Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:38:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce http://steamykitchen.com/34185-vietnamese-spring-rolls-with-orange-almond-sauce-from-the-blender-girl-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/34185-vietnamese-spring-rolls-with-orange-almond-sauce-from-the-blender-girl-recipe-video.html#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 11:45:54 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=34185 I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything! But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing ...

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I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything!

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But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing husband won’t touch it….and therefore my kids won’t dip in it either. Sigh. I keep telling the kids that, “Buddha is a happy eater (see his belly!?) and he would want you to eat like Mama, not Dad.”

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My friend, Blender Girl (okay, her name is really Tess) just came out with a cookbook called The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes.

I found a recipe for Orange Almond Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Big massive hit all around. It’s creamy, light and made with almond butter and fresh citrus juices for something a little different.

If you vow to cook a little healthier this summer – take a look at Tess’ book with 100 recipes that are good for you. The blender does all the hard work! The book features smoothies you’d expect from a blender book – as well as sauces, soups, marinades, dressings and desserts.

The book is currently #3 cookbook on Amazon!

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Servings: Makes 16 rolls Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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You can make these rolls up to a day ahead. Here's what you need to remember: Place the rolls on a clean, dry plate in a single layer. If you want to stack multiple layers, place a sheet of plastic wrap between each layer. This prevents the rolls from sticking to each other. When all rolls are done, make sure you cover everything with plastic wrap - this prevents the rice paper from drying out in the refrigerator.

If you can't find almond butter - you can use any type of nut butter.

OPTIONAL: Soak the matchstick carrots and julienned cucumbers in 3 tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar. It will add the amazing "zing" that you'll love!

Recipe adapted from The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Ingredients:

FOR THE SPRING ROLLS
6 ounces dried rice vermicelli noodles
16 large dried rice paper wrappers
8 large lettuce leaves, preferably soft ones, halved and hard ribs removed
1 cup, matchstick cut carrots
2 cucumbers, julienned
1-2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1-2 bell pepper, cored, julienned
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
1 cup loosely packed mint
1 cup loosely packed basil




FOR THE ORANGE ALMOND SAUCE
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon honey or coconut nectar
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Soak the noodles in hot water for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain.

To assemble the rolls, fill a shallow dish half full with hot water (hot to the touch but not boiling. and submerge one rice paper wrapper for 5 seconds, let excess water drop off.  Place wrapper on a clean, dry surface and fold in half to form a half-circle. The wrapper should still be a bit stiff, but will soften by the time you've finished filling with vegetables.

Place a lettuce leaf in the middle of the half-circle and top it with a forkful of noodles, and then add a bit of each of the vegetables and herbs.  Carefully roll up the Vietnamese Spring Roll and set it on a dish, seam-side down in single layer. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. If not serving immediately, chill in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap. 

To make the dipping sauce, throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for about 1 minute, until well combined. You may want to add an additional tablespoon or two of water to thin out the sauce. Stir in sesame seeds. Serve alongside the rolls.

 

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20 Minute Sriracha Sauce http://steamykitchen.com/31539-20-minute-sriracha-sauce-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/31539-20-minute-sriracha-sauce-recipe-video.html#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:38:08 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=31539 Like my label!? LOL Back before Sriracha was a “thing” – we just called it “red sauce” and squirted it on just about everything, including scrambled eggs. The original “rooster brand” Huy Fong recipe was so perfect that they had a virtual monopoly at Vietnamese restaurants and competitors didn’t even try to imitate their formula. Fun fact from Forbes: Huy Fong ...

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20 Minute Sriracha Sauce RecipeLike my label!? LOL

Back before Sriracha was a “thing” – we just called it “red sauce” and squirted it on just about everything, including scrambled eggs.

The original “rooster brand” Huy Fong recipe was so perfect that they had a virtual monopoly at Vietnamese restaurants and competitors didn’t even try to imitate their formula. Fun fact from Forbes: Huy Fong Foods has seen a 20% increase in revenue nearly every year since its founding in 1980.

