Chinese Chicken and Dumplings

I enjoy a warm bowl of North American chicken and dumplings as winter time comfort food, but most versions tend to be bland. I added common Chinese spices to add depth: garlic, ginger, star anise, whole cloves, and a touch of soy sauce. Continue reading Chinese Chicken and Dumplings

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Spicy Shrimp and Coconut Rice

The shrimp and peppers packed a punch, so I served them over a buttery, slightly sweetened coconut rice finished with fresh cilantro, sliced scallions and the acidic juice of a lime wedge to balance all of the flavors. Continue reading Spicy Shrimp and Coconut Rice

Pâté de Campagne 

I’ve been reading the lyrical writing of Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking this week. Published in 1960, the book describes David’s experience of food in the provinces of France away from the bright lights and big kitchens of Paris. English by birth, David fell in love with the cookery of the countryside in her formative years. She describes the post-World War II French food scene … Continue reading Pâté de Campagne 

Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Countless variations of Asian-themed  lettuce wraps exist. I created this recipe based on ingredients already in my kitchen along with a few others for which I shopped. This dish is light, low-carb, and paleo. If pork is not your thing, try ground chicken or tofu crumbles instead. Other fresh ingredients are possible as additions or substitutions. This dish can be a satisfying dinner or an … Continue reading Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps