Dress a Salad the Easy Way!

Naked SaladWhen I was growing up, we had a salad with dinner every night.  Even if we were having another vegetable, we would always have a fresh salad that my mom would dress with delicious oil and vinegar. I don’t know how we got started doing it, but we would always dress it directly in the bowl.  Without measuring.  It is the best salad dressing I have ever had.

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Recipe Duo: Lemon Orzo with Tomato & Asparagus

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad 1I love a good pasta salad, and this one is is a favorite of mine. There are a ton of variations of this particular salad floating around the food blogs, but the basic ingredients are orzo, grape tomatoes, asparagus, and lemon.  I add arugula for extra volume and a bitter bite.  But even though it is simple, this salad is special.

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Miso-Ginger Roasted Root Vegetables

Miso-Ginger Roasted Root Veggies 1Roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables.  I rarely cook vegetables any other way.  I usually just drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and then roast at 400 until they are done to my liking.  Super simple.  But sometimes I want something a little different.

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Review of Mande’s Korean Inspired Tacos, plus Chili Lime Corn Recipe

Korean Pork TacosMy lovely friend from grad school, Mande, is one of my biggest blogging inspirations.  She blogs over at Klein Dot Co, and her bubbly personality comes through in every post. She takes amazing pictures and shares family-friendly recipes and crafts on her blog, and she does great themed posts like Taco Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday.  I wish I could be that organized!

I was on Pinterest when her post on Korean Inspired Pork Tacos caught my eye. We are not big meat-eaters, but I can’t resist fusion cooking, so I pinned it on my TO DO: Summer board. I made them recently, and man they were good! They definitely made a quick move to my YUM board! Continue reading

Simple Vegetable Tempura

Tempura and Sushi

Tempura is the perfect partner for sushi. Learn how to roll your own sushi in my series of posts titled “D.I.Y. Sushi” coming out next week!

One of my mom’s favorite Japanese dishes is shrimp tempura. What’s not to love? Tempura is deep fried seafood or vegetables served with a dipping sauce. Crispy. Salty.  Perfect for an appetizer or as part of a bento box. Oh so yummy.

Every time we go to a Japanese restaurant, my mom orders shrimp tempura, and she has even started to make it at home. My mom is a good cook, but she is not that into actually cooking, so I was surprised she attempted this.  It seemed so laborious.  She assured me, however, that making tempura at home is easy. Continue reading