• Asian,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Salads

    Asian Salad with Honey Bacon

    Bacon is big in our house, and while I love to add it to salads I had never thought of bacon in the context of Asian food. Inspiration struck while reading a Food & Wine cookbook – why not marry bacon with Asian flavors? With that idea I was off! Jeff says learning to cook bacon in the oven is one of the three most important things he has learned from me (I am absolutely serious). I choose to interpret the fact that this food lesson is in the top three as evidence of our shared passion for bacon. Once you have cooked bacon in the oven you will never…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Sides

    Skillet Miso Potatoes

    My current ingredient obsession is miso paste. I go through these phases of getting hooked on ingredients from time to time – it’s one of the most fun parts of making a living through food. Right now, it’s miso, specifically white miso. White miso is the mildest form of miso paste, so it’s the best choice to try. One tub, which only costs about $6, will keep in your fridge for months and adds a subtle, salty kick to so many dishes. Plus, because it has such a mild taste I can sneak it by my kids (another big plus). Recently I used white miso to make Grilled Baby Bok…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Meat,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Sheet Pan Wasabi Flank Steak

    This meal idea originally began life as a grill recipe, but when you look outside and see your grill literally in flames – it needed to be completely cleaned – a fast pivot was necessary. Thank goodness for sheet pans! And a sheet pan with aluminum foil? That’s complete no-dishes-to-wash heaven! Back to the recipe…I had some leftover wasabi sauce that I wanted to use and I thought it could be perfect on the side of an Asian flavored flank steak. This marinade could not be simpler, it’s TWO ingredients, and the kids really enjoyed it. We are mostly a chicken and pork family, but when we do eat red…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Asian-Style Portabello Mushrooms

    Few vegetables are more delicious on the grill than portabello mushrooms…they lend themselves to all types of flavor profiles and they grill beautifully. This mouthwatering marinade pairs perfectly with the mushrooms, but would also work well with steak. Grilled Asian-Style Portabello Mushrooms Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4 This marinade is soooo good! Your mushrooms need as little as an hour in the marinade, but up to overnight works well too. Planning a quick weeknight dinner – I would double the marinade and include a few steaks. Happy cooking! Ingredients 4 tbsp Soy sauce, low-sodium 1/2 of a Lime, zested and juiced 2 tsp Garlic, minced 2 tsp Sambal oelek…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Baby Bok Choy

    Bok choy on the grill is so good, flavorful and interesting…and best of all quick, which makes it the perfect candidate for a weeknight dinner side. Of all the Asian ingredients I keep in the fridge, miso paste might be my favorite. I love it’s unami punch and versatility. Grilled Baby Bok Choy Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4 I love bok choy on the grill, it’s just like grilled romaine, unexpectedly good in a way you never anticipated. I know it sounds crazy, but bok choy is actually very kid-friendly. You don’t need to do much for these ingredients, just toss them with a bit of butter or oil,…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Grilled Sesame Tuna

    Seared ahi tuna is one of those fabulous meals that exists somewhere between dreams and reality…this recipe was born from a sushi craving. I love to feed my kids as much seafood as possible, but the reality is that means frozen shrimp or seafood on sale. I saw yellowtail on sale at Wegmans last week, so I snapped it right up. My kids really like seafood, so it wasn’t hard to get them to try tuna. However, the sesame seeds are completely strange to them and I definitely got some pushback, so I adjusted accordingly. I made one of the tuna steaks sesame seed free – and everyone ate their…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Wasabi Sauce

    Concocting sauces is a particular passion of mine. A simple sauce transforms an ordinary dinner into a special meal. The one constant of WKC sauces is you need Greek yogurt as a creamy base and some fresh herbs for flavor – then you can let your imagination run wild. Loving your leftovers is not only for how to reuse your protein, what about how to adapt a sauce to a second dinner later in the week? This sauce is the perfect compliment to the Grilled Sesame Tuna and the Wasabi Sheet Pan Flank Steak…try both recipes this week! Wasabi Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 1 1/2 cups This sauce can…

  • Asian,  Chicken,  Recipes

    Chicken & Pepper Stir-Fry

    For many years I stayed away from stir-fries, I was intimidated about how fast they cook and trying to have all the ingredients ready to go. Once I got over that fear, my eyes were finally opened to how stir-fries are the answer to a quick and savory weeknight dinner. This stir-fry is one of my favorites, the sauce is simple to make and so yummy, but if you don’t think your children will eat the sauce you have the option to pull some of the chicken and peppers out before adding the sauce at the end of the recipe. Complete this meal with fluffy and tasty Jasmine rice. Jasmine…

  • Asian,  Meat,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Korean Steak Tacos

    Delicious sauces are one of my favorite things to play around with…I just love experimenting with different flavors and seeing the finished result. I have to say this sauce is one of Jeff and my stand-outs – it is soooo good and tastes healthy and clean (which of course it is)! People don’t often think of flank steak as a leftover dinner candidate, but with a little planning you can make two amazing dinners. The key is to make sure you cook your back-up flank steak more rare, it will cook in the microwave when you are re-heating your dinner plates and you don’t want it too well done. Korean…

  • Asian,  Chicken,  Dinner,  Recipes

    Teriyaki Chicken

    We are big fans of Asian food in my house, and chicken teriyaki’s one of our favorites. If you haven’t introduced your children to Asian flavors, this recipe is a great place to start. The chicken’s firm texture and sweetness from the brown sugar and honey will make this meal a kid home run. Once you’ve made this quick, easy and healthy sauce you will never buy teriyaki at the store, it’s so delicious! Teriyaki Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4 I’m so excited for share this recipe. I love making Asian at home, most recipes are quick, lots are str-fries…tailor-made for busy weeknights. Plus cooking Asian food at home…