My wife is from Hawaii, and one of her favorite restaurants is Russell Siu's Kaka'Aku Kitchen - she loves their five-spice shoyu chicken. (Shoyu chicken is cut-up chicken slow-cooked in a soy sauce-based liquid). I found a Sam Choy recipe for shoyu chicken that started with teriyaki sauce. Using that as a starting point, I redid my shoyu chicken recipe. My wife's response was that the result was even better than Kaka'Aku Kitchen's (not that she's at all biased in my favor).
This is a recipe for a traditional Chinese soup. I first tried it at Yong Sing in Honolulu. I found this recipe at chinesefooddiy.com. A couple of tips - do not use bouillon! Use either prepared broth (like that which one can buy in cartons) or, better yet, stock. As for the fungus which is the main ingredient, try Asian food stores for the dried fungus. If you live near a Chinatown, you'll probably have good luck at a Chinese grocery.
Want to fire up the grill? Tired of chunks of beef? (Actually, I live in Nebraska - I could be killed for saying that.) Try these lighter burgers as a change - nice for a more elegant grilling, and very easy to make. Prep time include chilling time.
This is a recipe I came across in a cookbook I had had for some time, and finally decided to make. It was made very clear to me that this was a recipe which I had better make again, as it went over VERY well. This also works with pieces of a whole chicken, but the thighs are just the right size and shape to work well. Prep time includes marinating time (in a pinch you can marinate for about 15 minutes and go).
Teriyaki salmon is a traditional Japanese dish - this recipe adds some citrus tang to it. I've also made this recipe substituting pink grapefruit juice cocktail for some of the orange juice (about 2/3 cup orange, 1/3 cup grapefruit). Last time I made this, I served it with Julesong's Brown Rice with Onions and Pecans and edamame (soybeans boiled in the shell). Prep time includes marinating time
I recommend making the effort to use cider and stock, rather than juice and broth - it really adds considerable flavor. This is another recipe with a very "fall" feeling - nice and rich, but most of the flavor comes from fruit rather than fat.
Very simple, very quick - good comfort soup when it's cold out. Try this with stock instead of broth - it makes a noticable difference. I can find premade stock pretty easily now, and like it much better. The recipe (originally from chopstix.net) suggested 2 eggs - I though it was too much egg and not enough soup.
Soba are Japanese buckwheat noodles - you can find them at some grocery stores; if not, any Asian food store should have them. (The recipe originally called for ramen, but I just couldn't do that to people). I've also had good luck finding dried shiitake mushrooms at a reasonable price at Asian food stores. Prep time includes the final sitting time.
This quick glaze for steak makes a nice meal for two if you have a little time to let it marinate it; otherwise, set it up the night before, and you'll have flavorful steaks ready to grill when you get home. These work on a regular grill, a Foreman-type grill, or on the broiler.