After the news of the temporary shutdown of Huy Fong operations in Irwindale, California, the people of the Internets went crazy. Apparently, the fumes from cooking thousands of pounds of chiles were becoming unbearable for Huy Fong’s residential neighbors. (We hear they’ve resumed shipping, but I haven’t been able to confirm this.)

It’s actually easier than you think to make your own Sriracha – a food processor and medium pot is all you need. If you’re used to just squeezing the rooster bottle (heehee) for your hot sauce fix, you’ll be shocked at how many more flavor profiles you can get from homemade.

20 Minute Sriracha Sauce Recipe
You can make your sauce thinner if you like – run the sauce through a blender to get it less chunky. But I likey mine chunky :-)

While I love the original Huy Fong sauce, it’s missing balance and depth.

Here’s what good  flavor translates to – a balance of the 5 S’s:

  • Salty
  • Savory
  • Sour
  • Spicy
  • Sweet

I’d also add in a B – bitterness – but people don’t like that “B” word (plus it doesn’t start with an “S” ruining my awesome convenient and catchy teaching moment (eye roll and head shake).

The perfect condiment should have all of these flavor elements. Here’s why this 20-Minute Sriracha recipe that I’ve modified from Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook is perfect:

  • Salty and Savory: choice of fish sauce, coconut amino or Bragg’s. Not only do these sauces provide a salty flavor, but they all have “umami” which adds savory notes.*
  • Sour – vinegar
  • Spicy – chiles. But not too spicy. I like using s combo of hot peppers and mild peppers. If a sauce is too spicy, you can’t taste anything else on your plate.
  • Sweet – honey, and sweetness of peppers

Plus, the bonus of homemade is that your sauce is so much more vibrant, bright and full flavored. You’ll want this sauce on your eggs in the morning. in your noodle soup, on your meatloaf, in your stir-fries.

*Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is found in health food stores, Whole Foods and most major supermarkets have this too. Look near the BBQ sauces and Worcestershire sauce. Love this stuff. I’ve been using this in place of soy sauce and fish sauce on everything. It’s healthier, non-GMO, gluten-free, non-fermented. Every homemade salad dressing I’ve been making lately has a Bragg’s in it! Good stuff.

*Coconut Aminos is a new ingredient for me. I found it at my local health food store. It’s raw, gluten-free, 100% organic, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free and contains 17 naturally occurring aminos. I like this just as much as Bragg’s. Give it a try!

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Big thanks to Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans Cookbook by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong for another stellar recipe. LOVE this cookbook, I can’t recommend it enough and have purchased copies for my friends.

None of us are Paleo dieters, but the recipes are so versatile and delicious that anyone can benefit from this book! Every recipe has a photo, most with vibrant step by step photos.

If you haven’t already, check out the Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice that I’ve made from the Nom Nom Paleo.

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Watch how easy it is to make this homemade Sriracha sauce!

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Servings: 3 cups Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Use any type of peppers you want! If you want your sauce red colored - stick to red peppers. My favorite is a combo of red jalapeno or red serrano and mini sweet peppers (the kind you find on veggie trays to eat raw) - smaller and sweeter than bell peppers.

In fact, if you want to use bell peppers, go ahead!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound fresh red jalapeno peppers
1/2 pound fresh mini sweet snacking peppers
7 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (or white or unsweetened rice vinegar)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fish sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos

Directions:

STEP 1: In a food processor or high speed blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth.

STEP 2: In a medium saucepan over high heat, pour the sauce in and cook on high until it begins to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust with additional honey, vinegar or Bragg's (or whatever you're using) if needed. You're looking for a nice balance of flavor. Fry an egg and try a spoonful on it. Tastes wonderful? Turn off heat and allow sauce to cool completely.

STEP 3: Transfer the sriracha sauce to jars. Sriracha will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Better yet, can them and store in pantry!

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Healthy General Tso’s Chicken http://steamykitchen.com/30918-healthy-general-tsos-chicken-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/30918-healthy-general-tsos-chicken-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:00:32 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=30918 White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!) Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat all ...

