Tag Archives: Qing Dan

5-Element Kitchen: Chopping into Spring

In the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) 5-element system, spring corresponds to the Wood element. If you think of Wood as bamboo, and not an oak tree, it’s a bit easier to see how wood’s correspondences make sense: the wood element exhibits characteristics of upward movement and flexibility, birth and new growth and it’s color is bright green. Those [...]
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Falling Back in Love with Whole Grains.

Passover has ended and now I’m liberated from eating matzoh! Welcome back whole grains, breads, legumes and flour, where have you been all my life?! It just so happens that today’s back-to-regular-diet-after-passover-day coincides with an exciting initiative launched by the Whole Grain Council, a not-for-profit consumer advocacy group that works to increase consumption of whole [...]
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Garlic Love

I am the only person I know who didn’t get sick this winter. Sure I wash my hands frequently, and try to stay hydrated and well-rested, and sure I don’t work around kids, but you know what I think the actual reason is? Garlic. Garlic is a potent therapeutic agent according to both ancient wisdom and [...]
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Slow Cooker Congee: To Cook Jook

Living in Queens, there are ample opportunities for culinary inspiration, and dim sum brunch yesterday was merely one of those times. Heading out for dim sum means that there are many steamed buns, dumplings, and fried meat morsels in your future. However, before you get to the doughy goodness of steamed delectables, there is often an opportunity [...]
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Cool Down Cucumber Seaweed Salad

I’ve been making this salad since I fell in love with a similar one at Souen, a macrobiotic restaurant in Greenwich village during college. Now, 13 (gasp!) years later, knowing more about Chinese medicine and the 5-elements, this salad remains one of my top go-to summer dishes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the summer [...]
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