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Yogurt, Homemade + Greek Yogurt

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Though we’re back to cold rainy days next week, at least someone got the memo about it being the first day of spring today.  Oh sunshine, won’t you stay? For the following weeks, whether the weather decides to cooperate or not, I’ve planned an arsenal of fresh and light recipes for y’all, starting with my [...]

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Barley Tea 보리차

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When I was younger, I didn’t understand why we were always drinking roasted barley tea instead of water.  We always had gigantic jugs of it in the fridge and when we’d have supper, we’d often get hot barley tea.  Sometimes, we’d even have rice soaked in barley tea for breakfast and it got to the [...]

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Korean Soybean Sprouts Side Dish Recipe 콩나물무침

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Growing up, we always had fresh soybean sprouts in the refrigerator.  So commonplace was it that I barely noticed its presence.  I figured it was as typical as the water we drank.  It wasn’t until I got older that I realized the special place that soybean sprouts reserved for the Korean table.  It’s an everyday [...]

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Seaweed Miyeokguk Soup 미역국

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I didn’t always have a birthday cake but this Korean birthday soup was always at the party. Additionally, nursing mothers also swear by it because it’s so nourishing and comforting. The seaweed used here is called by several names, whether it be sea plant, sea mustard, wakame, or miyuk but despite its multi-tasking abilities, it [...]

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Korean Chicken & Ginseng Soup 삼계탕

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In the Carolinas, it will literally be sunny and 70 one day then icy and chilly the next.  A few weeks ago, it felt like Spring and the very next day it snowed-true story.  On those select chilly days, there’s nothing quite like this Korean chicken & ginseng soup.  It possesses restorative properties and comforts [...]

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Paleo Brownies

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What is paleo?  A primal diet including whole foods of wild plants/animals while excluding grains, legumes, dairy, sugar or refined oils. With the new year, comes new resolutions and a wise man once told me that moderation is the key {applying to more than just diets}.  These are revamped with healthy additions, making them paleo [...]

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Kabocha Squash Porridge

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Growing up, this was one of my mama’s favorite soups.  When the leaves began to fall, you could bet that a big pot of this would be simmering away on the stove top.  I didn’t really appreciate it then {opting for more conventional and boring soups of the chicken noodle variety} but now, I can’t [...]

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Chai Tea

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One of my favorite things about Autumn is the cozy blanket of spice and warmth, not just provided by a pair of fuzzy socks but from the wealth of spices that nature has to offer.  A steaming mug of chai is the perfect swirling mixture that is just enough familiarity wrapped up in the novelty [...]

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds {Extra Crispy}

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As promised, today I bring to you a recipe for those pumpkin seeds. Never to be destined for the compost again, there’s a sure fire way to light, crispy {and easily digestible} roasted pumpkin seeds. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds {Extra Crispy}   Save Print Author: The Squishy Monster Ingredients Seeds from 1 *sugar* pumpkin 1 tb [...]

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Mango Dressing

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    Plus, my awesome weekend of eats! 2 days of rainbows, certainly a good omen. Open-faced tomato sandwiches from our garden for breakfast.   Recipe to follow   Lime & basil marinated chicken, homemade creamed corn, and wilted spinach. Lobster ravioli.   Spicy cajun shrimp.   Sirloin & étouffée {what a power combo}! A [...]

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