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Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!)

Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat all the way. When we first started dating, I had to re-learn how to cook chicken properly. All I used to care about was roasting, stir-frying or grilling the thigh, wing and leg portions perfectly, not even giving a second thought to the breast, which cooks faster than its dark brothas and sistahs. Most of the time, the breast meat and bones went into broth-making anyways. I also had a Jack Russell terrier who was spoiled with slightly overcooked and a touch dry chicken breast dinners.

Yummy and Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

The argument for eating chicken breast is that “it’s healthier” – but just HOW MUCH healthier?

White Meat versus Dark MeatAccording to an article from Josh Ozersky on Time Magazine, the difference isn’t as great as you might think.

From U.S. Department of Agriculture:

100 grams of white meat – 0.56 g of saturated fat and 114 calories
100 grams of dark meat has 1 g of saturated fat and 119 calories. 

To save .46 grams + 3 calories, I’ll take the dark meat any day!

 

Men’s Health article: “The extra fat in dark turkey or chicken meat raises your levels of cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone that makes you feel fuller, longer.”

Live Science: “A nutrient called taurine, found abundantly in poultry dark meat, significantly lowered the risk of coronary heart disease in women with high cholesterol, the study revealed. The researchers said that taurine also might help protect against diabetes and high blood pressure.”

Slate: The Dark Side of the Bird: “Dark chicken meat is also nutrient rich, containing higher levels of iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins B6 and B12 than white meat.”

Despite this research, Scott still prefers the breast. Which is just fine by me – we don’t have to fight over who gets which part of the chicken! We each call dibs on our own section.

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I’ve made a Healthy version of General Tso’s Chicken – one of Scott’s favorites – using white meat, of course – but feel free to substitute with boneless, skinless dark meat :-)

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Feel free to substitute the chicken for thinly sliced lean pork or beef. For a vegetarian version, use extra firm tofu cut into cubes and vegetable broth.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic chili sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
1 pound boneless chicken meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon ginger, finely minced (or grated on rasp grater)
4 stalks green onion, chopped
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

1. In a bowl, make the General Tso sauce: Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic chili sauce, chicken broth, just 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch. Set aside.

2. In a wok or large sauté pan over high heat, add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli to the pan and cover. Steam for 2 minutes or until broccoli has turned bright green and is crunchy-tender (just shy of cooked through.) Remove broccoli from pan, drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking. Set broccoli aside. Empty water from wok or pan and dry well. Return wok or pan to stove.

3. In a medium bowl, add chicken, remaining 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, salt and pepper and stir to coat chicken evenly.

4. Heat the wok over high heat. When very hot, add cooking oil and swirl to coat. To get a nice crust on the chicken, you'll cook them in a single layer, giving them plenty of space to brown. Add half the chicken to pan in a single layer. Let cook undisturbed for 1-2 minutes, until the bottom of chicken is browned, flip chicken, cook until other side is browned. The chicken should be halfway cooked through - remove the half-cooked chicken pieces to a plate to set aside. As you take chicken pieces out, continually add in more of the raw chicken to the pan to cook.

5. When all the chicken have cooked, turn heat to medium. Let the pan cool a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients (so they don't burn). The pan should still have some cooking oil left from the chicken. To the pan, add the green onions, garlic and ginger . Stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Control your heat so that the ingredients don't burn.

6. Pour in the General Tso's sauce to pan and bring mixture to a simmer. Return the chicken and broccoli to the pan, toss and cook for 1 minute. The sauce should thicken and the chicken should be cooked through completely. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

 

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Kale Kumquat Salad http://steamykitchen.com/30289-kale-kumquat-salad-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/30289-kale-kumquat-salad-recipe-video.html#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:10:25 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=30289 Have you ever had a kumquat before? It’s a small little thing, and the way you eat a kumquat is somewhat counter-intuitive to any other citrus that you may be familiar with. First off, the skin is the sweetest part of the fruit – and thank goodness too – can you imagine peeling that tiny kumquat with a knife!? The ...

