Togarashi Roasted Zucchini

Togarashi (also known as nana-iro togarashi, or shichimi togarashi) is one of the most common spice blends in Japanese cooking, and with good reason! This seven-spice blend dates back to at least the 17th century, and it contains red pepper, Japanese pepper, orange peel, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, ginger, and seaweed. You can just imagine… Continue reading Togarashi Roasted Zucchini

Better Than Takeout Lo Mein

I come from a family of noodle fanatics, and lo mein has always been a favorite option for us. (Seriously, that’s what I always get my mom for her birthday dinner!) Those chewy noodles are irresistible when they’re combined with a savory sauce and yummy veggies! There are a couple distinct differences between lo mein… Continue reading Better Than Takeout Lo Mein

Tteokbokki (Spicy Korean Rice Cakes)

This Korean dish is almost as fun to say as it is to eat! Tteokbokki has been a favorite Korean dish since at least the 19th century, when it was included in the historic Siuijeonseo cookbook. Early versions consisted of chewy rice cakes (called tteok) cooked with a savory soy-based sauce, and it routinely involved… Continue reading Tteokbokki (Spicy Korean Rice Cakes)

Miso Quinoa Fried Rice

Even though there are distinct differences between rice and quinoa, it’s actually pretty easy to substitute one for another in a number of recipes. Fried rice is one tasty, tasty example of that! Quinoa absorbs flavor beautifully through the steaming process, so it’s a great time to incorporate the uniquely umami flavor of miso. Miso… Continue reading Miso Quinoa Fried Rice