Basic Tomato Sauce
Basic Tomato Sauce
One of the first things I learned how to cook as a kid was a basic tomato sauce (a.k.a. marinara sauce). It’s the basis for so many dishes and sauces from...
Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)
Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)
Like most things in life, the rules of cooking aren’t set in stone, and there are always exceptions. I’ve never been a big fan of certainties, and s...
Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad
Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad
Sun-ripened tomatoes and smoky grilled eggplant are the stars in this simple, yet delightfully flavorful late summer salad. Head over to PBS Food to get my full...
Chili Lime Grilled Corn Salad
Chili Lime Grilled Corn Salad
I’ve just returned from spending three incredible weeks cooking for some of the most influential people in the world on a ranch nestled in the mountains o...
Shiso Gyoza
Shiso Gyoza
There’s a special place in my heart for dumplings. Whether they’re fried, boiled or steamed, there’s a marvelous synergy that happens when you...
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Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

One of the first things I learned how to cook as a kid was a basic tomato sauce (a.k.a. marinara sauce). It’s the basis for so many dishes and sauces from lasagna to eggplant parmesan, and despite its apparent simplicity, it’s actually quite complex. What you add to the sauce and how you treat each…

Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)

Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)

Like most things in life, the rules of cooking aren’t set in stone, and there are always exceptions. I’ve never been a big fan of certainties, and so for this Soboro Don (そぼろ丼) I’m going to tell you do break the rules and do something unthinkable for a classically trained chef. In most cases, common…

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad

Sun-ripened tomatoes and smoky grilled eggplant are the stars in this simple, yet delightfully flavorful late summer salad. Head over to PBS Food to get my full post, including techniques on grilling eggplant, and making a tomato water vinaigrette. continue →

Chili Lime Grilled Corn Salad

Chili Lime Grilled Corn Salad

I’ve just returned from spending three incredible weeks cooking for some of the most influential people in the world on a ranch nestled in the mountains of western Colorado. The vistas were grand… the sunsets dazzling… and the night sky mesmerizing. Breathtaking views aside, the remoteness of the location made sourcing ingredients a challenge. With…

Shiso Gyoza

Shiso Gyoza

There’s a special place in my heart for dumplings. Whether they’re fried, boiled or steamed, there’s a marvelous synergy that happens when you take a savory filling and stuff it into what is essentially an oversized noodle. In Japan, nothing typifies dumplings more than Gyōza (餃子). Whether you’re walking down a restaurant lined alley, or…

Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey Lemon Chicken

It may not look like much, but this easy chicken dish was one of my favorite dishes growing up. It’s just pan-fried chicken with a honey sweetened lemon and tomato sauce, but for your pittance of effort, you’ll be rewarded with a plate full of tender morsels of chicken glazed in a delightfully comforting, sweet,…

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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…