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Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

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

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

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

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 …

Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

Miso Ginger Asparagus

A reader asked me what miso paste tastes like, while she has enjoyed miso soup at Japanese restaurants, she couldn’t quite imagine what cooking with miso paste would be like. So what flavor dimension does miso paste add to a dish? If I had to just choose one single word, I’d say “umami” which is just a fancy foodie term …

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Chinese New Year Recipes

January 23rd is the Year of the Dragon! Year of the Dragon Prediction (from Chinese Fortune Calendar) “Dragon is a legendary animal and it is symbol of emperor in China. Since the Dragon is coated with mysterious color, Chinese consider that the dragon is unpredictable, untouchable and people cannot see its head and tail at the same time. Therefore, we can …

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Grilled Tofu Salad with Miso Dressing

It’s nearly mid-January and I’ve been working hard testing recipes, writing, photographing my next Steamy Kitchen book. Writing a cookbook is possibly one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done – even skydiving holds no candle to obsessing over creating perfect recipes and enticing photos for 12 months. I’ve enlisted one of my best friends, Kelly, to help me …