Creamy Coriander Carrot Soup–Refrigerator Wars Battle 2

Creamy Coriander Carrot Soup

Creamy Coriander Carrot Soup

Does anyone ever really get tired of a beautiful creamy soup? If it’s anyone, it should be me because I like to make creamy soups out of anything. But I don’t get tired of them, because they can be so full of flavor. That’s exactly the case with this one too. This is a great summer soup because of the cooling nature of coriander and cilantro. Also, one of the best weapons I have in my refrigerator wars when you look in the refrigerator and pantry and want something easy and delicious. Continue reading


Fresh Flavorful Gazpacho



Is cold soup an oxymoron? Not if it’s this delicious!

Gazpacho soup is probably the OG of “healthy green shakes” before their trendiness hit health-conscious populations. Originally from regions of Spain and Portugal, and dating back to the Moors and even Romans, it has been a warm weather staple since ancient times. It is refreshing on a hot spring day, and even better during the summer months. Traditionally, it is made with a combination of tomatoes, bread crumbs, olive oil and vinegar, but I still consider my recipe as a classic-style gazpacho even though I don’t use breadcrumbs. Continue reading

Hearty Muffins (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No sugar added)


A great way to start a great day!

Baked goods in the morning can be an incredible treat, but seem so daunting to make. After many savory breakfasts full of green vegetables and eggs, it’s nice to have something to dip into my tea. In Seattle, I could just walk down the block and buy a gluten-free treat. But here, I get to be a little more creative, and have everything piping hot and fresh! These muffins only take 20 minutes total time to make. Yet, quality is not sacrificed for convenience here. For being gluten-free, you’d never know it. They are soft in the middle, crunchy on top, and a great vehicle for jam or apple butter!

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Homemade Sauerkraut–the Purple Variety


Nature is art

While I’m on my probiotic foods kick, I want to share my easy homemade sauerkraut recipe. It is simple and fun to alter to come up with interesting flavors and textures. It’s great for using up leftover greens on their last leg in the fridge, or beautiful fresh exotic root vegetables and starchy veggies from the farmer’s market or your CSA. Continue reading

Yummy Probiotic Hummus!


Believe it or not. It’s tastier than it looks!

Some of my favorite foods are fermented: kimchee, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut. One of the best home-cooking secrets is adding the brine from fermented foods to amp the flavor, texture, and nutrients of your favorite foods! This hummus is arguably the best you’ll make at home because of its zesty taste and creamy flavor–and the secret is a probiotic ingredient! Continue reading

How to Make Polenta–Simply

Occasionally, my mom will call me up to check in on me. Since she is grazing those years between hot Asian lady and grandma, more and more often, she calls to ask me if I’ve eaten. Mostly, she is happy that I cook and feed myself. She is also always astonished to hear about what I’m cooking and wants me to spell out letter by letter anything that is not a Chinese dish we had growing up. So this recipe, P-O-L-E-N-T-A is dedicated to you, mom.


Polenta can be shaped to be the vehicle for other food.

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Dried Lily: Ingredient Profile of an Edible Flower


Dried Lily Bulbs

There are many strange things at the Asian grocers, things that people don’t recognize. Whole aisles consist of bags of dried…stuff. You wander the aisle asking “Is that a bug?” “Is that an animal product?” “Are those eyes?” “What is that?!” There’s no need to be scared or intimidated. These things, my friends, are food. With a little water, they become somewhat recognizable and are essential ingredients in making a dish taste a particular way that you cannot make it taste otherwise. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Bean Stuffing


Bean stuffing with chicken, rice, and asparagus

We recently bought an antibiotic-free, hormone-free whole chicken on sale. It’s such a treat to bake an entire chicken in the dutch oven that I couldn’t resist. The best part of roast fowl is the stuffing, which I normally don’t get to eat, but I’m making it, so I’m eating it! So why not make it gluten-free too? This recipe is so easy and delicious, you won’t even realize there’s a mainstream simple carb alternative.  Continue reading

Ginger Roasted Squash Apple Soup


Ginger Roasted Squash Apple Soup (with Anise star as garnish)

Though the Harvest season is well over and done, there is no way I could get through this cold blistery weather without this soup recipe at least once a month.  With so many winter spices, it warms the tummy and the soul.  Here I used the delicious Kabocha squash (which I recently found out is also called the “buttercup squash”) and apples that are still fresh, but other than 1 or 2 bruises, you don’t want to eat any longer.  Continue reading

Classic Roasted Chicken Thigh Recipe


Right out of the oven

Chicken thighs are probably my favorite part of the chicken.  You can get natural “no hormones” added, “antibiotic-free” chicken thighs for a decent price.  And when cooked properly, the skin is crispy and melts in your mouth, the meat is juicy and flavorful, and it complements so many veggie options.  This is a great way to center a protein-rich meal with a myriad of side dishes when you don’t have much to cook with.

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 3 small onions (red or otherwise), sliced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed and diced
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbs marjoram (or other dried herb like rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, sage, or a mixture depending on the desired flavor and what’s available)
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