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.
Vanilla Caramel Brownie

Vanilla Caramel Brownie

There are plenty of recipes out there claiming to be the “ultimate brownie”, but like most things in life, the qualities that make for the ultimate brownie are a matter of personal preference. I like my brownies, dense, chewy, sweet (but not heartburn inducing), and with robust chocolate flavor that packs a sensory wallop. With…

Mongolian Beef Pasta

Mongolian Beef Pasta

This Mongolian Beef Pasta, is another one of those “what if” thought experiments that turned into a delightful weeknight pasta. With marinated beef, bell peppers, scallions and plenty of garlic stir fried before being tossed with pasta and the sweet spicy sauce, this dish comes together in about the time it takes to boil the…

Kimchi Risotto

Kimchi Risotto

I know, risotto made with kimchi, Gruyère and sushi rice sounds like a crazy combo, but before you write me off as delusional, hear me out. This risotto has a stunning color and pleasant tang not unlike a tomato risotto, but the fermented kimchi adds dozens of layers of complexity which are all unified by…

Southwest Tofu Scramble

Southwest Tofu Scramble

I know I probably confuse some of you with my regular flip flopping between vegan dishes and hardcore carnivore fare, but I assure you it’s not an identity crisis, nor is it a misguided effort to lose weight. What it often comes down to is what I have in the refrigerator, and on this particular…

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Along with the Banh Mi and the Monte Cristo, the Po’boy is among my favorite sandwiches of all time. Although they can be filled with anything from sausages to roast beef, I’m a fan of the ones with fried seafood such as oysters, catfish or shrimp. “Dressed” with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and a generous…

Instant Berry Sangria

Instant Berry Sangria

Although summer’s just getting started here in Tokyo, the humidity makes it feel as though I’m constantly wrapped in a luke-warm wet blanket. After spending my past few summers up in Hokkaido where it only hits 80 degrees F on a very hot day, I can already tell I’m going to hate the summers here….

Masala Omelette

Masala Omelette

Easy to throw together with ingredients you probably already have in the fridge, this is one of those mood-altering breakfasts that changes the outlook of your whole day on those mornings where you just don’t feel like getting out of bed. Loaded with sweet vegetables like onions and peppers and an ample dose of warm…

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chow Mein

Although I’m definitely more of a noodle person (as opposed to a rice or bread person), Chow Mein has never been a dish that’s drawn my attention at Chinese-American restaurants. If given a choice my noodle order inevitably veers in the direction of Chow Fun or Singapore Noodles. That’s probably because most Chow Meins I’ve…

Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu is one of those magical dishes where a few simple ingredients come together in a harmonizing synergy that elevates the dish from humble to divine. It’s made with blocks of soft tofu that are coated in a thin layer of potato starch before being lightly fried. Then, the tofu is served in a…

Working From My Happy Place

Working From My Happy Place

I was recently given a HP Stream 8 with Intel Inside®, along with an opportunity to work from my happy place. I accepted the challenge and used the chance to escape the orderly chaos of Tokyo, temporarily relocating my office to a secluded stretch of beach just outside Kailua on the Hawaiian island of Oahu….

Island Burger

Island Burger

One of the great things about being a full time food blogger is that I can work from anywhere. At least in theory… The reality is that it’s not all that different from any other job in 2015. Sure, I get to spend some of my time in the kitchen, but between writing, editing, retouching,…

Tropical Beef Salad

Tropical Beef Salad

I love me some hangar steak, but it can be a bit tough. The marinade for this salad, with lemon grass, garlic, kaffir lime leaves and kiwi not only tenderizes the meat, it imparts some marvelous flavor that’s the perfect savory accompaniment to the sweet mango and creamy avocado in the salad. Hit the link…

Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Simple and yet utterly irresistible, fried dough has to be one of the most inspired culinary innovations of all time. Whether it’s a light-as-air donut wrapped in a glistening maple glaze, or a crisp beignet piled high with a mountain of powdered sugar, when done properly, these caloric treats can be divinely good. But as…

Sriracha Chicken

Sriracha Chicken

This easy hot, sweet and savory chicken is glazed in a caramelized coating of piquant sriracha and pungent ginger with a subtle sweetness from the addition of maple syrup. It comes together in less than 10 minutes and makes for a delicious weeknight meal along with some veggies and a bowl of steamed rice. Head…

Red Onion Jam

Red Onion Jam

This onion jam is super versatile and delicious, which is why I always like to have a jar in the fridge. It makes for a delightful contrast to a spicy Indian curry, and is a delicious sweet condiment slathered onto a bacon cheese burger. It’s also great to have on hand when you have last-minute…

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