Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

In talking about Japanese food culture, we cannot just simply reduce everything to the discussion of food. Placement, harmony within the home and the entire experience surrounding the meal all play an important role. Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Since green cabbage recipes are already well represented in Irish cuisine, and we already shared one in a previous post, I wanted to highlight one that is less well known – Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage. This brought back memories of eating a very similar dish back in my childhood, called “Rotkohl.”  Both my mother and grandmother would prepare this particular dish during the colder months of the year, usually served with potatoes and/or a small serving of meat.  Admittedly, as a child, this was not one of my favorite recipes, but as an adult, I rediscovered the benefits of cabbage in the form of coleslaw and even the sweet and sour variety of today’s recipe. Continue reading

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage

In all fairness, in writing this post, I have to point out that no one in our family is a big meat eater. Maybe it comes from having been vegetarian and vegan for so many years in the past. Along with a true concern for the startling conditions in which most commercial farm animals are raised. To be clear, we do eat meat, humanely raised, organic and hormone free, but certainly not very often. However, in the pursuit of wanting to learn more about all facets of Irish food culture, we decided that giving corned beef and cabbage a try at least once, was a necessity. That, and the fact that one of our favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, was sampling  a version of corned beef on our last shopping trip, which is fully cooked, gluten and nitrite free, and actually really delicious and simple to make. So, we took a chance and tried it. Continue reading

New Mexico Vegetable “Mock” Chili Enchilada

New Mexico Vegetable "Mock" Chili Enchilada

One of our neighbors introduced us to a non-vegetarian version of this dish. We loved the flavor of the spices she selected and wanted to make this in a vegetarian version to share with all of you. If your garden is offering an abundance of zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes, etc. this dish is perfect for highlighting any number of these vegetables in it. Continue reading

Curried Vegetable Medley

Curried Vegetable Medley

Owing to the fact that we have not posted anything for Meatless Monday movement in a while, we thought it would be nice to provide a quick recipe inspiration, something that is fast, easy, and has several different delicious ways of serving it.  Meatless Monday is encouraging everyone to exclude meat on at least one day of the week (Monday). We think this is fantastic and very easy for most people to follow. It is one small step you can take towards going green, becoming healthier, as well as helping the environment, all while exploring the many different delicious meat free dishes out there. Check out Meatless Monday’s website and let yourself be inspired by the many recipes contributed by participating food bloggers. Continue reading

Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast

Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast

As everyone is running around, trying to put the finishing touches on their holiday preparations, it is a good time to stop for a moment and remember what this time is all about. For many, it has simply been swept up in commercialism, only to be remembered for being the day before Black Friday,when everyone gets up at the crack of dawn and goes scurrying to the malls, and exactly one month before the Christmas holidays yet to come. Yikes! Just thinking about it makes me tired, no tryptophan induced turkey coma required!

Thanksgiving started out not as the busy extravaganza it has become, but instead as a time to reflect on all the special things in each of our lives that most of us too often take for granted. What are you thankful for this year? Friends, family, pets, wonderful food, the place that you live? Sometimes sitting across the table from the people that you care about most, sharing a meal can be enough. It is something that we should celebrate everyday. Continue reading

Coconut Crusted Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

Coconut Crusted Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

When you eat gluten free, as well as corn free, creating something like a breaded chicken, or fish recipe, becomes a bit more difficult. We created this recipe along time ago,  and it completely simulates the crunchy texture of standard  breading, minus the bread. The chicken turns out moist, and the coconut gives it a nice, slightly sweet flavor. Continue reading