Soy Reduction

A soy reduction is easy to make and works well anytime you want to add another layer of flavor – drizzle on grilled fish, cooked veggies or place a thin layer in the bottom of a salad bowl.  Because wheat is something in our family, we need to be careful of – I use tamari sauce.  Want to know the difference between soy sauce and tamari sauce? – Read Here

Soy Reduction - Fish

Soy Reduction
A sauce that can be used over fish, chicken, cooked veggies or in a salad
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  1. 1/4 cup light soy sauce or tamari sauce
  2. 1/2 teaspoon each minced garlic and ginger
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  5. 1/4 tsp of sesame seed oil
  6. salt and pepper
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  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, heat and reduce until syrupy; drizzle through a strainer
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Soy Reduction - Pan
Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan

Soy Reduction - finished
After reduction – place through a small mesh colander.  This will catch all the small pieces of ginger and garlic.

What other items could you use this on?  Rice, ?


Did Someone Say Date?

The word date can mean so many things – we can make something yummy with dates, we can make a jar to save our change and go out with someone special or we can have fun with a little person in the kitchen.   

Date Bar Sliced

First up – I made these amazing date bars from Elizabeth Finch – You can find the recipe HERE  They are made with good clean ingredients – almond flour, dates, honey, egg, nuts, etc. and are gluten free.  

I didn’t have pecans so I used a mixture of raw almonds, cashews and unsweetened coconut for the top.  I’m going to warn you that you’ll want to double this recipe because they are so yummy.  I found that after cutting into bars, wrapping in syran wrap and placing them in the freezer on a cookie sheet for about an hour.  Then I place all the wrapped up little presents in a large Ziplock bag to store in the freezer.  They can be eaten as a bar or sliced once you are ready to enjoy. 

I knew this was the recipe I wanted to try my new Vietnamese Cinnamon in – oh this was so worth the $8.00 – purchased at Sur la Table.

Date Bar Squares


 Idea 2 – Buy a dozen canning jars and make some of these Date Night Jars for Christmas Gifts – Click HERE to find out how. 

Date Jar

Then my favorite -a  cooking date with my grandson.  This weekend we made some biscuits – Recipe can be found HERE  

AME - Heart Biscuits

10-10-14 Caden - Biscuit Making

Isn’t he so adorable?

Thanks for letting me share 3 of my favorite “date” ideas.


Miso Vinaigrette Dressing

I tasted this dressing for the first time while on vacation in Oceanside, CA last month.  It was served on a Chopped Cashew Chicken Salad and it was delicious.

Miso Dressing

Of course I was inspired to replicate the recipe and am happy with the version I created.

Miso Vinaigrette Dressing
Inspired by a dressing served at Karl Strauss Brewery in Carlsbad, CA
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  1. 2 Tbsp white miso
  2. 1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  3. 6 Tbsp of avocado oil
  4. 1 tsp honey
  5. 5 drops of coconut stevia
  6. Pinch of sea salt
  7. 1 tsp sesame oil
  1. Place all ingredients in a canning jar or other container with a lid and shake until well blended.
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Oceanside 2014 Beach
Sharing a little of my vacation…

CCC Salad - Karl Straus
This is a picture of the actual salad I had at Karl Strauss Brewery. The recipe of my version will be coming soon.

Oceanside 2014 - Debbie
One more vacation pic

Miso Dressing Ingredients
Dressing Ingredients

Having different dressings always makes salads new and exciting.