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Chinese Broccoli with Garlicky Ginger Miso

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I’m so affected by food that even the mention of certain city names can illicit a salivary response. Pavlov’s dog for the foodie. If I think “Chicago”, I immediately remember Grant Achatz painting our table with candy gems, fruit baubles and sweet jams. Tomorrow, I’m heading back to Chi-town to speak at a food blogger event hosted by Verizon Wireless. Included in the trip …

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Scallop with Mustard Miso Sauce

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One of the seafood guys at the the local grocery store kinda gives me the heebs. He’s super-nice, friendly and helpful BUT as he packages up my seafood order, wraps it up in paper and hands it to me, he holds onto the package of seafood just a leeeeetle too long, winks at me and says, “You come back and …

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Warm Asian Potato Salad with Sesame & Fresh Chile Dressing

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24 hours ago, I was in Seattle. 31 hours ago, I was in a car with a certain red head who likes to make farty sounds with her armpit as we were driving back to the hotel. 33 hours ago, Elise, Ree and I hosted a party for 500-ish people. After an entire day of shopping, eating 5 dozen oysters, …

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Stuffed Miso Eggplant

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I got a nice surprise in yesterday’s mail – a copy of Where Women Cook: The Heart & Soul of Cooking published by the lovely, lovely Jo Packham. It’s a quarterly magazine sold at retail stores (most bookstores and I think I saw it at Costco and Target too), featuring women passionate about food, their kitchens and their stories. This month’s …

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Miso Salmon with Orange and Fennel Recipe

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When we first moved into our house, I had carved out a small patch of land for the herb garden. Since the irrigation was a little messed up, the gardenette was close to a hose and small enough to be manageable daily. Once the main garden was built last October, I had transferred all my energy, plants and herbs into …

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Garlic Noodles with Miso Butter

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This is a variation of one of the most popular recipes from my cookbook (Todd & Diane posted the recipe for Garlic Butter Noodles) and SteamyKitchen.com (Garlic Scallion Noodles). I’ve one-upped the recipe by adding in a spoonful of miso paste and throwing in fresh mushrooms, which is like upgrading from (okay, I just deleted a lame analogy of something …

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Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

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The Chinese equivalent to bacon is Chinese Sausage, or “lap cheong” in Cantonese. If there’s one ingredient that will make brussels sprouts your most favorite vegetable, it’s Chinese Sausage (yes, even more so than bacon). Chinese Sausage is the secret ingredient to my fried rice – and hey, it’s sold on Amazon.com (actually, that’s a pretty good price $12.85 for a …

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Miso Mashed Potatoes

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You know the beginning stages of falling in love? That exhilarating, “I’ll stop the world and melt with you….” feeling (that’s for my Modern English fans). Well, back on 8/8/08, my birthday a few years ago, I fell in love all over again with my husband. The morning of my birthday, he told me, “pack your bags, we’re going on a …

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Grilled Honey Miso Wings

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Just when I thought I could devote entire week to writing headnotes for my cookbook, Scott reminded me that corporate taxes were due end of the month. “End of the month!??? That’s like in a few days! Why didn’t you tell me before?” Of course, he did. Everyday for the past 10 days he’s reminded me, but I’m the mistress …

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Spicy Steamed Mussels in Miso Broth

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The once empty garage-turned-playroom-turned-moving boxes storage-area-turned-photography studio is now finally looking lived in, played in, worked in. In other words, it’s a mess and I love it. The wire shelving that holds my props is now about to collapse from the weight of an etsy and Fishs Eddy binge. Wooden boards are strewn across the bottom shelves, delicate stoneware bowls of all different …

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Green Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

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This recipe was originally slated for my cookbook, but I seem to have too many recipes already slated for the Vegetable chapter, so I’m puttin’ it here and sharing with you on the blog. Learning a good stir fry technique for home cooking is important – it will save you from throwing out the odds and ends of vegetables in …