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…

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…

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…

Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup

It’s the beginning of fall and the weather has multiple personality disorder here in North Carolina. One day it’s in the mid 80’s, the next not much over 60, sunny, raining, windy, dry, humid…make up your mind already! And now the rain won’t stop, going strong for the past four days with no end in sight. Sound like a recipe for a cold? Well yes it is. And guess who got one. You know, the scratch that starts in the back of your throat and slowly moves down into your chest? Now it’s just hanging there like this nasty weather. They have to be friends. Well I decided there was only one thing that could make me feel better about … Read more…

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