:

    Hello there, Norma!
    My name is Jacob Derwin. You know my grandparents, Bonnie and Dan Radwin. When I was younger, I remember attending one of your cooking demonstrations at the library! You might remember me as the little kid who wondered if different colored lettuces tasted different from each other, haha.
    I want to thank you for the sweet potato noodles! I just received them today from my grandparents. I have been cooking as much as possible in my college dorm at Kent State in Ohio. We only have one tiny kitchen with two working burners on the stove, but I’ve managed to make some tasty homemade meals. In fact, the first thing I began working on was learning how to make a simple stir-fry. I’m getting better with every try, and I continue to incorporate new ingredients.
    When I return to school I’ll be sure to try your Sesame Sweet Potato Noodles recipe! I nearly have all the ingredients needed already!
    All the best,
    Jacob Derwin

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Jacob,
      What a pleasant surprise!!!!! Yes, I remember you well, coming to my cooking programs with your grandparents and willing to try all the dishes prepared. Can’t believe you are now a college student. I understand you are doing exceptionally well.
      Glad you are continuing your interest in cooking and learning to improvise. Hope you like the sweet potato noodles. Feel free to make changes to my recipes but remember to list the changes you make and the results this way you can go back and tweek the recipe to your liking.
      Click here for the sweet potato noodles post I wrote.

  28. lizthechef says:

    Delighted to find your comment on my blog – my San Diego garden and yours are world apart, weather-wise. I love reading about your garden!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Liz,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Given the delightfully mild San Diego weather I imagine you have a much longer growing season than I do. Are you able to garden year round?

  29. zuhang says:

    十分羡慕你成功种植Okinawan sweet potato 。我去年网购两条这种薯苗,卖方却错误寄来白皮黄肉的薯苗,我幸苦一年却收获了一堆假紫薯苗和薯块。

  30. Zoe Eppley says:

    Would you please tell me the name of the beautiful purple peony (last photo) on your blog post, “Tree Peonies – A Feast For The Eyes?” How is it doing now, 3 years later? Thank you!

  31. Rin says:

    Hi Norma,

    Lovely blog. I want to know more about the Adirondack blue potatoes. Are you growing them this season? Can they grow in winter? Thanks!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Rin,
      Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment, I was kind of out of commission. No, I will not be growing Adirondack blue potatoes this year only Blue which I prefer. Where I live they will not grow in the winter, but they may grow where you are check with your local garden center or Cooperative Center.

  32. Hannah says:

    Hi Norma!
    My walking onions have come back to life ! I guess they still did have the bulb! I am so happy ! I had to tell you!

  33. Ken Christian - unicyclist says:

    Hi Norma, I enjoy your blogs, and am always impressed at how beautiful your pictures are of the vegetables. When I saw this photo contest at the Mid-Hudson Valley Credit Union, I thought of you, here is the link if you would like to participate: https://www.mhvfcu.com/mhv/media/images/Landing%20Pages/MHVPhotoContestOfficialRules2018_.pdf

  34. GoldenAmpersand says:

    Hi Norma!
    I am originally from Goshen, and I now live in the Philadelphia region. My boyfriend and I just bought a new wok, and all of the sudden I remembered about you and for some reason – your old email address, Love2wok@aol.com! I’m 27 now, but I used to go to every single one of your programs at the Goshen Library as a kid and teen. I am definitely going to be checking out your blog!
    Thanks for being you!
    ~ Jenna

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Jenna,
      So good to hear from you, wish I could put the name and face together. I am now retired and no longer conduct programs, but glad you had the opportunity to participate. I do miss the interactions that my programs provide especially the teens programs.

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