Posted in February 2013

Salad Niçoise with Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

Salad Niçoise with Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

A twist on the classic Salad Niçoise Looking back at recent blog posts this month, I realized that the recipes I have posted thus far have taken on a rather Asian theme. Okay, I can’t help it. I love Asian foods and a good portion of what I cook at home is at least Asian-inspired. So … Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup Sometimes one simply needs a good pot of hot, spicy, soul-cleansing, sinus-clearing soup. Situations that such a soup might possibly remedy: A miserably cold and dreary winter day Misery induced by the previous night’s over-eager indulgence in too many glasses of vino Night-before-exam misery due to having put off grocery shopping … Continue reading

Braised Spicy Sichuan Eggplant

Braised Spicy Sichuan Eggplant

Braised Spicy Sichuan Eggplant with Minced Pork Eggplant is my favorite vegetable – especially the long and skinny Japanese variety. It is so savory with its ability to soak up sweet, vinegary, and salty flavors – all hallmarks of this classic Sichuan dish. In Chinese, the dish is called “yu xiang qiezi” – or “fish-fragrant” … Continue reading

Cumin and Thyme-Rubbed Pork Chops

Cumin and Thyme-Rubbed Pork Chops

Cumin & thyme-rubbed pork chops on a green salad I am lucky enough to live within 15 minutes of a Trader Joe’s. Never have I been glad enough for a reverse migration of Californians back out to the Midwest. I’m one of such transplants, and I’m glad TJ’s was thoughtful enough to make sure to … Continue reading