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Caroline Phelps
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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 easy and healthy recipes peppered with an Asian twist everyone can make. Her recipes have been featured in Bon Appetit, Cooking Channel, Today, Buzzfeed, The Kitchn,, Brit + Co and Tagesanzeiger News.

Entries by Caroline Phelps

5 Flavor-Packed Summer Salads

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:58 AM

The sound of kids playing in the backyard. The wonderful smell of outdoor barbecued food wafting through the air. Baseball on TV. Wind chimes happily singing the arrival of warm and gentle breezes. Here are five bright, vibrant and flavorful salads to celebrate the arrival of summer.

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5 Healthy Recipes That Actually Taste Good

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:53 AM

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean staring at a sad bowl of steamed vegetables with rice cakes on the side. There are lots of ways you can enjoy a healthy diet while still having access to plenty of delicious and satisfying flavors. Here are 5 healthy recipes that prove how...

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5 Non-Alcoholic Lazy Summer Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Here are 5 easy non-alcoholic drinks to make for family and friends on hot and humid summer days.

Tart Muddled Mint Lemonade


It doesn't get more beachy and summery than freshly made lemonade here in America! Some people like...

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5 Easy and Tasty Pickle Recipes

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Pickling is a method I use whenever I have a fridge full of vegetables that are getting close to their expiration date. It's incredibly easy and the result is always delicious! I'll eat cornichons and dill pickles out of the jar as a snack, but my favorite types are Asian...

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5 Delicious Ways to Use Miso

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 10:13 AM

Sure - anyone who has ever ordered a spicy tuna roll is ultra familiar with miso soup. But miso is a much more nuanced ingredient than its use in the ubiquitous cloudy appetizer soup might lead you to believe. In fact, it can be used for anything from...

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5 Easy, Delicious Pasta Dishes for Your Next Carb Fix

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Sometimes pasta is a necessity. Maybe you're carbo-loading for a marathon, or maybe you just need a little taste of Italy as a wistful reminder of that carefree, sun-drenched trip you took up the Amalfi Coast after a grueling eleven-hour-day under the fluorescent lights at the office. Regardless of your...

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5 Tasty Japanese Recipes to Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 1:59 PM

It has been a rough winter! With the weather related indignities of the post-holiday months keeping me increasingly indoors, I always seem to get a little stir crazy this time of year. A stroll in the sun is needed. And - guess what? It's coming. One of my favorite things...

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5 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Busy Parents

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:26 AM

Working parents have it tough. I have no earthly idea how it's possible to work 40+ hours a week, run errands, go to PTA meetings, put Band-Aids on boo-boos and prepare dinner for hungry families. But mom and dad are superhuman - and manage to fit more activity into one...

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7 Delicious Recipes for Your Super Bowl Blowout

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Super Bowl Sunday is the best. And whether you are a hardened football fan with a painted face and a brain full of home and away CMP%, ATTs, TDs and INTs, or just tune in to watch the commercials and halftime show, one of the best parts of the day...

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Where's the Beef? 5 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Yes, I love burgers. I love pork chops and fried chicken. But, the more I work with food, the more I save my love of meat for special occasions. Not only are veggies loaded with obvious health benefits, they are super versatile and immensely tasty. Plus, there's nothing better than...

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5 Easy Egg Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 11:20 AM

The incredible, edible egg. Whether it is a boozy brunch with the ladies or a late-night three-egg omelet at the Greek diner, I'm a fan. And the best thing is, the moment you pick up a six-pack of eggs in the styrofoam container at the corner shop, your options are...

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5 Simple Border-Blurring Japanese Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:34 AM

I love Japanese food. And while there's nothing better than bellying up to a low table in a tatami room for a traditional Omakase tasting menu created by a master, sometimes a plate of Napolitan (spaghetti in a buttery tomato sauce with sausages) calls my name. Yōshoku translates into Western...

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5 Healthy and Delicious New Year's Resolution-Worthy Dishes

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 12:15 PM

You know the drill. January 1st. We make promises to ourselves in earnest. We go strong for a few months, and then slowly, that treadmill becomes a coatrack again. Well, I've blown enough New Year's resolutions to know that I probably won't go to the gym four times a week...

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5 Easy Party Foods to Serve at Your Holiday Gathering

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:38 PM

It's that time of the year when all of us are busy running last-minute errands, decorating our homes, wrapping gifts and cooking elaborate meals for family and friends. When your schedule is packed to the gills, having a few quick recipes to rely on can be a life-saver. Here are...

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6 Hearty One-Pot Meals That Will Have You Winning at Winter

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:41 AM

It seems like the overworked meteorologists at the Weather Channel have been busy predicting Nor'easters with a furious frequency. And what's better than a hearty pot of stew to right the wrongs of a wet, treacherous slog home from work? Aside from being filled with slow-cooked, nutritious and filling ingredients,...

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5 Easy Asian Chicken Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Fish sauce, gochujang, sriracha and soy sauce are all punchy, delicious ingredients that impart an unreal depth of flavor to whatever you're making for dinner. Luckily, in this global age, they are all quite easy to track down at your local supermarket. And what's easier to find at the store...

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6 Dynamic Tofu Recipes That Might Just Change Your Mind on Bean Curd

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Poor tofu. It's all too easy to dismiss tofu as tasteless blocks of bean curd for health nuts -- as something to be merely consumed for sustenance. But cooking and eating tofu doesn't have to be a joyless exercise. Aside from the obvious health benefits, it can be prepared a...

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5 Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:52 AM

So - everyone who is coming to Thanksgiving dinner has RSVP'd and you've already got your big 'ol turkey picked out from the grocery store. Oh... wait - the turkey and stuffing was as far as you got in the planning process? And aside from Aunt Ina, who forced you...

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6 Hearty Soups to Keep You Warm This Winter

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:37 PM

When winter begins to blow icy Northern blasts and CNN strives to perfect their graphics for 'Polar Vortex 2015', I start craving hearty, fragrant soups to bring warmth, comfort and flavor in to the picture. Combat the cold - or re-fuel after skating at the ice rink - with these...

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Take It to Work: 3 Easy Instant Noodle Soups to Go

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 9:26 AM

I'm a big fan of instant noodles but what I like even better is making my own versions to take to work. It's more filling, healthy, and this way, I get to choose what ingredients and toppings to include. Here are three easy ways to pack up a cup of...

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