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...
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 ma...
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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…

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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…