Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots with Feta, Cranberries and Hazelnuts

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I’ve been making one variation or another of this roasted carrot salad for the better part of this year. What started as a fridge-cleaning experiment has become my go-to dish whenever I have people over for dinner. It’s super quick to throw together, and pretty easy on the eyes too.

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Coconut Curry Kabocha Squash Soup

IMG_3570Here’s a deliciously warming soup, easy enough to make on a weeknight after a long day at work. Super nutritious kabocha squash is simmered in coconut milk and spiced with garam masala along with some other good stuff. The result is a creamy and surprisingly filling soup, perfect for this sweater weather we’ve been having in Brooklyn.

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Brown Rice Jook with Shiitake Mushrooms

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I was really struggling last week. After finally succumbing to the relentless cold that has been plaguing the office (and all of New York City, it seems) for weeks, I took two days off. Sometimes, when you’re body is running on fumes, you just have to listen to it and slow down.

Growing up, whenever I felt under the weather my mom, grandmother and aunts were always armed and ready with an arsenal of random traditional Chinese remedies. There was always a specific cure for whatever ailed me at the time. Their repertoire included pungent antidotes like Tiger Balm (an old-school, Chinese Vick’s vapor rub on steroids) for when I was congested,  and “Dit Da Jao”, a soy sauce-colored herbal wine used to rub on my many bruises (I was a clumsy kid).

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Pomegranate “Jeweled” Brown Rice Pilaf

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Growing up, I was raised by a rotating crew of relatives while my parents worked. When it came to dinner, each family member had their own specialty. When I think about my mama (my grandmother on my dad’s side), I can remember her soy sauce braise chicken and shiitake mushrooms simmering on the stove top. My aunt favored lighter dishes, and often times made us steamed fish with scallion and ginger. I can vividly remember a period in my life when I ate pan fried pork chops at least three times a week when my gongong (grandpa on my mom’s side) lived with us.

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Shaved Mushroom and Fennel Salad

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If you ever find yourself in downtown Brooklyn, please do yourself a favor and do check out Gersi. It’s a cozy neighborhood restaurant that specializes in northern Italian fare. I’ll let you in on a secret: they have one of those idyllic little backyards that are secretly tucked away in nooks and crannies around south Brooklyn, perfect for summer nights and fair weather evenings.

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Healthy-ish Creamy Butternut Squash Rigatoni with Lemon and Arugula

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During the week, in order to keep my life from spinning out of control and maintain some semblance of routine and self-care, I’ll try my best to eat “healthy-ish”.

This is mainly done to counteract my weekends, which is an entirely different story thats often sang to the tune of laissez-faire indulgence and complete gluttony.

“Healthy-ish” to me used to mean eating take out sushi three times a week (what? Sushi is healthy…right?) After being continually shocked by my seamless bills month after month (those salmon rolls really add up), I’ve turned a leaf and have made a concerted to focus on nourishing myself through cooking and eating my own food.

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