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

African Peanut Soup

I think my mother introduced me to the African Peanut Soup at the Brushmark Restaurant at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Since my first exposure to peanut soup, I’ve tried many variations which include yams or sweet potatoes. The soup shares a history with the slave trade here in North America making it a notable contribution of African American cuisine. While I enjoy versions … Continue reading African Peanut Soup

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