Tonkatsu
Tonkatsu
Call me a geek, but I’m a bit obsessed with the history of food. Contrary to popular belief, even the most “authentic” dishes are often influe...
Chili Meatloaf
Chili Meatloaf
This is what happens when I’m craving two comfort foods at the same time. Instead of making both, I made a hybrid ultra-moist meatloaf with all the flavor...
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 ...
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Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu

Call me a geek, but I’m a bit obsessed with the history of food. Contrary to popular belief, even the most “authentic” dishes are often influenced by ingredients or techniques from other parts of the world. That’s because the journey of food parallels the journey of humankind, taking unexpected twists and turns, which bring ingredients…

Chili Meatloaf

Chili Meatloaf

This is what happens when I’m craving two comfort foods at the same time. Instead of making both, I made a hybrid ultra-moist meatloaf with all the flavor of a good chili con carne that’s been simmering away for hours. Head over to PBS Food for my full post and recipe. continue →

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”…

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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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