Braised Bok Choy

Braised Bok Choy Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon unhulled sesame seeds 8 baby bok choy or 3 regular bok choy 1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or low sodium soy sauce 2 cups coarsely chopped shiitake mushrooms 2 large cloves garlic, chopped, optional Instructions: Lightly toast sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat for 3 minutes, shaking pan frequently. Set aside. […]

Adding Adzuki Beans to the Menu

Adzuki beans (Vigna angularis) are also known as adsuki, azuki, asuki, aduki, chi dou or hong xiao dou (Mandarin), feijao, field peas, red oriental beans, and ‘Tiensin red beans. They share their genus with black eyed peas, black grams, and mung beans. All of these legumes belong to the family Fabaceae, along with  fava beans, edible-pod and mature peas, soybeans, common beans (green snap […]

Helping Yourself to Jicama

Jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus), also known as Mexican turnip, Mexican yam, Mexican potato, Mexican yam bean, ahipa, saa got, Chinese turnip, lo bok, and the Chinese potato, belongs to the family of Fabaceae, along with common beans (green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, Great Northern beans, black turtle beans, kidney beans, and navy beans), edible-pod and mature peas, fava beans, black-eyed peas, adzuki […]

Appreciating Apricots

Apricots (Prunus armeniaca), are fruits of the genus Prunus, which includes plums, peaches, cherries,  nectarines, and almonds. They all belong to the Rosaceae family, along with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, quinces, apples, pears, and ornamental trees and shrubs (such as roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns). Apricot cultivation began in China over 4,000 years ago. An archaeological excavation of a temple at […]

Warming up With Great Northern Beans

Great Northern beans are a variety of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). They share their species with green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, kidney beans, black turtle beans, cranberry and borlotti beans, flageolet beans, pea beans, pink beans, other white beans, and yellow beans. These beans, along with corn (maize), and squash were the “three sisters” of Native American cuisine. Common beans share the genus Phaseolus with […]

Checking out Chia Seeds

Chia (Salvia hispanica) belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which includes basil, beebalm, giant hyssop, ground ivy, lavender, marjoram, oregano,  perilla, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, skullcap, spearmint, thyme, and wild bergamot. The family also (surprisingly) includes coleus and teak. Humans began using chia seeds around 3500 BC. They were domesticated in what is now Mexico by about 2600 BC. Chia seeds were a staple food […]