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Kale Kumquat Salad Recipe

Have you ever had a kumquat before? It’s a small little thing, and the way you eat a kumquat is somewhat counter-intuitive to any other citrus that you may be familiar with.

Kale Kumquat Salad Recipe

First off, the skin is the sweetest part of the fruit – and thank goodness too – can you imagine peeling that tiny kumquat with a knife!? The entire kumquat is edible, though I flick out the seeds. The thin skin is sweet with a slight bitter edge and there’s very little flesh involved on the inside.

This salad with sliced kumquat, fresh mushrooms and walnuts with a citrus vinaigrette was inspired by a stop at Los Angeles International Airport! Watch the video to find out what restaurant is a must-stop at LAX.

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time:
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Citrus dressing makes enough for recipe plus leftover for another day!

Ingredients:

FOR THE DRESSING
1/2 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or red wine, white wine vinegar)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oilFOR THE SALAD
1/2 pound kale, chopped, tough stems discarded
1/2 pound arugula
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup kumquats, thinly sliced and seeds removed
3/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

Make the salad dressing by combining the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid (like a mason jar) and shake well to combine.

Place the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Using massaging motion, rub the kale leaves together to break up and soften the kale.

To serve, toss kale with some of the dressing (I used about 1/4 cup of the dressing), nuts, mushrooms and kumquats.

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Satay Noodles and Greens http://steamykitchen.com/28957-satay-noodles-and-greens-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/28957-satay-noodles-and-greens-recipe-video.html#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:33:47 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=28957 What you’ll learn: Vegetarian noodle dish with Peanut Satay Sauce Recipe from Chef Dale Pinnock of The Medicinal Chef Cookbook 20 minute recipe, start to finish Satay is generally grilled meat on a skewer, served with a peanut-y dipping sauce on the side.  You know, something like this: or this: or this: Asian shish-kabob, right? Well, not this recipe! We’ve ...

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Satay Noodles and Greens Recipe

What you’ll learn:

  • Vegetarian noodle dish with Peanut Satay Sauce
  • Recipe from Chef Dale Pinnock of The Medicinal Chef Cookbook
  • 20 minute recipe, start to finish

Satay is generally grilled meat on a skewer, served with a peanut-y dipping sauce on the side.  You know, something like this:

or this:

or this:

Asian shish-kabob, right? Well, not this recipe! We’ve taken all the savory, nutty flavors of meat satay and made it a vegetarian noodle dish, with the help of my favorite cookbook of the year, The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock.

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If there’s one book to add to your wishlist, this is it. Dale’s philosophy about food is that it should not only nourish your stomach, but should also heal your body.

Satay Noodles and Greens Recipe

Each recipe is accompanied by a little chart to highlight ailments the ingredients can help.

Satay Noodles and Greens Recipe

In this instance, Satay Noodles and Greens Recipe with the peanut-y sauce is great for:

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With fresh greens that we picked from our garden, Asian dried rice noodles and a simply stir-together sauce, it’s an easy, filling and healthy meal.

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Recipe adapted from The Medicinal Chef: Eat Your Way to Better Health by Dale Pinnock.

Ingredients:

8 ounces dry rice noodles
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large leek
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 small green or red chili pepper, minced
4 handfuls shredded greens, such as cabbage, napa cabbage, bok choy and tatsoi
2 tablespoons hot water
4 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (or 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce + 1 tablespoon brown sugar)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt

Directions:

Soak the dry rice noodles in warm water for 5-8 minutes. In a bowl, whisk together the hot water, peanut butter, dark soy sauce, honey, five-spice powder, salt and set aside. We'll be only using the white part of the leek (compost or use the green part to make broth). Wash the leek very well, separating the layers a bit to rinse out any dirt. Very thinly slice the leek.

Heat the cooking oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium heat until just shimmering. Add the leek, garlic and chili pepper. Cook for 2 minutes (take care to not burn the garlic).

