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Caroline Caron-Phelps is a French Canadian-Japanese home chef and food blogger. Her blog Pickled Plum was started in 2010 from her small kitchen in Manhattan where she cooked meals for her husband and herself. With a French and Japanese heritage, her cooking showcases both cultures with an American twist. She creates recipes, shoots and retouches the pictures, and is the administrator of the blog. Since then, some of her recipes have been picked up from magazines such as Bon Appetit, Healthy Recipes Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Kitchn and Swiss paper The Tagesanzeiger News.

She recently launched The Pickled Plum on YouTube where she shares recipes, her life in NY and quick tips for better cooking.

Entries by Caroline Phelps

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Sweet Potato Squash Puree

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:48 PM


See the video for sweet potato squash puree or scroll down for the recipe.

It was time. After three years of blogging about food I thought it was time to get in front of the camera and film my...

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8 Japanese Dishes For Beginners

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 9:46 AM

Fried cheeseburgers served with a thousand island dressing at Bamboo Izakaya.

What do you think of fermented soybeans (natto), firefly squid with pickled wasabi, chicken bones (nankotsu) and hearts, arugula salad with dried baby fish topped with a poached...

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My First Time... (A Duck Confit Story)

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 10:01 AM


Photo: Caroline Phelps

My first experience eating duck was a disaster; I was having a lovely dinner at a Chinese restaurant when came a plate of duck with a thick layer of gelatinous fat jiggling between the meat...

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The Advent Of Izakayas

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Not too long ago sushi, California rolls and teriyaki chicken were what defined Japanese food in America. The difference between what I ate in Japan during my summers as a child and a teenager, as opposed to what was called 'Japanese food' in the Western world couldn't have been more...

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Mapo Tofu (A Healthier Version)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:36 PM

This is a healthier version of the classic mapo tofu, using lean ground chicken instead of ground pork and making tofu, the star of the dish.

Serves 2


2 tbsp neutral oil (grapeseed, vegetable)
1/4 lbs ground...

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Rainbow Chard With Bacon and Beans

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Colorful and easy to make, this dish has heat, smokiness and is hearty without being too heavy.



  • 1 bunch rainbow chard (or regular), stems cut into bite size & leaves kept separate and roughly chopped
  • 3 bacon, cut into small...
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Asian Mayonnaise

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 10:47 AM


Taken from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman's cookbook Simple to Spectacular, this Asian mayonnaise is creamy and savory, and pairs well with fish , vegetables or pickled tea eggs. It's very easy to make and will...

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Edamame With Bonito And Seaweed

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 3:07 PM


Edamame with Bonito and Seaweed

This is a very easy recipe to jazz up the sweet, almost nutty flavor of this bean.

1 lb (1 bag) frozen edamame
1/4 nori sheet
2 tbsp bonito flakes
1/2 tsp salt

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Roasted Asparagus Market Salad

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 4:07 PM


Roasted Asparagus Market Salad

Serves 2


1/2 cup chickpeas (cooked)
12 asparagus stalks, ends trimmed
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 small potatoes (Yukon Gold preferably), cut in half then quartered
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 1/2...

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Kale And Sweet Potato Soup

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 9:27 AM


Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this easy kale and sweet potato soup makes a great late night snack or healthy lunch.

Kale And Sweet Potato Soup
(Serves 4 people)

3 celery stalks, chopped
1 bunch kale,...

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How And When To Dress A Salad

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 9:39 AM

Are wilted soggy greens looking back at you from your plate? Here are some
quick and easy tips on how to make the perfect salad.

1. Blot with paper towel or use a salad spinner to dry your lettuce.
Any water left on the lettuce will...

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Oven Baked Mushrooms

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:14 AM


Wrapped in foil while cooking in butter and their own juices, oven baked mushrooms have a deep earthy flavor that's hard to resist. Sprinkling a little fresh parsley on top and adding a dash of soy makes this side dish delectable enough to stand...

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Miso Soup (With Daikon And Sesame)

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 9:21 AM


I love making a big pot of miso soup and add extra ingredients to keep it interesting. The taste of the sesame paste and oil cuts the saltiness of the soup, making the flavors more delicate yet still irresistibly fragrant. It's great...

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Potato Salad (Japanese style)

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Japanese potato salads are a little sweet and tangy, which I love since every bite seems to taste different. I've pickled the cucumber for this recipe with a little salt and sugar. This softens the texture and gives it zing. The flavors blend really well together, making this a personal...

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Simple Ratatouille Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 10:53 AM


This ratatouille recipe takes no time prepare and requires only a few ingredients. It's a very simple and easy side dish that's comforting, and pairs well with almost anything.


2 medium size zucchini, roughly chopped
1 large tomato,...

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Sauteed Radishes

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 4:01 PM


Very simple and gorgeous to look at, sauteed radishes are a great way to change things up from the common vegetable sides we're so used to eating. Tender and almost turnip like, their taste is mild and uncomplicated. I love serving them...

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Salmon Cakes

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 7:10 PM


This is a dish both my husband and I truly enjoy. What's even better is the fact that my husband doesn't like salmon and yet, considers this one of his favorite dishes. This is a great way to introduce fish into your diet...

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The Best Guacamole Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 4:49 PM


This Guacamole is incredibly tasty and has the perfect amount of acidity and heat. What makes it so special is the smokiness of the charred jalapeno. This technique transforms good guacamole into a stratospherically divine dip that can be eaten on its...

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Chawan Mushi (Japanese Steamed Egg Custard)

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 11:27 AM


This light and delicate egg custard is a wonderful appetizer to make if you're looking to wow your partner or dinner guests. It's both beautiful and fun to eat, and require few ingredients. This dish is often served with omakase dinners and in traditional...

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Roasted Zucchini Salad With Chickpea and Lemon Zest

(5) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 5:47 PM


The juice and zest from the lemon makes this dish sweet and tart, while the caramelized zucchini adds smokiness. Quick and simple to make this little salad pairs well with almost anything!
(serves 2 -3)


- 2 medium...

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