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.
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”…

Kanpachi with Spicy Ponzu

Kanpachi with Spicy Ponzu

Hamachi, Kanpachi, and Hiramasa, are frequently referred to as “Yellowtail” at sushi restaurants, but did you know that only one of these is actually from the species Yellowtail Amberjack? This week over at PBS Food, I try to clear up the confusion and share a recipe for this delicious sashimi with spicy ponzu. continue →

Japanese Curry from Scratch

Japanese Curry from Scratch

In a country where you can get everything from hamburgers to lady’s undergarments out of a vending machine, it’s no surprise that home cooks have many convenient options when “cooking” a meal. For some dishes like Japanese curry (カレーライス – karei raisu), pre-made mixes have become the norm rather than the exception and a trip…

Chicken Rice Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Rice Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are usually more about presentation than anything else, but these roasted peppers stuffed with a flavorful chicken saffron rice are a match made in heaven. Head over to PBS Food this week for my full post and recipe. continue →

Spätzle

Spätzle

Spätzle (prounounced shpaetzli), also known as spätzli, nokedli or galuska depending on what part of Europe you’re in is somewhere between a dumpling and a noodle made of flour and eggs. I love these diminutive dumplings because they’re fun to make (think Play-Doh Fun Factory), and delicious. While I didn’t grow up in Central Europe,…

10 Asian Finger Foods for Super Bowl Sunday

10 Asian Finger Foods for Super Bowl Sunday

With game day just around the corner, I’m guessing I’m not the only one looking for snacks that don’t require utensils. Whether you’re rooting for the Seahawks or Patriots, here are some savory Asian snacks to spice up your Super Bowl Sunday. 1. Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups Let’s face-it, Super Bowl Sunday is not a…

Farro Pudding

Farro Pudding

This whole-grain take on a classic rice pudding is not only more flavorful than the original, it’s also loaded with fiber and minerals, so you don’t have to feel quite so guilty when you inevitably go back for seconds. Head over to PBS Food this week to check out my full post and recipe. continue…

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Unlike many Chinese-American favorites, which were invented by resourceful Chinese immigrants, Kung Pao Chicken (宫保雞丁) is a Sichuan classic that can be enjoyed to this day in China. If you’re expecting the mild vegetable and chicken stir-fry suspended in a sweet gravy that you’d get in the US, you may be in for a surprise…

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Making a quick lunch is easy enough, but making a quick lunch that’s truly delicious is an entirely different matter. This week over at PBS I’ve written about one of my favorite quick lunches: a chicken teriyaki bowl. With less than a handful of ingredients and cooking time in the single digits, it sets the…

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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