Add the shredded greens and continue to cook until they have softened slightly, about 1 minute. Turn heat to medium-high and add in the soy sauce mixture

Drain the rice noodles. When sauce begins to bubble a bit, add in the rice noodles and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the rice noodles are cooked.

Legend image reprinted with permission from The Medicinal Chef © 2013 Dale Pinnock, Sterling Publishing Inc. Co. Photography by Martin Poole.

 

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Kale Salad with Mushroom Omelet http://steamykitchen.com/28933-kale-salad-with-miso-mushroom-omelet-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/28933-kale-salad-with-miso-mushroom-omelet-recipe-video.html#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:01:02 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=28933 What you’ll learn: A healthy, hearty salad fit for a meal with warm mushroom omelet, crunchy walnuts, salty shavings of parmesan cheese How to transform tough, rough, thick raw kale into soft, buttery lettuce-like texture How to customize salad with different ingredients   I’ve just gotten back from a 48 hour jaunt to Los Angeles to shoot a video for ...

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What you’ll learn:

  1. A healthy, hearty salad fit for a meal with warm mushroom omelet, crunchy walnuts, salty shavings of parmesan cheese
  2. How to transform tough, rough, thick raw kale into soft, buttery lettuce-like texture
  3. How to customize salad with different ingredients

 

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I’ve just gotten back from a 48 hour jaunt to Los Angeles to shoot a video for my YouTube channel (Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies!) – it’s currently in the magical hands of a professional video editor over at Kin Community.

It’s fun what I can squeeze into a L.A. trip – my must-do’s include staying at the Hotel Erwin right in the heart of Venice Beach – the muscle men, surfers, roller bladers, strange cast of characters, and the gorgeous sunset are free entertainment outside my window. Another must is the downstairs restaurant, Barlo and their breakfast menu which includes Squash Benedict – “poached eggs|Cajun thyme squash pancake|avocado|hollandaise.”

Around the corner and across the street is Hama Sushi, one of the rare L.A. restaurants that have remained in business since I was a Californian (Go Bruins!) over 20 years ago. I managed to snag Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking for a spontaneous sushi dinner.

The very last “must” is embarrassingly at the airport. I know, I know, it sounds strange. But if you’ve ever flown Delta in/out of LAX, you might recognize Lemonade, a deli that I wish was in every single major airport. Heck, I wish I had one in my hometown. Calling itself “Seasonal Southern California Comfort Food,” they feature nearly 20 super-fresh salads at the bar. Some of my favs:  kale salad with mushrooms and kumquat vinaigrette | Butternut squash, radicchio, scotch bonnet sauce, sriracha pepitas | Sun chokes, fennel, orange, pickled red onions, hazelnut. Check out their menu.

I grab a to-go box and have them fill it up with 6 different salads, order a Watermelon-Rosemary Lemonade and get on the plane. I’m in my own little paradise in seat 19C.

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Oh gosh, I hope Joe has been to Lemonade before, otherwise would he be offended that I associated airport food with him?!

 

Secret Kale Tip!

I’ve modified his recipe to suit our family’s taste and size (serves 4 instead of 1) – and I urge you to try this salad with a new technique that I learned from Joe….massaging the kale.

Yes. MASSAGE YOUR KALE.

It transforms an otherwise tough, rough, chewy raw leaves into soft, silky, pleasant greens. Watch the video to see the difference!

 

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Servings: 5 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes
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Adapted from Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook by Joe Yonan. Of course, Joe's recipe was a recipe for 1 person, but I've changed the amounts to feed 4 people. This is a perfect salad as a meal!

The Lemon Chile Vinaigrette is AWESOME!!! We've been using this dressing recipe for the past month on nearly all of our salads. Recipe is for 1-cup - enough for this salad PLUS salads for the rest of week. All ingredients go into a mason jar - and then just shake-shake-shake! The recipe also includes a tablespoon of Japanese miso paste - which is a massive flavor boost of umami. However, it's not a must have ingredient in the recipe. Feel free to use or not.

