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Attention, mushroom lovers and the shiitake-obsessed! I’ve got the perfect hearty meatless main dish for you using just simple and earthy ingredients. Fork-tender and juicy braised shiitake mushrooms are the stars here, paired with subtly sweet and delightfully crunchy baby bok choy. This umami-packed dish has a yin-yang perfect balance of both taste and texture, making it a treat for almost any palate. The best part? This dish is super easy to whip up, even on busy weeknights, and for time-strapped moms like me who are trying to conquer a culinary world.  The Significance of Braised Shiitakes This dish holds a…

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This fool proof recipe for miso glazed carrots combines sweet and umami flavors in a honey-miso-rice vinegar reduction. Even those who dislike carrots will be converted. Me being one of them! I used to pick out the carrots on my plate but if you make glazed carrots like this recipe, you’ll find me picking at your plate to eat them.  The glaze has a nutty and buttery richness, with the vinegar providing gentle acidity to counterbalance the honey’s sweetness. Meanwhile the miso introduces a savory depth and helps thicken the glaze to ensure it coats the carrots perfectly.  Miso and…

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Combine bok choy and shiitake mushrooms stir-fried in a garlic sesame sauce for a healthy vegetarian vegetable stir-fry recipe. If you like bok choy or just want to try out a simple bok choy stir-fry recipe, this is a simple one to try. We also like cooking with baby bok choy, which is smaller than full-sized bok choy, but has a similar taste and is virtually interchangeable with regular bok choy. It’s a bit more tender, so it needs slightly less cooking time. This bok choy and mushroom vegetable stir-fry recipe are both vegetarian and vegan. If you need it…

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Lifting the lid off a saucepan or a clay pot, you see succulent chicken bathing in a liquid symphony of savory and aromatic notes, and each saucy bite delivers a perfect balance of flavors. This is three-cup chicken, or san bei ji, a simple yet elegant one-pot dish perfect for a weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. My Filipino husband Jake and I first had three-cup chicken as a hotpot dish in a Taiwanese restaurant. He loved it and said it reminded him of chicken adobo. I knew I had to make my own three-cup chicken at home,…

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Tamagoyaki is the Japanese rolled omelet that is popularly served for breakfast, put in a bento (Japanese lunch box) as a side dish, or used as a filling in sushi. Tamagoyaki, literally meaning “grilled/fried egg,” is made by rolling together thin layers of seasoned egg in a frying pan. The flavors of tamagoyaki vary and different types of fillings can be added. Tamagoyaki is often seasoned with soy sauce and sugars, but nothing can beat the flavor of dashi. Dashi is very simple to make, but umami-rich kombu and katsuobushi give this stock wonderful rich flavors without overpowering the other ingredients. By adding dashi to the…

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