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HOT AND SOUR SOUP

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HOT AND SOUR SOUP

My ode to Chinese New Year begins with the most welcoming of dishes - the classic 'hot & sour' soup. Though you can certainly add chicken, pork or whatever you like, I've made this with only shiitakes & tofu... but you won't miss the meat, trust me.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces firm tofu, cubed into a medium dice
  • 4 Shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili paste
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS

  1. In medium saucepan bring chicken broth to a boil
  2. Add mushrooms, tofu & chili paste - let boil a couple minutes
  3. Stir in soy, vinegar and pepper - mix well
  4. In small bowl mix corn starch & water until smooth, and stir into the broth
  5. Simmer 5 minutes until broth thickens, then turn off heat
  6. While stirring broth in a circular direction (take your pic) pour in the egg from several inches above the pot in a very slow stream to create ribbons
  7. Serve - Gung Hay Fat Choy!
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Homemade Hummus

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Homemade Hummus

Doesn't get much better than this.


Doesn't get much better than this.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 1 - 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve the liquid)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Paprika
  • Pita

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a food processor with the metal ‘S’ blade, add garlic and lemon juice
  2. Process about 1 minute, until garlic is minced then scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula
  3. Add tahini, garbanzo beans and cumin
  4. Continue to process another 2 to 3 minutes - add reserved liquid until hummus is relatively smooth and scoop into a serving bowl
  5. Make it pretty with a little parsley, a good drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of  paprika
  6. Serve with pita bread/chips, vegetables...whatever your heart desires
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Sriracha Popcorn

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Sriracha Popcorn

Everything for the Super Bowl can't be a fatty dip kinda thing - not that there's anything wrong with that. So here's a simple popcorn you can make last minute that will make everyone happy. 


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