Green Mac & Cheese
Green Mac & Cheese
With only 5 ingredients, this creamy macaroni and cheese is both easy and delicious. The vegan edamame cheese sauce is not just “green”, it’s ...
Quick Chili
Quick Chili
With fall turning into winter and white stuff falling from the sky, it’s officially cold. This is the time of the year when my salad spinner works its way...
Triple Corn Cornbread
Triple Corn Cornbread
Cornbread is a minefield of differing opinions on what should and shouldn’t be added. Some of the most hotly contested issues include lard vs. butter, yel...
Apple Pie Potstickers
Apple Pie Potstickers
Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts of all time. It’s not only delicious, the smells, imagery and flavor bring back warm childhood memories of my fav...
Roast Chicken with Crispy Skin
Roast Chicken with Crispy Skin
Dry and leathery aren’t usually things you want to hear about a roast chicken, but that’s exactly how the chicken needs to look in order to get a cr...
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Green Mac & Cheese

Green Mac & Cheese

With only 5 ingredients, this creamy macaroni and cheese is both easy and delicious. The vegan edamame cheese sauce is not just “green”, it’s literally green. Dr Seuss would be proud. Head over to PBS Food for my full post and recipe. continue →

Quick Chili

Quick Chili

With fall turning into winter and white stuff falling from the sky, it’s officially cold. This is the time of the year when my salad spinner works its way to the back of the cupboard and my dutch oven comes to the front. While cool weather and hearty fare go hand-in-hand, the unfortunate reality of…

Triple Corn Cornbread

Triple Corn Cornbread

Cornbread is a minefield of differing opinions on what should and shouldn’t be added. Some of the most hotly contested issues include lard vs. butter, yellow vs. white cornmeal, and the amount of sugar to add. Which side of the debate you fall on depends largely on where you’re from. Folks living in southern states…

Apple Pie Potstickers

Apple Pie Potstickers

Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts of all time. It’s not only delicious, the smells, imagery and flavor bring back warm childhood memories of my favorite days of the year (Thanksgiving and Christmas). Although the kitchen was primarily my mom’s domain, my stepdad would dawn an apron and tackle the kitchen for the…

Roast Chicken with Crispy Skin

Roast Chicken with Crispy Skin

Dry and leathery aren’t usually things you want to hear about a roast chicken, but that’s exactly how the chicken needs to look in order to get a crisp-skinned roast chicken. Before you write me off as crazy, allow me to explain. This summer, I spent a few weeks cooking at a mountain retreat for…

Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Vanilla Caramel Sauce

I’ve been seeing a lot of “easy caramel sauces” around the web lately that involve melting brown sugar in cream and reducing it. While they may have the color of caramel, they’re a bit like a cheap iPhone knockoff… a poor imitation of the real thing. That’s because the sugar in these recipes isn’t actually…

Ikura (Salmon Caviar)

Ikura (Salmon Caviar)

With spawning season in full swing, the salmon are packed to the gills with roe. If you’re able to find a skein of salmon roe at your fishmonger (or you happen to know someone that’s going salmon fishing), 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to turn that ugly sac of…

Homemade Lox

Homemade Lox

It always amazes me how people pay $30-50 per pound for lox given how easy it is to make at home. Fresh salmon costs about a third of this price, and the only other ingredients you need are salt, sugar and a little bit of time. Lox refers to salmon(traditionally the belly) that has been…

Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)

Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)

I think a lot of people have this impression that making Japanese food is complicated. While it’s easy to see how something unfamiliar could seem unattainably difficult, in this case it’s a myth that just isn’t true. Traditional Japanese cuisine evolved alongside a Zen buddhist philosophy of ascetic minimalism and so while the preparations may…

Kani Salad

Kani Salad

After receiving about a dozen requests for my version of Kani Salad over the years, I figured it’s high time I figure out what the hype is all about. Yep, that’s right, until I started getting requests for it, I’d never heard of this dish, much less tasted it. If you ask for a “kani…

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

I was recently asked for suggestions on a fingers food to make for a party with kids. Looking through my archives, a lot of what I found was more grown-up oriented, and kid-friendly dishes like my chicken parmesan and orange chicken work better for a sit-down affair. I’d turned my orange chicken into bite-size orange…

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

When I hear the word “lasagna” my mind fills with images of a sumptuous pasta that comforts the soul with tender noodles and a robust sauce loaded with lip-smacking umami. Sadly, most veggie lasagnas fall woefully short of these expectations. Not this one. Filled with roasted vegetables, a balanced tomato sauce and a rich, cheesy…

Raspberry Coulis

Raspberry Coulis

Raspberry coulis is the red sauce that pastry chefs often use to decorate your dessert plate with swirls. While it borders on overuse in restaurants, I don’t know why it hasn’t caught on more as a home condiment. I mean think about it… it’s like the fruity cousin of ketchup that turns ordinary sweets into…

Vegan Spinach Dip

Vegan Spinach Dip

I’d be a liar and you’d never believe a thing I said if I told you that this vegan spinach dip tastes exactly like the full fat, full cheese, full mayo version. But I’d be an equally big fibber if I neglected to convey just how ridiculously good this spinach dip is. To help you…

Corn with Bacon Vinaigrette

Corn with Bacon Vinaigrette

What happens when you take two of my favorite foods and season them with one of my favorite herbs? You get this marvelous warm corn salad that may just be my new go-to way of having corn! Creamy, smokey and brimming with umami, and yet crisp, fresh and balanced. Head over to PBS Food this…

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Mario Kart is REAL

Mario Kart is REAL

I see a lot of wacky things in my travels, so it takes a lot to surprise me. This just blew my mind with a mix of shock, incredulity and yes, a tiny bit of envy. I took these photos on a city street in the middle of the fifth largest city in Japan. Oh…

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…

Fullerton Bay Hotel Feels Like Home

Fullerton Bay Hotel Feels Like Home

As much as I love traveling, staying in hotels night after night gets tiresome quickly. It’s around this time that I crave the comforts of home: like knowing how to turn off the lights, having a dock for my iPhone, and waking up in a bed that doesn’t make my back hurt. This last trip…

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