Ingredients:

FOR THE SALAD
1 tablespoon miso paste (or 1 teaspoon soy sauce)
4 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped mushrooms of your choice
8 big handfuls chopped kale, tough stems discarded
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup unsalted chopped raw pecans or walnuts
3 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese

FOR THE LEMON-CHILE VINAIGRETTE: (makes about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon chile oil or chile sauce (optional)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Make the salad dressing by combining the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid (like a mason jar) and shake well to combine. Taste and add more salt as needed.
2. Whisk the miso paste with the eggs. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and swirl in the olive oil. Add in the mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes, or until mushrooms softened. Add in the egg and turn the heat to medium. Let cook for 2 minutes. Cover and let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until eggs are set.

3. While eggs are cooking, place the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Using massaging motion, rub the kale leaves together to break up and soften the kale.

4. When ready to serve, slice omelet in strips. Toss kale with some of the dressing (I used about 1/4 cup of the dressing), chopped nuts and Pecorino Romano cheese. Serve with omelet.

Reprinted with permission from Eat Your Vegetables by Joe Yonan, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Food Photography credit: Matt Armendariz © 2013

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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries http://steamykitchen.com/27925-sweet-and-sour-chicken-with-cherries-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27925-sweet-and-sour-chicken-with-cherries-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:32:26 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27925 Growing up in Nebraska, the closest family was nearly 8,000 miles away in Hong Kong and so our “family” was made of neighbors and co-workers of my Dad at the city utility offices. On the weekends, the adults would play cards, mah-jong (my parents taught everyone!) and have grand potlucks. We spent many weekends with one of Dad’s co-workers, Walt ...

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Growing up in Nebraska, the closest family was nearly 8,000 miles away in Hong Kong and so our “family” was made of neighbors and co-workers of my Dad at the city utility offices. On the weekends, the adults would play cards, mah-jong (my parents taught everyone!) and have grand potlucks.

We spent many weekends with one of Dad’s co-workers, Walt and his wife Alice, who had a lovely backyard full of fruit trees. They were an older couple and became Jay and my substitute “Grandma and Grandpa.” I remember vividly the massive netting contraption that Walt would drape over the majestic cherry tree once the fruit started ripening to prevent darting bird-theives from snatching the prized fruit.

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Every year in the summer, we’d be invited over for cherry harvesting, where the netting would be gently lifted off like a veil, revealing the layers and layers of branches holding bright red cherries ready for picking. The rest of the evening and days that followed were dedicated to pitting, pie-making and canning.

Walt and Alice both passed away long ago and I wonder if that cherry tree still stands? I’ve been temped to ask my parents for their old address to use Google Earth to peer into the backyard, but that thought just kinda creeped me out!

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This recipe, Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries is a tribute to Walt and Alice. When we first moved to the United States, they welcomed us into their home and we became part of their family. Alice taught Mom how to bake Cherry Pie, Mom taught her how to Chinese Egg Rolls. They babysat me and my brother so that my parents could go out on a date. Alice patiently read some of my very first children’s books to me and helped me learn English!

You can use either sweet or tart cherries with this recipe – this is a sweet and sour dish, so adjust the amount of honey or vinegar based on how sweet your cherries are. I love my Sweet and Sour Sauce – it’s a healthy version that uses orange juice for a nice fruity zing. If fresh cherries aren’t in your life right now, feel free to use another fruit – both fresh pineapple and mango work great. Oh, I’ve even used frozen, pitted cherries in the recipe with great results as well.

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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You can use either breast meat or thigh meat (or even thinly sliced pork). For a vegetarian version, substitute the meat with extra firm tofu cubes (still following the same recipe instructions)

If fresh cherries aren't available, use fresh pineapple or mango chunks. Also, frozen cherries work well too. Canned cherries are too sweet.

Ingredients:

6 ounces boneless chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
½ onion, cut into 1” chunks
1 ½ cups fresh cherries (2 handfuls), pitted and halved
1/2 red pepper, cut into 1” chunks
1/2 yellow pepper, cut into 1” chunksFor the Sweet and Sour Sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons white vinegar

Directions:

In a bowl, toss the chicken meat with the soy sauce and cornstarch.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce.

