Fresh “Split Pea” Soup
Fresh “Split Pea” Soup
There’s nothing better than a thick split pea soup, redolent of smoked ham and caramelized onions on a bleak winter day. But while the rich soup may warm ...
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
Vegan and gluten-free, these guilt-free cookies make for a great high-fiber snack that’s as filling as they are flavorful. I wanted to reduce the amount o...
Buta no Shōgayaki (Ginger Pork)
Buta no Shōgayaki (Ginger Pork)
With meetings in the city every day this week and a cold that doesn’t seem to get the clue, I haven’t exactly been looking forward to spending time ...
Kanpachi with Spicy Ponzu
Kanpachi with Spicy Ponzu
Hamachi, Kanpachi, and Hiramasa, are frequently referred to as “Yellowtail” at sushi restaurants, but did you know that only one of these is actuall...
Japanese Curry from Scratch
Japanese Curry from Scratch
In a country where you can get everything from hamburgers to lady’s undergarments out of a vending machine, it’s no surprise that home cooks have many c...
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Fresh “Split Pea” Soup

Fresh “Split Pea” Soup

There’s nothing better than a thick split pea soup, redolent of smoked ham and caramelized onions on a bleak winter day. But while the rich soup may warm your body and soul, most split pea soups look a bit like the inside of a soiled diaper. Nauseating metaphors aside, have you ever looked at a…

Ham Stock

Ham Stock

Ham stock isn’t a stock I keep on hand all the time, but I’m loath to toss away scraps of food, especially meaty ham bones. That’s why I always turn these into stock. Ham bones make for a marvelously savory stock with a smoky flavor that’s perfect as a base for sauces and soups like…

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan and gluten-free, these guilt-free cookies make for a great high-fiber snack that’s as filling as they are flavorful. I wanted to reduce the amount of sugar in these so there’s no added sugar beyond the bananas and dried fruit, but if you want to make them sweeter, you can sweeten them with pureed dates…

Buta no Shōgayaki (Ginger Pork)

Buta no Shōgayaki (Ginger Pork)

With meetings in the city every day this week and a cold that doesn’t seem to get the clue, I haven’t exactly been looking forward to spending time in the kitchen. That’s why I have tried and true standbys like this Shōgayaki to get me through the week. Shōgayaki (生姜焼き), literally means “grilled with ginger”…

Kanpachi with Spicy Ponzu

Kanpachi with Spicy Ponzu

Hamachi, Kanpachi, and Hiramasa, are frequently referred to as “Yellowtail” at sushi restaurants, but did you know that only one of these is actually from the species Yellowtail Amberjack? This week over at PBS Food, I try to clear up the confusion and share a recipe for this delicious sashimi with spicy ponzu. continue →

Japanese Curry from Scratch

Japanese Curry from Scratch

In a country where you can get everything from hamburgers to lady’s undergarments out of a vending machine, it’s no surprise that home cooks have many convenient options when “cooking” a meal. For some dishes like Japanese curry (カレーライス – karei raisu), pre-made mixes have become the norm rather than the exception and a trip…

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noma Japan

noma Japan

Those of you who have been reading this blog for long know that I don’t do many restaurant reviews. But it’s not everyday that I get a chance to eat at the Best Restaurant In The World, with food prepared at the hands of one of the most influential people in the world. So here’s…

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The House in Hong Kong

The House in Hong Kong

Walking through the doors of The Upper House, life slows down a beat or two. The minuscule lobby is more like a decompression chamber to shed a little energy before taking a serene ride up an escalator designed to mimic a row of torrii gates. There is no front desk in the traditional sense because…

Dueling Wontons

Dueling Wontons

When I mentioned on Twitter that I’d be heading to Hong Kong for a few days, the food recommendations came pouring in. Everyone had a favorite, but the one place I consistently heard as a must-go spot was Mak’s Noodle for their Wonton Noodles. It’s a third generation Hong Kong institution and while the one…

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