Tea is one of the oldest beverages in the world. There are five main types of tea, but over 3,00 total varieties, and whether you’re an avid tea lover or just love a good cup of tea, the thought of deciding on which of these is the best for you can be daunting, if not downright frightening. Just how do you find YOUR perfect cup of tea?… Read the rest
Summer’s here folks, and it’s hot. Way too hot for the oven, or for heavy soups and stews. Yep, summer calls for something you can toss on the grill while you keep in the shade.… Read the rest
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It’ Summer. For the kids, that means time to relax, play games or hang out with friends. It’s a time for staying up late and sleeping in. Summer is about letting go of the pressures of school life and just having the chance to express the children that they are inside.… Read the rest
When it’s hot outside you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen putting a meal on the table. You want to sit back, relax and eat. Enter zaru somen (Literally: basket noodles.) Chilled Japanese noodles, a delightfully light and mild sauce to dip them in, and some refreshing, crisp green onions make this the perfect dish for a hot afternoon or evening.… Read the rest
Mentsuyu is a Japanese soup base used most often for soba and udon noodle dishes. (The name literally means noodle sauce) It’s name is a little misleading, though. Mentsuyu is a base sauce and like any base, it’s used for just about anything in Japanese cooking. With just a few additions here and there. I actually used it as glaze for a chicken earlier today, and it was crazy good.… Read the rest
Maybe not so much a recipe as a concept, these chocolate dipped cookies with peanut sprinkles are sure to take any normal afternoon and make it pretty darned special. They’re simple to make. Just some melted chocolate, some cookies of your choice and some chopped peanuts. It’s what happens when you bring these things together that makes magic.
Another serious plus to these is that little fingers can quite happily help in either the dipping or in sprinkling the nuts.… Read the rest
So you need some melted chocolate for a recipe, or just fur dipping strawberries in. Great. Time to bust out a double boiler or other contraption, right? Nope. I’m going to show you how to melt chocolate in a microwave step-by-step. It’s not the best method for making candies, but it’s great if all you need is some ooey-gooey melted chocolate.… Read the rest
Lazy Sunday mornings call for time with the people closest to you. For taking in a little peace, and of course good food and drinks. One of the best ways I know of to finish off brunch with family or friends is by sipping on a classic Bloody Mary. It’s iconic, refreshing and, if you happen to be feeling a little under the weather from a late Saturday, helps clear the fog a bit.… Read the rest
Guys, I’m seriously stoked about this post for several reasons. First, I’ve been wanting to share my wife’s insane turkey burger recipe with you for a very long time, and now I get to. Second, we got to make it on an awesome grill provided by Char-Broil.… Read the rest
So you’ve googled “chicken wings recipe” and now you’re overwhelmed. Everything that pops up is spicy as heck or difficult to make. If you’re looking for a sure-fire crowd-pleaser for your next game day event or movie party, look no further, you’ve found it. Our sesame-apricot chicken wings will wow you for sure, and they couldn’t be simpler.
Moist, succulent chicken glistening with a sticky, sweet, tangy apricot glaze and speckled with toasted sesame seeds for a bit of texture.… Read the rest
Dashi is one of the fundamental ingredients in Japanese cooking. It’s used as both a tea and the base for hundreds, if not thousands of recipes in Japan. Dashi stock is so common, in fact, that most written recipes that call for it simply state, “add dashi”. The assumption is that everyone already knows how to make it, or has it on hand at all times (Kind of like chicken broth in America.).… Read the rest
If you’re looking for a quick and painless weeknight meal that goes together easily but still packs in a serious dose of wow factor, this is it. Our Japanese rice and chicken stuffed bell peppers fit the bill ever time. Prep takes just minutes, it cooks in about a half-hour, and you can make it with leftovers. (Yes, leftovers.)
This dish is a twist on several recipes that I know, and is the sort of thing that you’d be likely to find in a bento, or Japanese box lunch.… Read the rest
Orange Chicken is a favorite at take-out Chinese restaurants no matter where you live. There’s just something magical about those crispy little morsels of battered chicken bathed in a cloyingly sweet orange glaze. But if you happen to be gluten-intolerant or you’re on a GF diet, you’ve probably written this childhood favorite off as a loss. You don’t have to. This is a version anyone can enjoy.… Read the rest
Ranch dressing is the number one seller in America. This Texas-based dressing recipe is good on everything from leftover pizza to broccoli at dinner. It’s wonderful for dipping chips or as a condiment on a chicken sandwich. Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is so easy that you’ll be kicking yourself for buying it in stores all these years.
Are you ready for the big secret?… Read the rest
It happens to all of us. You start prepping everything to make a tasty meal for your family only to discover that you’re missing one key ingredient. for me, it happened yesterday, when I set out to make a batch of ranch dressing, only to find that I’d forgotten to grab buttermilk at the store. Luckily, there is a simple buttermilk substitute available to everyone, and it’s almost guaranteed that you have both of the ingredients on-hand in your kitchen.… Read the rest
When you’re heading for breakfast, where you are is important. Alaska has reindeer sausage. Chicago has the blintz. Californians love their breakfast burritos. New Mexicans argue about red or green chile sauce, no matter what the dish is. But in Texas, the breakfast taco reigns supreme, and today I have the perfect breakfast taco recipe for you.
To be more specific, this is San Antonio’s favorite breakfast taco recipe, the bean and cheese taco, a staple for almost every San Antonian I know.… Read the rest
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The kids are back in school and we’re all looking for ways to pack them a wholesome, nutritious lunch that will satisfy their usually voracious appetites. Of course it would be ideal if those lunches were all organic, free range, grass fed and other buzzword approved, all while made from scratch by your own loving hands, but there’s something most of the advocates of that particular methodology don’t stop to consider.… Read the rest
(Formerly 10 Juices and Smoothies to Boost Your Energy)
There are times when you just need to boost your energy. You’re worn out, tired, jet lagged or maybe like too many of us, you just didn’t get enough sleep last night. For whatever reason, you need a jolt to the system, but you’d prefer that it didn’t come from a can or a shot-glass sized bottle. … Read the rest
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Bloggers work very hard to make sure that the most important people in the world, their readers, get high-quality content, great entertainment, or maybe just a good laugh.… Read the rest