The freshness and flavor of its uncooked ingredients are what make this alternative to traditional apple pie so delicious. Read More
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Green tea, rich in antioxidants, is one of the 10 Foods That Love Your Heart (February 2008). Here, it imparts a subtle yet distinctive flavor to both rice and chicken (and creates a lovely broth for the dish). Don't worry if some of the tea leaves escape from the bags into the liquid—they just add to the flavor and rustic appearance of the dish.
The kabocha is a Japanese squash, available at most Asian markets and many farmers' markets in autumn. Its vibrant orange flesh is naturally sweet, and Sabrina Chin's family has served these light, airy, Chinese-style buns for dessert in lieu of American pumpkin pie. "A traditional Asian palate prefers something a little less sweet," she says. Sifting the flour helps give the buns their appealing lightness. (A conventional vegetable steamer in a lidded saucepan works well, but a traditional bamboo steamer may also be used.)