Creamy Gochujang Noodles

Creamy Gochujang Noodles

Creamy Gochujang Noodles

In the mid-2000s, Korean street food vendors took cues from the Italian pasta dish penne alla vodka by introducing heavy cream into their traditional tteokbokki.

Tteokbokki is a popular stir-fried rice cake snack that is simmered in a spicy-sweet gochujang sauce. Gochujang is a Korean red chili paste with sweet heat and a fermented umami richness. The addition of cream results in a distinctive rosy color, hence the moniker “rosé tteokbokki.”

My previous Korean-French fusion salmon dish, a Creamy Gochujang Braised Salmon, blended those same spicy and creamy elements. This Korean-Italian fusion noodle dish also wows with a delicious fruitiness, slight smokiness and depth of flavor from the sun-dried Korean red peppers in the paste.

Bucatini stands in as an interesting alternative for rice cakes because of its wonderfully chewy quality. Handmade bronze dies give the pasta a fabulous coarse, sauce-absorbing surface, perfect for soaking up all those spicy-sweet-creamy-umami flavors that rosé tteokbokki is famous for…

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Two Vegetarian Hominy Soups

Hominy Soup

Two Vegetarian Hominy Soups

Pozole Verde
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Velvety Hominy Soup

Vegetarian pozole verde offers a delightful departure from the traditional Mexican hominy stew typically featuring pork or chicken. This meatless rendition successfully preserves the lively flavors and comforting warmth that characterize classic pozole.

The heart of this dish lies in its rich green broth, which is made by roasting fresh tomatillos, green chiles, onion, and garlic. This roasted blend is then pureed with cilantro, oregano, and cumin resulting in a zesty and herbaceous base that forms the backbone of the vegetarian pozole verde.

Hominy contributes a pleasing corn-infused chewiness to the stew, while meaty avocado chunks replace the role of traditional meat. Lots of various toppings add flavors, textures, and colors.

The beauty of preparing a big pot of vegetarian pozole verde is the possibility of leftover soup and toppings, providing the chance to reimagine them into a completely new rendition which retains the essence of the original flavor profile but evolves into a unique soup with a creamy and velvety texture.

Hominy Soup

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Lima Bean and Sauerkraut Soup

Lima Bean and Sauerkraut Soup

Lima Bean and Sauerkraut Soup

It isn’t the prettiest soup, but it sure is unique and flavorful and perfect for a cold weather meal. With plenty of sauerkraut left over from my Reuben Latkes, this Sauerkraut Soup was on the menu!

Sauerkraut soup, also known as kapuśniak in Polish, is a traditional Eastern European dish that features fermented cabbage as a key ingredient.

Kapuśniak typically contains a variety of vegetables such as carrots, onions, and potatoes. These vegetables add sweetness and depth to the soup. Instead of potatoes, this version features plump large lima beans. A good source of protein and fiber – large lima beans have a creamy texture, and a slightly sweet, buttery flavor.

Smoked sausage or kielbasa are often added to sauerkraut soup too, but this one is intentionally meatless. It’s a great comfort food, and many variations of the recipe exist, allowing for personal preferences and regional differences.

Dill is popular in Polish cuisine – bright and grassy, herbaceous and aromatic, fresh dill enhances the overall sensory experience of soup. And here, a generous dollop of sour cream balances out the sauerkraut. Homemade artisan bread with butter is the perfect accompaniment for dunking in the savory sour broth.

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Summer Squash Salad with Burrata

Summer Squash Salad with Burrata

Summer Squash Salad

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Zucchini and Yellow Crookneck Squash
Burrata, Radish, Lemon, Red Chile, Pistachios, Edible Flowers

Sometimes it’s nice to serve a salad sans lettuce. Here, bountiful and seasonal summer squash step in for the ubiquitous mixed lettuces. Fresh and light, the salad is dressed simply with lemon juice and good olive oil.

Thinly sliced radish adds crunch and peppery notes, while cilantro leaves add the herbal character. A ball of burrata makes the salad fabulous with its mozzarella milky, grassy, floral notes and oozy creamy center. A few edible flowers make this salad even more summery.

Summer Squash Salad with Burrata

Summer Squash Salad with Burrata Recipe

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Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

Fried Seasoned Cauliflower Florets
Roasted Hatch Chile & Roasted Corn Salsa
Shredded Cabbage, Charred Corn Tortillas, Pickled Red Onion
Cilantro, Edible Flower Petals, Baja White Sauce

Sometimes a vegetarian taco just hits the spot. Especially if it is made with crispy seasoned cauliflower and smothered in Hatch chile & corn salsa. These tacos are fantastico! They’re crispy, crunchy, fresh, spicy, herby, charred, creamy, tangy, colorful, and mighty tasty. Don’t wait ’til Taco Tuesday to give them a try!

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

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