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.
Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

Mild winters aside, two of the things I miss most about living in California is having a backyard with a BBQ and getting a jump-start on summer’s first produce. This year I was lucky enough to spend the past month at my parents house in Napa. During that time, I shot photos for two cookbooks,…

Chicken Paprikash with Nokedli (Csirke Paprikás)

Chicken Paprikash with Nokedli (Csirke Paprikás)

Tender chicken paprikash stewed with onion, peppers, and Hungarian Paprika, served over a bed of nokedli dumplings. I love a thick hearty gulyás or a link of kolbász with székelykáposzta and have at times wondered if I may have been Hungarian in a past life. Or perhaps it’s just the convivial familiarity stemming from linguistic…

No Recipes vol. 15 (Mitsuwa & Macarons)

No Recipes vol. 15 (Mitsuwa & Macarons)

What do macarons and Japanese grocery stores have to do with each other? Not much, unless you happen to be making Pierre Hermé’s Macaron au Wasabi et au Pamplemousse, in which case you’ll need to find a fresh wasabi root and yuzu juice to add to the ganache. Such was the case, last weekend when…

Ristorante Da Valentino

Ristorante Da Valentino

We’d just gotten through an 8 course seafood dinner that included a whole chicken and whole crab when my friend Russel declared “I’m gonna take you to meet my Italian family man!” To understand the irony of this statement you should know that Russel, is literally a rockstar photographer who’s shot the likes of Michael…

A Giant Punch Bowl

A Giant Punch Bowl

2 trains, 1 plane, and 1 car ride later, I’m here in Sonoma, California! The sun is still warm as if clinging to the last days of summer, but the air is charged with a brisk hint of fall. After an extraordinarily long wait for baggage at SFO, I took the convenient “AirTrain” to pick…

No Recipes vol. 13

No Recipes vol. 13

It’s been ages since I last did one of these, so here are the “outtakes” from the past few weeks. The fact that they were outtakes shouldn’t dissuade you from making them, they just didn’t make the cut for various reasons, often because they involved leftovers. Tonight marked the end of the epic sauerkraut and…

Cherry blossom rice

Cherry blossom rice

Normally I don’t post about packaged things I make, but this was just so unique, I couldn’t resist. It’s rice that’s cooked in a broth make with cherry leaves and blossoms. Then when it’s done, you sprinkle some salted cherry blossoms on top. It’s a very spring thing to eat in Japan and I found…

Wallpaper Wednesday: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Wallpaper Wednesday: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Pasta Fazool

Pasta Fazool

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… That’s amore“. This 50′s era hit is one of my favourite songs when doing karaoke. I always manage to get a good laugh out of my audience belting out this Italian American classic at the top of my lungs. I’ve always told myself they…

Chicken Curry Recipe

Chicken Curry Recipe

Sometimes my creative process starts with an ingredient (like this one and this one), other times it begins with a clear vision of exactly what I want. Such was the case with this chicken curry. There’s nothing innovative, or even creative about this curry, it was just a craving I had one afternoon for something…