Hot Pots & how2heroes

Holy Hot Pot! The how2heroes crew has just returned from filming In-May Liu (Christine Liu’s visiting mother) cooking a delicious Chinese Hot Pot recipe. What is “Hot Pot” exactly? Imagine a fondue or shabu-shabu, with a flavorful broth to cook your your seafood, meats, tofu, and veggies atop the table- family style. You start with selecting the beef and seafood, then end with the broth itself. In-May Liu used a chicken stock base (but water or vegetable based stock can be substituted well for vegetarians) and a delightful array of squid, fish balls, scallops, and shrimp, not to mention choice cuts of beef and a flurry of green vegetables. It was, to say the least, well received by the crew.

The how2heroes filming (and eating) a Chinese Hot Pot dish.

The how2heroes filming (and eating) a Chinese Hot Pot dish.

Traditionally a winter dish, the delicious soup aroma and cozy serving-style is definitely a great way to bring the family together, as In-May Liu described- especially when the kids are home on break from school. This is not only a vegetarian-optional dish, but also a one-pot meal and a fantastic healthy recipe as the soup is surprisingly filling.

A single person's serving from the Hot Pot.

A single person's serving from the Hot Pot.

This video was shot today but it will be live in time for Chinese New Year, which falls on February 14th this year. We have lots of wonderful dishes in time for celebrating the year of the Tiger, like Patricia Yeo’s Edamame Potstickers, Mama Chang’s Pork & Chive Dumplings, or Christine Liu’s Chinese Tea Eggs. Need a hand folding those dumplings? Our very own Lilly Jan can help you with her how-to on Pleating a Potsticker. So stock up on oranges and break out the red envelopes and prepare for a year of wealth and prosperity!

Soups & Comfort Foods

Today is Groundhog’s Day! Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter! We recommend these winter warmers and comfort foods to stay cozy this season:

Clara Silverstein’s shoot occurred during the typical New England freeze in early January. Clara’s cheery, plant-filled house and this healthy, hearty soup were just the remedy for our winter blues! This soup is made with chicken broth, but can be made vegan with the substitution of veggie stock.

Clara Silverstein keeps things warm and healthy with her Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Cumin Soup

Clara Silverstein keeps things warm and healthy with her Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Cumin Soup

Chef Marjorie Druker, of the New England Soup Factory, told a story during filming about attending a Greek Orthodox church dinner as a child, and reminisced the massive feast of delicious food. This is her deconstructed soup twist on the Greek Spanikopita that she garnished with crispy phyllo triangles. She also made another fantastic zesty chicken soup, The Spicy Chicken & Rice Flu Chaser Soup, that we highly recommend.

Chef Marjorie Druker's Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Soup is sure to keep you warm

Chef Marjorie Druker's Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Soup is sure to keep you warm

Bea Viera is the ultimate Portuguese home cook. Some of her other fantastic comfort recipes include the Twice Baked Potatoes and her classic Clam Chowder. MMMmmmmmmmm!

Bea's Kale Soup (Caldo Couves)

Bea's Kale Soup (Caldo Couves)

A wintery favorite, compliments of the Herb Lyceum. This squash soup uses winter squash, parsnips, carrots and onions for a delicious taste and beautiful color. The Calabaza Squash Soup by Chef Jose Duarte has a similarly beautiful golden glow and is equally popular with your guests.

Red Kuri Squash Soup w/ Cranberry Compote from Chef Paul Callahan

Red Kuri Squash Soup w/ Cranberry Compote from Chef Paul Callahan

Cheesy. Potatoes. Enough said. Ryan Weaver had us rolling on the floor with the stories of a childhood in Utah. As Ryan states, trying to be fancy with this recipe is not true to the heart- you must use neon-yellow cheese and an industrial box of corn flakes.

Ryan Rose Weaver is keeping it comfy with this cheesy, delicious Funeral Potato recipe

Ryan Rose Weaver is keeping it comfy with this cheesy, delicious Funeral Potato recipe

Nothing says comfort food better than the classic cheesy mac. We have several awesome recipes for the craving in all of us, including Chef Greg Budgell’s Blue Plate’s Mac & Cheese, Lobster Mac & Cheese by Kate Krukowski Gooding, and Chef Alina Eisenhauer’s Baked Cheese Fondue.

Keep the cheese coming with Brent Mimeault's Mac & Cheese

Keep the cheese coming with Brent Mimeault's Mac & Cheese

So the upside for six more weeks of winter? Six more weeks of fantastic, cozy, heart-warming foods.