Sesame Oolong Crusted Chicken

You know you are loved when friends and family ship you thoughtful gifts of food. The most special of these are the fresh-from-the source foods that those who love you know you’ll appreciate. My grandma used to ship us her homemade strawberry freezer jam, my aunt would send us boxes full of pickled bologna (a…

Sesame Quinoa Salad

I picked up a lovely toasted sesame-flavored black tea during my first visit to an Adagio retail store last fall in Chicago. This tea has just the right balance of flavor; it’s not too overwhelmingly sesame and it has a hint of toasty sweet. Ever since I purchased it I’ve wanted to make something with…

Green Tea Flu Shot Soup

The day after participating in a Twitter chat about tea and wellness last week, I fell ill.  Slightly ironic, I think. Sore throat, fever, stuffy head – you know, the works. Inspired by the wellness chat, I used what energy I had to whip up this quick chicken, noodle and vegetable soup, infused with lots…

Cherry Sencha Chicken Salad

This dish is inspired by both the gorgeous Colorado cherries currently at the farmer’s market and the fresh tarragon I scored at my first food swap event. The food swap was fantastic. Mile High Swappers organizes monthly food swap events, where people come to talk food and swap their homemade goodies for others’ homemade goodies….

Smoky Tea & Tomato Lentils

Lately, an almost weekly tradition has been a stop at Whole Foods for their Wednesday sale price on rotisserie chicken. Sure, I roast my own chicken now and then, but when I’m busy it’s easy to make two or three meals during the week off this tasty, pre-cooked bird. Plus, I love any excuse to…