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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Japanese-Style Coleslaw


On my recent trip to Japan, I noticed two big trends in salads. First, ginger sesame dressing was by far the most popular salad dressing. And, second, finely shredded raw cabbage was everywhere: mixed into salads, served as a side dish, used as a garnish. As soon as I came home I came up with my own version of the delicious dressing, and it seemed only natural to eat it with a cabbage-based salad.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Japanese-Style Ginger Sesame Dressing


On my recent trip to Japan I encountered the most delicious dressing. It was a bit thicker than a vinaigrette, creamy and complex, featuring ginger and sesame prominently in the flavor profile. Almost every restaurant I visited served some version of this dressing and it was included with every prepared salad I bought for train rides and picnics. This is my attempt to recreate it.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Raspberry Fudge Brownies with Urfa Biber


This Mother's Day, treat mom to something special, like these fruity and fudgey brownies. They have a bit of heat because I added some urfa biber, a dried Turkish chili pepper. Spicy, sweet and smokey, it pairs as well with dark chocolate as it does with raspberries.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spicy Pork Meatballs With Lemongrass, Lime, and Cilantro


These spicy little meatballs are full of Thai flavors: lemongrass, scallions, lime, peanuts, mint, cilantro, and more.

I like to dip them in sauce and wrap them in lettuce leaves. They could be served as an appetizer, alone or speared onto cucumber rounds, on top of a salad, or in a soup with tender leafy greens.