Heat a wok or saute pan over high heat. Swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. When hot, add in the marinated chicken. Spread chicken out all over the surface of wok in single layer. Let cook for 2 minutes, undisturbed, until browned. Flip chicken pieces and brown the other side, about 1 minute. Chicken should be browned but still uncooked in the middle. Remove chicken from wok and set aside.

Keep the wok on stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Swirl in the remaining cooking oil. When hot, add the onions and stir fry for 1 minute. Add in the cherries, red and yellow bell peppers. Stir fry for 2 minutes, until the bell peppers are cooked, but still colorful and crunchy.

Add the partially cooked chicken back into the wok and pour in the sweet and sour sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook an additional minute, or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Careful not to overcook the chicken!

 

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles http://steamykitchen.com/27510-chicken-satay-with-peanut-noodles-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27510-chicken-satay-with-peanut-noodles-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:28:31 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27510 It was just last week that I confessed to wasting a lot of food in my line of work during the process of recipe creating and testing. It’s horrible, I know, but at least you’ll have the comfort of knowing that each recipe IS tested and not just made up randomly in my head AND that the food scraps either go ...

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles and Cucumber Salad Recipe

It was just last week that I confessed to wasting a lot of food in my line of work during the process of recipe creating and testing. It’s horrible, I know, but at least you’ll have the comfort of knowing that each recipe IS tested and not just made up randomly in my head AND that the food scraps either go to the chickens or the worm compost. Believe me, the chickens and worms love it.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles and Cucumber Salad Recipe

However, I do have a solution for cutting down on buying too much grocery – The Fresh 20 by my friend, Melissa Lanz. Basically, it goes like this: Every week, The Fresh 20 will send you a grocery list of 20 fresh ingredients (i.e. vegetables, meat, seafood, fruit, dairy). With those 20 fresh ingredients and your pantry staples, you can make 5 meals to feed your family.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Genius, right? This plan eliminates the guesswork of “What’s for dinner?” and “What groceries to buy?”

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While the service is a monthly fee, the cookbook, with 80 recipes (that’s 5 recipes each week for 16 weeks) is on sale at Amazon for less than $20. The week that I chose included 20 fresh ingredients that made this Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles, along with:

Greek-Style Lamb Tacos with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce & Salad
Orange Jalapeño Shrimp with Broccoli and Brown Rice
Guacamole Tostadas with Fried Eggs
Lamb Penne with Simple Green Salad

There are options for Vegetarians and Gluten Free diets too. Easy peasy.

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Recipe adapted from The Fresh 20 Cookbook by Melissa Lanz.

Ingredients:

FOR THE CHICKEN SATAY
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cooking oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
freshly ground black pepper
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut evenly into bite-sized pieces
wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for at least 10 minutesFOR THE PEANUT NOODLES
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon finely minced red chile pepper
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup hot water
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
8 ounces spaghetti, cookedFOR THE CUCUMBER SALAD
1 medium cucumber, very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon finely minced red chile pepper

Directions:

For the chicken satay: In a non-aluminum container, combine all ingredients together. Marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or up to 24 hours. Heat the grill to medium-high. Skewer the chicken pieces on the soaked skewers and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken for 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Serve the chicken warm with the peanut noodles.

For the peanut noodles: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the oil, garlic and peppers and saute for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add the lime juice, honey, peanut butter, hot water and soy sauce and simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss the pasta with half the peanut sauce. Serve the remaining sauce for dipping the chicken satay.

For the cucumber salad: In a small bowl, toss the cucumber slices, vinegar, honey and peppers. Serve alongside the chicken satay and peanut noodles.

 

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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings http://steamykitchen.com/27003-sticky-asian-chicken-wings-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27003-sticky-asian-chicken-wings-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:21:58 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27003 Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you serve wings whole like I have in this recipe. Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings are incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy to eat, but ...

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Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you serve wings whole like I have in this recipe.

Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings are incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy to eat, but can be a little dry if you over cook them. The flat part is the most tender (especially the sliver of meat between the bones) but is a little fussy to eat.

