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Congee : Digestive Healer

on Sun, 10/16/2011 - 09:30

Congee is by far one of the most prevalent examples of medicinal cooking's marriage with commonplace kitchen knowledge in Chinese and Asian culture(s) at large (in Thailand it's Khao Tom, in Japan it's Zohsui or Kayu, in Korea it's Jook/Juk, and so on) ....

Blue Potatoes - Happy 4th of July!

on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 03:30

As the 4th of July weekend approaches (or for those not in the U.S., perhaps a warm weekend of barbecues?), consider the blue potato. Some time ago I wrote about the potato in all it's simple glory.

(Happy 2011!) Butternut Squash Soup with a Hint of Spice

on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 03:30

Yellow and sweet. The color and taste which treat the digestive system in Chinese Medicine.

Winter Hash

on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 20:30

If you live anywhere near where I do and are beginning to feel the effects of the wind, cold, dryness, and lack of sun, then you are likely in need of something warm, nourishing, and colorful on your plate! Immediately.

Soups, Salads, and Spring

on Sun, 04/11/2010 - 20:30

Now that Spring is arriving, it's time to lighten the food load a bit, and increase your fresh vegetable and fruit intake. However, it is still incredibly important to avoid going all raw and salad-crazy just because the weather is warmer.

When All You Can Eat is a Potato

on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 20:30

Potatoes are an often underrated healing source of food.

Breakfast in the Winter: Cold vs. Warm

on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 20:30

Since returning from warm and sunny Thailand where having a plate of cool papaya or juicy pomelo for breakfast made sense, I began to flounder on what to nosh on in the (incredibly) cold mornings here in Chicago.

Ending on a Sweet Note (Happy 2010!)

on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 17:30

Another year is rolling into it's final days (at least for those going by the Georgian calendar, because in Thailand according to the Buddhist calendar it is 2553 for a little while longer and that's where we're going!). In any case all this has

Tis' the Season.. for a Detox

on Tue, 12/15/2009 - 16:30

Tis' the season for a little .... detox. Heavy foods, lots of imbibing, and a constant parade of opportunities for the two makes for a sometimes great desire to detox.

If You Get Stuffed Too

on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:30

Thanksgiving is going to swoosh in (at least for those of us here in the U.S.) and knock all our bellies out. Just a quick note, this posting will be relevant to anyone about to indulge in a culinary feast: it could be post Ramadan, post Lent, post any fasting-then-indulging moments. Not that Thanksgiving involves any preemptive fasting, it is mainly just indulging and yes..being thankful (that your belly doesn't implode!). I pondered what I could recommend for Thanksgiving besides try-not-to-eat-too-much, and I thought that medicinally speaking the key around this time is to treat indigestion and overindulgence for the most part. Well, luckily for all of us there are many traditions around the world that have already come up with some wonderful remedies.