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Plant Based Miso Soup with Tofu

Traditional miso soup, a Japanese soup made from fermented soy bean paste (miso), has fish stock as a base.  To incorporate the rich dashi flavor without using fish products, I used Takii, a mushroom stock powder.  I've also added cooked vegetables…

The Simple Sandwiches of the 60's

In the mood for a sandwich while I was shopping at Central Market recently, I wandered over to the "build your own sandwich" bar.  There was a very detailed set of instructions on how to do this seemingly complicated task.  Next to the…

Mom's Japanese Cucumbers

My Japanese mother was obsessed with her cucumbers.  She compared her memory of thin, almost seedless, sweet cucumbers with edible skin to the wax-covered, tough, bitter, seed-filled burp-causing cucumbers in America and understood why so many…

Cooking for Longevity and Health

I have been interested in the topic of longevity and health for many years, like most people over the age of 50, one day I realized that sooner or later I would experience the ailments of the middle aged people around me, most suffering from…

My Love and Hate Relationship with Food

I hardly ever think about this anymore, but recently I was reminded of my early cooking experiences.  These are not the cooking experiences of my adulthood when I was raising children and entertaining friends, but the times when I was a young…
Hard Boiled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Making deviled eggs today and needed some hard boiled eggs. This time I tried a different method.Boil water (about 2 1/2 quarts) in pot. Drop in one dozen eggs by lowering gently with a large spoon or spider tool. Immediately add…

New Hampshire , Vermont, and Maine: June 2015

For my birthday this year, Steve arranged a trip to New England.  We arrived in Meredith, New Hampshire and checked into our room at the Inn at Mill Falls.  Lovely view from our balcony.We decided on Tavern 27, a…
Chef Julia and Friends

Korean Beef Sliders for Taste Tour 2015

Since 2011, a group of Azle volunteers, headed by Dawn Zuilhof, plan an event to raise money for the Community Caring Center.  We have had taste tours in 2011, 2013, and this year, 2015.  My role has been to find chefs willing to prepare…

Recipe Testing

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New Orleans 2015

Celebrating Steve's birthday (a little late) in New Orleans this year.  He wanted to enjoy his favorite New Orleans foods, but after the Mardi Gras crowds were gone.  Leaving the DFW area was a bit of a challenge when icy weather delayed…