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.
Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

I really hate wasting food, maybe it comes from growing up seeing sponsor-a-child commercials as a kid, or maybe I just love food too much to throw it away. Whatever the case, I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out ways to use up neglected odds and ends. But using up left-over ingredients is only a…

Weekday Winery Hopping

Weekday Winery Hopping

Whether it’s booking the flight, or planning my itinerary, I like to be spontaneous about my travel plans. Sure, I’ll do some basic research before the trip, but planning out every minute detail is akin to watching all the trailers for the latest Michael Bay flick before heading to the theater, or reading CliffsNotes for…

Segedínský Guláš (Pork & Sauerkraut Goulash)

Segedínský Guláš (Pork & Sauerkraut Goulash)

It was February and I was only in Prague for a few days, so I’d spent the day freezing my butt off wandering around the old city taking in the sights. My ears ached with cold, my legs were wobbly with exhaustion and in a rare moment for me, fatigue reigned over hunger and I…

Chili Lime Grilled Corn Salad

Chili Lime Grilled Corn Salad

I’ve just returned from spending three incredible weeks cooking for some of the most influential people in the world on a ranch nestled in the mountains of western Colorado. The vistas were grand… the sunsets dazzling… and the night sky mesmerizing. Breathtaking views aside, the remoteness of the location made sourcing ingredients a challenge. With…

Kuromame (black soy beans)

Kuromame (black soy beans)

Growing up in a mixed ethnicity household in California, we tended to observe more western holidays than ones from the homeland, but o-shougatsu (Japanese New Year’s) was one notable exception. Perhaps it was because my mother and I were both motivated by food, or maybe it was the opportunity to bond over something that neither…

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is one of my favourite fall-back meals when there is nothing else to eat in the fridge. All you really need is some dried pasta, cured pork, good cheese and a fresh egg to pull off a delightfully rich and satisfying meal. It’s one of those dishes where less is more, so…

What’s in your kitchen?

What’s in your kitchen?

When it comes to cooking over at a friend’s place, there’s nothing worse than staring at a pile of potatoes with nothing but a dull carving knife to peel them with. This is why I often go toting a box of kitchen basics along with the ingredients. Some act insulted by the insinuation (they usually…

Green tea pulled pork

Green tea pulled pork

Still lingering on tasty memories of Michelle’s last BBQ, I was craving smokey pulled pork in a big way this weekend. So much so that I actually got my ass out of bed at 9 am on a Saturday to head over to Chinatown to pick up a big ole pork butt. Pork butt for…

Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chipotle Chicken Chili

As a kid, when I heard the word “chili” it brought up images of brown chunky mush that looked (and smelled) like something you would feed a furry four legged companion. Between the gas inducing kidney bean “chili” that came out of the kitchen at home and the cans of Hormel that friends would warm…

5 Memorial Day Recipes

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to dust off your grill, clear the ash from the catch pan and get your coals glowing for Memorial Day. In case you’re visiting from another country and are wondering what Memorial Day is all about, it’s a US holiday dedicated to the memory of the men…