Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken
Unlike many Chinese-American favorites, which were invented by resourceful Chinese immigrants, Kung Pao Chicken (宫保雞丁) is a Sichuan classic that can be ...
Chicken Teriyaki Bowl
Chicken Teriyaki Bowl
Making a quick lunch is easy enough, but making a quick lunch that’s truly delicious is an entirely different matter. This week over at PBS I’ve wri...
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...
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
I’ve written before about my double chocolate banana bread, which took something good and made it better, but I’ve never been one to rest on my laur...
Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke) is one of those dishes that’s simple and yet so good that it’s managed to work its way from a relatively obscur...
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Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Unlike many Chinese-American favorites, which were invented by resourceful Chinese immigrants, Kung Pao Chicken (宫保雞丁) is a Sichuan classic that can be enjoyed to this day in China. If you’re expecting the mild vegetable and chicken stir-fry suspended in a sweet gravy that you’d get in the US, you may be in for a surprise…

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Making a quick lunch is easy enough, but making a quick lunch that’s truly delicious is an entirely different matter. This week over at PBS I’ve written about one of my favorite quick lunches: a chicken teriyaki bowl. With less than a handful of ingredients and cooking time in the single digits, it sets the…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

I’ve written before about my double chocolate banana bread, which took something good and made it better, but I’ve never been one to rest on my laurels, so I decided to up the ante and add another one of my favorite flavors: peanut butter. The resulting banana bread was kind of awesome, especially with a…

Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke) is one of those dishes that’s simple and yet so good that it’s managed to work its way from a relatively obscure cuisine onto the world stage as a classic comfort food. Like any dish that travels from its homeland, Chicken Paprikash has undergone some changes as it’s wandered its way…

Creamy Chicken Stew

Creamy Chicken Stew

Between the subzero temperatures outside and packing for my move, the New Year has gotten off to cold a hectic start. It’s left me craving something warm and comforting but without a lot of time to pull off anything too complicated. This simple stew is creamy, flavorful and exactly what I needed this week. Head…

Nanakusa Gayu

Nanakusa Gayu

Today is January 7th which is known as nanakusa no sekku (七草の節句), or the Festival of the Seven Weeds in Japan. Historically the 7th marked the last day of Oshougatsu (Japanese New Years), and to this day, people eat Nanakusa Gayu (七草がゆ) to observe it. Nanakusa Gayu, which literally translates to “seven weeds rice porridge”,…

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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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