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.
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…

Bánh Mì Thịt Xá Xíu

Bánh Mì Thịt Xá Xíu

I’m not a sandwich person, or at least I wasn’t… In high school, while my friends were piling into cars headed to Subway for lunch, I could be found walking alone to a nearby taco truck. For a long time, I just thought I didn’t like sandwiches. But as I grew up and had a…

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

I’m a savory breakfast person, for whatever reason I just can’t get behind the idea of scarfing down something sweet first thing in the morning. That’s probably why I tend to gravitate towards dishes like Eggs Benedict or Monte Cristo Sandwiches when I go out for Brunch. But it’s Huevos Rancheros that holds a special…

Kaleslaw

Kaleslaw

I’ve always been a firm believer that if there’s a dish I categorically don’t like, it’s because it’s been prepared wrong. That’s why I always give foods I don’t like a second, third, fourth…. try until I find a version that I do like. Such was the case with this Kaleslaw. I’ve never been a…

Fresh Strawberry Liqueur

Fresh Strawberry Liqueur

With strawberry season in full swing, I was passing by a fruit stand the other day when the intoxicating aroma of strawberries led me to a stack of strawberries which had just been marked down to ¥500 (about $4.20 USD) per case. The reason? They were all different sizes, a big no-no in quality conscious…

Arroz Amarillo

Arroz Amarillo

Arroz Amarillo or “yellow rice” is a playful and delicious Latin American dish that makes for a visually stunning side to dishes like Picadillo. Sadly, it often falls short on flavor, relying too heavily on instant mixes and flavor enhancers rather than the handful of basic ingredients it requires. Head over to PBS Food for…

Vegan Tonkotsu Ramen

Vegan Tonkotsu Ramen

Growing up, a steaming bowl of ramen was my panacea to mend a cold, the balm demanded to sooth my angst, and the pick-me-up needed after a rough day at school. Those perfect bowls of creamy porcine soup brimming with curly noodles were, for me, the quintessential comfort food. This is probably why I took…

Vegan “Egg” Salad

Vegan “Egg” Salad

Whether you follow a plant-based diet or not, it’s hard to deny the convenience of not having to hard boil and peel eggs to make an egg salad sandwich. This rich “egg” salad made with tofu has most of the texture and all the flavor of the egg based original and comes together without having…

Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo Sandwich

As someone who can’t put down a stack of pancakes without some ham, bacon or sausage to disrupt the sweet monotony, I love contrasts in food. While a delicious aroma or stunning presentation may entice you to take the first bite of something, it’s the contrasts that keep you going back for a second and…

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