Dashi (simple Japanese seafood stock)

Dashi is a super simple Japanese seafood stock. I’m guessing if you’re reading this right now, that you have a Miso soup recipe in front of you that you’re getting ready to make. But if not, you absolutely must try this one; Miso Soup with Shrimp, Shiitake and Bok Choy. Even if you’re not making Miso soup, let me tell you why you should make Dashi your ‘go to’ seafood stock for any recipe. For one, it’s made with kombu! Kombu is a sea vegetable, aka kelp. The type you’ll use for this recipe is normally sold in dried strips and looks something like this.↓ Here in the United States we rarely integrate seaweed as an ingredient for any recipe, … Read more…

Miso Soup with Shrimp, Shiitake and Bok Choy

Miso? Dashi? Bok Choy? With these healthy goodies, this Miso Soup with Shrimp, Shiitake and Bok Choy is like dropping a serious health bomb inside your body. Even though there are plenty of health benefits related to eating miso soup, there are also some pretty negative reviews out there about its lack of flavor. Don’t believe them! Miso soup is only as good as you make it, literally. And it’s super simple to make too. To be totally honest, I wasn’t exactly wowed by the traditional recipe. The big negative for me was the tofu. That’s right, I’m not a big tofu fan and I doubt anyone out there is gasping in surprise. I would bet even those of you … Read more…

Crispy Sriracha Chicken Wings

Do you find yourself drizzling Sriracha on anything from your eggs in the morning to your bowl of ice cream in evening? By the way, ew. If so, you are a true Sriracha addict and you’re going to have no choice but to love these crispy Sriracha chicken wings. Ever since I brought the first bottle of Sriracha home, it seemed to disappear faster than you can say, “Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl baby!” Are you hearing that a lot these days too? And this got me thinking, not football, but fooooood…SUPER BOWL PARTY FOOOOOD. It’s just another one of those excuses we make for ourselves to get together, drink beer and gorge ourselves with the most … Read more…

Easy Texas Style Chili

I’ve had many requests and comments on my Texas Style Chili recipe from people who really want to make it, but it’s either too complicated or takes too much time, and so they have asked if I could simplify it. I totally understand! This recipe is more of an adventure and less than convenient, unless of course you have the time and enjoy spending hours in the kitchen. In today’s world, sometimes we barely have time to breath. But no matter what, I don’t want you to miss out on this amazing chili! So, at your request, I’ve simplified the recipe without sacrificing the original flavor too much. For one, there’s no more making your own chili powder (I can … Read more…

Texas Style Chili aka Chile con Carne

I now have lived in the south long enough to grow to like things a little more hot and sticky and not so cold and icy. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the occasional big snow that we get during the winter months. But you can have the cold any other day of the year. This year we didn’t even get any time to adjust. Old man winter was like, WABAM! It went from the 70’s the last two weeks of December (which was pretty abnormal, but nice), to 28 degree lows now the first week of January. This has done nothing for me except got me in the mood for something that might bring a little heat back into … Read more…

Dairy Free Eggnog with Coconut Cream

I’m hosting Christmas Eve this year for the family. And what would Christmas Eve be without eggnog? It just wouldn’t. So, I’m planning on making dairy free eggnog with coconut cream instead of the traditional heavy cream. Yes, the eggnog is for everyone, but the diary free part is just for me. WARNING: This holiday devil drink is highly addictive, so if you were looking to keep your calorie intake in check over the holidays, I would just nix it. Substituting the coconut cream for the heavy cream only cuts about 30 calories per cup out of almost 800! I’m not a fan of feeling like I’m fighting a losing battle over the holidays. So I plan to partake. You … Read more…

Gluten Free Turkey Meatball Soup with Fennel

The colder weather, longer nights, and the absolute gluttony of Thanksgiving have me spent mentally and physically. I’m feeling like I need total body and soul cleansing. So, I decided to create one for myself with this gluten free turkey meatball soup with fennel. Yes, fennel! I recently tried fennel for the very first time in a recipe I found for braised center cut pork chops and it was divine. Since then, I’ve done some research on this wonderfully aromatic and delicious veggie and found out that it is also off the charts in health benefits. First, and probably its greatest health benefit, is that it helps reduce inflammation, which is what I need most at the moment. I’m feeling … Read more…

Gluten Free Dark Mocha Brownies

As you might know by now, I’ve been on the search for that gluten-free flour (I’m not talking about a blend) that could easily substitute wheat flour at a 1:1 ratio. I happened to stumble across teff flour. The more I read about it, the more hopeful I became. I even saw a few baking recipes that people were using just teff, no other flours. Could this really be the one??? I started getting really excited. Well, I fell a little too hard for teff flour, a little too soon. But see, I’m naturally an eternal optimist. If someone tells me something doesn’t exist or can’t be done, I’m always right there trying to prove him or her wrong, sometimes … Read more…

Bacon Wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken

What’s for dinner? I don’t care! I’ve been, well, a mom lately, and I haven’t had much time for anything else this week, not even cooking. And as much as I love to cook, it’s just not worth it for me to spend a lot of time on dinner for my kids. There’s nothing worse that slaving all day in the kitchen just to hear “I don’t like that” before it even touches their lips. But, because I was once that little girl, sitting at the table, not liking anything and never wanting to try anything new, I have no choice but to understand my kids limited palate. It’s called a picky eater and it is every child, to one … Read more…

Pumpkin Spiced BBQ Ribs

The high today is supposed to be 80ºF here in North Carolina. It feels like summer. So I’m thinking, let’s fire up the grill! But wait, pumpkins are in-season, maybe I should make a pumpkin pie? Why can’t I enjoy both at the same time? Who makes these rules anyway? Grilling is only for summer? Pumpkins are only for pie? Bah rules! They were made to be broken. This recipe is proof. PUMPKIN SPICED BBQ RIBS Servings 6-8 8 lbs. pork baby back ribs (remember, the key to good ribs are starting with good ribs) THE RUB: 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/8 cup kosher salt 1 1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 tbsp. paprika 1 tbsp. … Read more…

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