The small flapper part, which gets discarded and ignored most of the time, is the little crispy treat that has the most flavor of all. Since it’s so thin and small, it tends to get caramelized the most – and nibbling the edge of the flap is so tasty.

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And lastly, because you and I have become friends, I’ll confess that my favorite part most of all (I know you’re saying, wait…there’s ANOTHER part!?) is the cartilage. Perhaps is my Asian heritage (we love to eat all sorts of strange animal parts), but the soft-yet-crunchy white bits that holds together each wing section is irresistible.

There. I’ve told you. It took me 4 months of dating Scott before I would let him see me eating the cartilage. The first time that I did, he was sitting across from me at Hooters, enjoying his plate of wings and beer.

“crunch. crunch. crunch.”

He looked up at me. “Are you eating the bone?”

When I told him, he just shrugged off my eccentricity and went back to eating.

That’s when I knew I was in love.

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These Sticky Asian Chicken Wings are a recipe from my friend, Heather Christo’s cookbook, Heather Christo’s Generous Table. You’ll love her – she’s funny, glamorous, laughs loud (like me!), and just such a happy presence.

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Take a look at her book – full of recipes that she makes together with her ADORABLE girls named Coco and Pia. These wings are everything that wings deserve to be – sticky, savory, sweet.

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon rice vinegar (substitute with red or cider vinegar)
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 stalk green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, with tips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the chicken wings. Set aside half of the sauce mixture to use later.

Toss the chicken wings in with the marinade in the large bowl to coat. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread the chicken wings in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until the wings are cooked through.

When the wings are done, toss with the reserved sauce mixture.

 

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Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs http://steamykitchen.com/27226-korean-kalbi-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27226-korean-kalbi-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:12:52 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27226   *I recently posted this recipe with the LG Oven Giveaway (hey, I’m giving away an oven!!!) and updated this recipe to include a video on how to make these yummy ribs. ~Jaden The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating ...

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*I recently posted this recipe with the LG Oven Giveaway (hey, I’m giving away an oven!!!) and updated this recipe to include a video on how to make these yummy ribs. ~Jaden

The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

That’s why we love making Korean food at home, but it also means that I have to modify ingredients and cooking methods a bit. You might be more familiar with Bulgogi, a popular Korean BBQ dish that features shaved rib-eye beef slices marinated in mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds. But the lesser known dish is Kalbi, or thinly sliced bone-in beef short ribs flavored in a similar marinade. Bulgogi and Kalbi are both cooked over an open flame – usually hot charcoal set in the middle of the table!

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I’ve modified the Kalbi recipe to use pork baby back ribs, since my grocery store doesn’t carry the short ribs cut like this. Regular beef short ribs that are available are too chunky and clunky to eat by hand. Baby back ribs are perfect – tender, flavorful and simple to cook.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Oh, and I’m not about to carve out the middle of my dining table to install a charcoal grill, so we’re going with a simpler technique – the oven.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

To avoid a big mess in your oven, use a roasting pan that’s at least 2″ tall and also use tin foil, which keeps the juices in with the ribs.

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 95 minutes
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Ingredients:

6-7 pounds baby back ribs
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white/cider vinegar)

Directions:

Heat oven the 375F.

(optional) Using a butter knife to pry it up, separate the membrane from the back of the ribs and discard.

Generously season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper. Wrap the ribs in foil, meaty side up and seal completely. Bake for 90 minutes.

To make the Korean Kalbi sauce, mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl.

After the ribs are cooked, remove from the oven and carefully open up the foil -- be careful of the hot steam! Slather 3/4 of the Korean Kalbi sauce on the tops of the ribs. Place the oven rack in the top third of the oven and heat the broiler to high.

Put the ribs back in the oven, foil still open, and broil until the sauce bubbles and carmelizes, about 3-5 minutes. Keep a watch on the ribs – it's so easy to burn them! Just before serving, pour the remaining Korean Kalbi sauce on top of the ribs.

 

 

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