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Thai Tom Yum Soup with Grilled Corn

Thai Tom Yum Soup with Grilled Corn recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

My mom would never let us leave her home without dinner leftovers, as well as tropical fruits from her morning market run. Now in Minnesota, late in the summer, Mark’s mom has all her garden vegetables packed up and ready to hand over before we even visit.

2-gallon Ziploc bags of green beans. Grocery bags of gnarled carrots and sweet, yellow onions. Giant watermelons! And of course, boxes of the most deliciously fresh red tomatoes.

tomatoes from the garden for vegetarian tom yum soup recipe

Our kitchen is now overflowing with tomatoes so juicy that we’ve been making batches of Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Soup, tomato sauce, and tomato salsa. And along with the extra garden goodies, I couldn’t help but to cook up one of my favorites soups - Tom Yum (Thai Hot & Sour Soup).

Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi-Muchim)

Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim) by SeasonWithSpice.com

The best part of eating out at a Korean restaurant are all those little dishes of spicy, salty, and savory appetizers called banchan.  There’s always a dish of kimchi there, as well as kongnamul (seasoned bean sprouts).  But the choices are endless for banchan, with each restaurant offering a different selection to start out your meal.

When prepared really fresh, one of the tastiest banchan is a Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad called Oi-Muchim.

Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Spicy, sweet, and refreshingly crunchy, this Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi-Muchim) has been a go-to starter or side dish at our BBQs, or for any meal when we need a nice tangy flavor to contrast a meaty dish.

It’s a must-have on the side for Korean dishes like bulgogi or galbi, and in our recipe for Korean BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

How to make Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad by SeasonWithSpice.com

Thai Grilled Chicken Wings with Chili-Garlic Dipping Sauce

Thai Grilled Chicken Wings with Chili-Garlic Dipping Sauce by SeasonWithSpice.com

We treasure every extra day – I mean minute! – of the short Minnesota summer season.  So with a late Labor Day this year, let’s squeeze in another grilling recipe to celebrate the longer than usual summer.

Our aromatic Thai BBQ Seasoning matches so well with chicken, so I whipped up a quick, delicious marinade & sauce to create this fun, simple recipe for Thai Grilled Chicken Wings with Chili-Garlic Dipping Sauce.

Thai Grilled Chicken Wings recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

These flavorful Thai grilled chicken wings start with a punchy marinade of fish sauce, coconut palm sugar, oyster sauce, and our aromatic Thai BBQ Seasoning. It’s a sweet, salty, savory combination that’s perfect on grilled meats.

Homemade Spicy Ginger Ale

Homemade Spicy Ginger Ale recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Is there real ginger in Ginger Ale?

If ginger ale did not include real ginger – with all its innumerable health benefits – why would our parents ask us to drink it when we have an upset stomach?  Why would the canned drink be so popular on airplanes where many of us are prone to motion sickness?

Real ginger can alleviate these symptoms.  But when our stomach hurts and we’re munching on some dry crackers, or when the flight attendant hands us that small bag of pretzels and asks us what we want to drink, we don’t think why we crave a can of ginger ale, we just order one.

Some traditions never change.  But the ingredients in ginger ale do.

Homemade Spicy Ginger Ale recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

What began as Ginger Beer a few centuries ago in England – a concoction of ginger, water, sugar, lemon juice and ginger beer plant – eventually led to the creation of a non-alcoholic version called Golden Ginger Ale.  This dark, carbonated drink with a strong ginger flavor was finally replaced in popularity by the lighter, less spicy version we know today – Dry Ginger Ale.

While ginger beer and golden ginger ale generally have a high concentration of ginger, does dry ginger ale include the real spice?

New Japanese Blend + Soba Noodles Recipe

Soba Noodles with Furikake (Japanese Seaweed Seasoning) by SeasonWithSpice.com

Rice seasonings, sushi seasonings, soba seasonings.  Japanese love seasonings!  Unlike most other Asian cuisines which incorporate spices during the cooking process, Japanese patiently wait until the dish is ready, and then sprinkle on their favorite spices & blends like Gomashio, Shichimi Togarashi, Ichimi Togarashi, and Furikake.

Furikake is my favorite seasoning this time of year when the weather is hot, and memories return of living through a humid August in Tokyo.  To stay cool, I used to sprinkle the seaweed blend over a bowl of cold soba noodles, and wash it down with a chilled bottle of Ito En Oolong Tea.

Furikake Japanese Seaweed Seasoning available at SeasonWithSpice.com

Furikake – the popular Japanese seasoning for sprinkling on rice, soba, and other dishes – can come in many forms.  More often than not, it’s a blend of seaweed and sesame seeds, sometimes salt & sugar, as well as bonito (fish) flakes for an extra savory flavor. 

In our blend of furikake – Japanese Seaweed Seasoning – we wanted to create a more versatile blend that could be used to sprinkle on a wide variety of dishes, to enhance but not overpower the overall flavor. That’s why we left out fish flakes, and focused on mixing a good balance of seaweed & sesame.  We begin with toasted white sesame seeds and roasted black sesame seeds to give the blend a warm, nutty crunch. Then we stir in the sea vegetables – finely chopped nori and wildcrafted dulse flakes. 

Charred Sweet Corn & Tomato Quinoa Salad with Sriracha-Lime Sea Salt

Charred Sweet Corn & Tomato Quinoa Salad with Sriracha-Lime Sea Salt by SeasonWithSpice.com

Juicy sweet corn, plump heirloom cherry tomatoes, purple bell peppers, and fresh herbs. It’s my favorite time of the year when all the produce stands at the farmer’s market, and at the co-op, are overflowing with colorful vegetables.

lime basil, cherry tomatoes, purple bell pepper, and sweet corn

I even picked up a new herb this year from our Local Roots Co-op.  Lime basil!  Have you tried it before? The citrus aroma of the herb is amazing.

I couldn’t get lime off my mind when when I was looking over my bounty, trying to decide what to cook. Lime Basil. Lime juice. Our new Sriracha-Lime Sea Salt.

Spicy Korean Cold Noodles (Bibim Guksu)

Spicy Korean Cold Noodles (Bibim Guksu) recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Keep the dressing spicy, and the noodles cold in August.

That’s a lazy summer lunch – looking good, feeling good, and keeping it simple in the kitchen with this Spicy Korean Cold Noodle dish.

Spicy Korean Cold Noodles (Bibim Guksu) recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

While you’re cooking a pot of soba or somen noodles, just chop up a few gorgeous vegetables like red cabbage, English cucumber, carrot, and garden fresh lettuce (save the leftover veggies for making a Garden Salad Coleslaw later).

You can also add in some shredded kimchi, and the juice, to create a more classic Bibim Guksu that has a sharper, tangier flavor.