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Strawberry Cream Cake

When you head to a North Carolina farmer’s market during April or May, you’re faced with rows and rows of stands lined with big buckets of delicious strawberries. There are plenty of healthy ways to enjoy strawberries like eating them plain and putting on them on salads. But let’s face it, this fruit also makes wonderful desserts, and preserves!

One way to use up some of those preserves right away is by incorporating them into your baking. This Strawberry Cream Cake is a mighty, decadent cake that gives you a strawberry taste without adding artificial flavoring.

Feeling indulgent? Read on, friend.

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Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free/ Korean - Asian/ Recipes/ Small Bites/ Vegetarian

Mild Asian Cucumber Salad

We make a spicy, Korean cucumber salad (cucumber kimchi – but it’s fresh and not fermented) very often in our home and oftentimes when we host a dinner. However, it’s not always a hit with everyone because it is full of gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) and not all taste buds can handle it. Especially little taste buds!

That’s why I made this mild version for my kids, but it would also be suitable for any dinner guest who prefers not to eat spicy foods. It’s very similar to the original recipe and full of flavor, but just omits some of the ingredients. Continue Reading…

Gluten-Free/ Main Course/ Recipes/ Turkish - Mediterranean

Shrimp Casserole with Feta Cheese (Shrimp Güveç)

A very common dish in Turkish restaurants, shrimp güveç is a shrimp casserole baked in a tomato base with vegetables, and typically topped with melted cheese. It’s name comes from the small dish that it’s cooked in – a güveç is a small clay pot typically holding 1-2 servings. But if you don’t have a güveç, it’s not a problem! In fact, it’s easier to just cook it all in a big dish and eat it family style. Continue Reading…

Dairy-Free/ Korean - Asian/ Main Course/ Recipes

Doenjang Jjigae with Scallops, Sweet Potato & Summer Squash

Ever heard of doenjang (된장)? It’s a fermented soy bean paste commonly used in Korean cooking. Is it like Miso, you may ask? While they have similar traits, doenjang has a more intense flavor. It’s quite salty, so you won’t have to add any additional salt to your dish especially if you’re using it in a stew.

Doenjang jjigae (jjigae means stew) is a meal you’ll find in many Korean households that takes on numerous  forms with various vegetables and proteins. There are so many ways to make doenjang jjigae to your liking! Continue Reading…