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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 Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:52 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 | 2:37 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 | 10:26 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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5 Easy and Delicious Curries You Can Make at Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:03 AM

1. Beef Miso Curry


This beef miso curry is light compared to the classic Japanese curry but packs a punch with flavors ranging from sweet, sour and savory. This is one curry with plenty of umami! Total Cooking Time: 1 hour...

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5 Easy Fall Vegetable Dishes Your Family Will Love

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:42 PM

1. Butternut Squash And Tomato Penne With Anchovy Butter Sauce


You don't have to love butternut squash to love this dish. My husband who doesn't like sweet ingredients in savory dishes can't get enough of this pasta! It's hearty, healthy, colorful...

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10 Best Non-Sushi, Non-Ramen Japanese Restaurants in NYC

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 10:48 AM

2014-10-23-totto.jpg Photo: Planmb

Here is a list of exceptionally good Japanese restaurants offering specialties other than the beloved sushi and ramen- Itadakimasu!

1. Yakitori Totto

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Best for: grilled...

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10 Asian Noodle Dishes You'll Want to Eat Every Day

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 11:01 AM

1.Yaki Udon


This dish is so simple yet so flavorful - Japanese udon noodles stir fried in butter and soy sauce and topped with chopped scallions, shredded nori and bonito flakes. A top choice for bar food in Tokyo,...

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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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