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Ham and Pea Risotto with Feta and Tarragon

Ham and Pea Risotto with Feta and TarragonUm. Happy spring. Right? It’s the same-ish every year in New Jersey. Nothing but hopes and dreams where both the weather and all those elusive spring vegetables are concerned. In reality it’s wintry mix and frozen peas and a dull reawakening of expectations and longings. Maybe one day we’ll be worthy of asparagus or, if I may be so bold, strawberries. Today is not that day.  (more…)

Chinese Dumplings Recipe with Pork

Chinese Dumplings | Umami Girl

What’s up, dumpling? (Not harassing ya, promise. I’m talking to the food.)

I had a MOMENT on Chinese New Year, you guys. (Okay, now I’m talking to you.) It was a dumplings-or-bust kind of moment, very early in the day. If there were such a thing as too early in the day for dumplings, it would’ve been too early for dumplings. But I think we can all agree that there’s no such miserable thing as that.  (more…)

Pan-Seared Scallops with Chorizo

Pan Seared Scallops with Chorizo | Umami GirlScallops, man. They’re just the best. (Eating a lot of them recently has rendered me inarticulate — that’s how good they are.) Seared scallops take virtually no time to make, and once you know a few basics, they’re pretty hard to screw up. And yet they seem so special. I don’t know how they do it.

I don’t care how they do it.

This 10-minute pan-seared scallops recipe makes a good thing even better with the addition of a little bit of Spanish chorizo. The flavor and texture contrasts with the seared scallops are just perfect. And I recommend serving it all over a bed of basmati rice pilaf, another best-in-class version of a simple, killer recipe.  (more…)

Basmati Rice Pilaf

Basmati Rice Pilaf | Umami GirlSome recipes are so basic, so versatile, so good that every cook should know them. There’s that pesky “should,” I know. But I feel pretty strongly about this. Rice pilaf is one of those recipes. And basmati rice pilaf is pilaf’s best version of itself.

Rice pilaf woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. And if you’re new to this side dish and ready to learn a simple, easy recipe, then so did you.

Psst: speaking of beds, maybe you’ll try this as a bed for seared scallops with chorizo. Just sayin.  (more…)

Tangy Green Juice Recipe

Tangy Green Juice | Umami GirlHello hello. I’ve been drinking a lot of green juice recently. That’s the understatement of the year, which isn’t super-impressive since it’s only February 1. But you know what? It FEELS pretty impressive. And that’s something. 🙂

This is my favorite basic green juice recipe, and it’s been doing a lot of heavy lifting around here for the past month. And my go-to green juice recipe when I’m just sort of casually flirting with juice is this one. As the name strongly suggests, it’s balanced in flavor. All of that is great. But sometimes — like when you’ve been juicing all of the things all of the time — it’s nice to change it up and go a little extreme. The other day I was really craving some serious tang in my green juice, so I went for it with the turmeric, lemons and limes.  (more…)


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