Warming Miso Soup

One of my favorite rituals in Japan was beginning each meal with a small bowl of miso soup. Especially when served with breakfast, the elixir had a special way of warming and opening up my chest, getting me ready for the day. It was the best feeling. Miso soup was never served with a spoon, just chopsticks. To get the broth, you’d lift the bowl to your lips and sip. The whole time we were in Japan, I was excited … Continue reading

Chili Warms the Soul

Good riddance, 2015. Although there were some amazing highs (Japan, spending more time with family), the year was overwhelmed by fresh starts and steeped in loss. As silly as it sounds, bowls of chili, prepared by my mom and stashed in my refrigerator, served as buoys of well-being throughout some challenging months. I came up with my own take on her chili, and then devised a bunch of different ways to eat it. I am sure this chili will continue … Continue reading

Sesame Almond Snack Bars

Alternate title: Thanksgiving Travel Treats! These bars are for the sesame lover or anyone who appreciates a crunchy-chewy, healthy snack. They remind me of sesame candies- those small rectangles wrapped in crinkly plastic. But this version is much less sweet and less sticky. And with the addition of almonds, or another nut of your choice, they have more depth. Perfect for road trips, train rides, plane rides, or breaking up the monotony of a daily routine, make a batch of … Continue reading