Mushroom Miso Soup with Ground Turkey


If you’ve been to a Japanese restaurant, you might have had some miso soup. It’s one of my favorites: exotic yet warm and comforting. It’s the perfect appetizer before digging into some sushi. My husband and I went to a Japanese restaurant for our first date. I’d never had sushi before but he convinced me to give it a try. We fell in love over miso soup and raw fish. Now ever … [Read more...]

Fruit-Stacked Sticks


This is my kids’ absolute favorite dessert, even more than candy and ice cream. It is way more than just fruit on a stick. We like to make these in the summer, especially when we grill outside. It’s perfect for breezy summer evenings when the sun has finally set and it’s not quite as hot. My husband throws some burgers on the grill while I make the syrup. Then I let the fruit … [Read more...]

Czech Squares


Czech Squares   Print Serves: 24 Ingredients 1 cup walnut pieces ¾ cup granulated sugar 2½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ⅛ teaspoon ground clove Pinch fine salt 1½ sticks butter, diced and slightly chilled 5 large egg yolks 2 tablespoons brandy Filling 1 cup cherry jam ½ … [Read more...]

Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls


It’s no secret that I love exotic food. Japanese food is probably my favorite, but I also love Chinese food. Spring rolls are a favorite of many, but they seem so intimidating to make. Back when my husband and I first got married, we ordered Chinese take out probably once a week. But of course, that kind of habit adds up, both for the wallet and for our health. I challenged m … [Read more...]

Black Bean Guacamole


I was in a panic this morning. We had guests coming over and I didn’t know what to serve them for an appetizer. Luckily, I had this recipe up my sleeve and ran to the store for a few things. With a little bit of effort, I had a fresh, tasty dip to serve with some tortilla chips and it was a hit! It was perfectly creamy and chunky in the best ways, with a little bit of spice t … [Read more...]