To endure long and harsh winters, the people in Dongbei excel in cooking stews and soups that not only warm the body but also boost the mood […]
The bitter taste in mugwort can turn away many people. But for those of us who find bitterness a desirable element in balanced flavors, mugwort is a nice addition to the list of bitter and lovely vegetables, including arugula, cardoons, endives, dandelion […]
According to the tradition of the American South, eating a plate of black-eyed peas and greens (such as collard greens) in the New Year brings good luck, because the peas symbolize coins and the greens represent greenbacks.
This sounds a great idea to me, as good luck is always welcome. More important, they […]
Thankfully, the soup recipe repertoire I’ve built over the years come in handy, especially the ones that do not require a […]
After a series of holiday parties and family gatherings in November and December, it’s not uncommon for most people to feel overstuffed. That means January is a great time to adjust your diet to “detox”.
My go-to “detox” and feel-good dishes are usually tofu stews with vegetables. In fact, I make them […]
Pig’s feet, also known as trotters, are adored in many cuisines, including Southern cooking in the US. It’s easy to understand why: after a long simmer, they release gelatin to the cooking liquid, which adds richness to make a great stew or soup, or enhance the body of a quality stock.
The answer lies in three words: gelatin, fat, and emulsion. As the fish cooks, gelatin-producing parts of the fish, especially […]
Radishes are incredibly diverse and come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. Among my favorite ones are three unique varieties from China: the legendary China Rose, the strikingly beautiful Watermelon Radish, and Green Radish, star of today’s recipe.
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