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Egg Drop Soup

If you like restaurant-style Chinese Egg Drop Soup, just know that you don’t have to go out to have it- it’s so super easy and quick to make that you don’t even have to stress much over making it. You probably have at least some of the ingredients already, like eggs. Plus, you should always … Read more

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

I love really good, authentic Chinese food- don’t you? As with all restaurants that aren’t committed to serving halal dishes, if you dine at one you’ll have to ask a zillion questions about the ingredients to find out if there are any questionable or clearly non-halal ingredients. If you only eat dhabiha (slaughtered according to … Read more

Thai Beef Curry Stew

This recipe comes from Derya Singhsumalee, a former teacher colleague of mine who is such a fun and interesting person.  She is very well-traveled, is of Turkish ethnicity and married to a man from a Thai Muslim family. In the school lunch room we used to talk quite a bit about cultural diversity and, of course, … Read more

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next … Read more

Icelandic Haddock in Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce

Unless you have an amazing Asian store nearby that sells fresh ingredients from the East, it’s pretty hard to find things like lemongrass, real coconut and interesting chili peppers to cook with, unfortunate because when combined they make for such an exotic and flavorful combination like what’s been prepared for us in one of the latest simmer sauces by Saffron Road that I’m going to show you how to use.

Icelandic Haddock in Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce

I happen to have several Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese grocers in the great city of Chicago that spoil me whenever I’m craving something exotic (to me) to cook, but even then it can be time consuming and somewhat costly to drag myself out and grab all the ingredients I don’t normally have on hand.

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French Beans with Garlic, Cumin and Toasted Sesame

French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They’re light, go well with most foods and make me feel content that I’m getting a healthy vegetable on my plate. I usually make them Italian style with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil, but this time I opted to satisfy my craving for something Asian.

I had some lovely fresh garlic, sesame seeds that were already toasted, ground cumin, and plenty of good toasted sesame oil.  Other than the beans, this is all you really need to make the dish. I think a bit of fresh ginger would be nice, too.

It’s a super-quick side dish to any meal and perfect for late weeknights when you’re in the mood to smell wonderful scents coming from you kitchen. It’s good relaxation cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need to get there:

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