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.
The mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes in the region provide abundant supply of wild games, fresh-water fish, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and a wide range of […]
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