Kitchen supplies don't need to be expensive to be good, often times the best things also happen to be the cheapest. Then there are times when you get what you pay for. I've picked out some of my favorite equipment, books and software here so you can see what I use in my kitchen and why.
Homemade Ramen Noodles

Homemade Ramen Noodles

If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you probably know I’ve been working on concocting the perfect bowl of ramen for quite some time. With the soup improving with each batch I made, I was starting to feel like the store-bought noodles were the weak link holding the entire bowl of ramen…

Creamed Corn and Sharp Cheddar Souffle

Creamed Corn and Sharp Cheddar Souffle

I’ve always avoided making souffles telling myself that they were too complicated. Somewhere in the back of my mind was a voice telling me how easily they can go wrong. I had a late lunch today and wanted something light for dinner. A picture of a light fluffy corn souffle entered into my head. Before…

Giveaway: Adobe Lightroom 4

Giveaway: Adobe Lightroom 4

***This giveaway has ended, but stay tuned for the next one!*** The winner of this giveaway is #74 in the spreadsheet, or Tara from Tara’s Multicultural Table Congratulations! So you’ve read my Adobe Lightroom 4 Tutorial and you’re all set to start making your food photos better, except you don’t own Lightroom 4? Well, here’s…

Red Curry Salmon in Cabbage

Red Curry Salmon in Cabbage

While it may sound like an odd combination, salmon, cabbage, and red curry makes for a delightful dish that looks as good as it tastes. By wrapping the salmon in satchels of cabbage, the tender leaves not only protect the salmon from drying out, they contribute a sweetness that helps bridge the gap between the…

Fantasy seafood pasta

Fantasy seafood pasta

It may be a person… place… or thing… but *everybody* has their safe haven; a refuge that humans seek when life seems ugly, dark, and unforgiving. My safe haven is in food. Today, I craved a dose of reality with a touch of rich indulgent fantasy and dash of sunshine. What I came up with…

Peanut Butter Chicken Tacos

Peanut Butter Chicken Tacos

I know what you’re thinking. “Peanut butter in a taco?!” It might sound a little crazy, but hopefully I’ve earned enough trust from you all over the years that you believe me when I tell you that it makes for an awesome combo. Moles(the Mexican sauce, not the burrowing rodent) traditionally use nuts and seeds…

Autumn Bento in Battery Park

Autumn Bento in Battery Park

I’ve never considered myself especially Japanese. I grew up in a largely Caucasian and Hispanic agricultural community in California, cooking meat and potatoes like everyone else. I never liked following the rules, and math was definitely not my strong suit — both of these, decidedly un-Japanese traits. Still, there are some aspects of myself that…

Tripe

Tripe

Other Names stomach, tripas, tripoux, trippa Description Tripe is a generic term referring to the stomach of various animals including cows, pigs and sheep. It’s most commonly used to refer to honeycomb tripe (pictured above) which is the second stomach of a cow, however the first and third stomachs can also be called tripe. Confused…

Ramp and Scallop Linguine

Ramp and Scallop Linguine

Linguine tossed with olive oil, ramps and scallops. Sometimes I feel like I blather on far too much about myself in the midst of telling you about my food adventures. Still, some of you have expressed an interest in learning even more about me and what makes me tick. I’m not one for navel-gazing, and…

Strawberry rhubarb crostata with lavender crust

Strawberry rhubarb crostata with lavender crust

While strawberries and rhubarb haven’t started showing up at the green market yet, they were being prominently displayed at Wholefoods today so I went ahead and bought some. To my surprise, the strawberries where incredibly sweet and flavorful and I had to stop myself from eating all of them so I could make this crostata….