Traditional Chinese hot pots are cooked at the table, so this hearty slow-cooker stew technically doesn’t count. Nevertheless, the flavors are inspired by a hot pot, and this countertop version is easy and delicious.
Having spent 25 years of my life in Michigan and 9 years in New England, it goes without saying that pure maple syrup is a staple in our kitchen. From an early age I was introduced to fresh maple syrup during a school field trip to a local nature center. At the end we all were handed little spoonfuls of warm, fresh maple syrup. That deep, pure flavor and rich aroma is one I’ll never forget.
In my late-twenties when I was in the middle of my weight loss journey, I vowed to give up all artificial sweeteners and rely on more natural, less processed ways to sweeten my foods. When you stick to real food like pure, rich, amber maple syrup, it’s amazing little you need to add flavor to a dish. Flavor, not sweetness. There’s a difference….