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 ...
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,...
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 ...
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 identit...
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 sausag...
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Fig and Endive Salad

Fig and Endive Salad

This simple autumn salad comes together in minutes and yet it presents well enough to serve for a dinner party. With sweet figs, salty ricotta salata, and a crisp bed of shredded endives dressed in a roasted almond vinaigrette there’s no shortage of flavors, textures and colors to keep senses stimulated. Head over to PBS…

Matsutake Gohan (Pine Mushroom Rice)

Matsutake Gohan (Pine Mushroom Rice)

In Japan, the seasons play a central role in determining the flavors and colors of the food. While greenhouses and modern transportation networks allow “seasonal” produce to be had all year round, there’s an irresistible draw to the fleeting seasonality of ingredients. That’s why there’s still a great emphasis placed on the seasons. Matsutake mushrooms…

Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

One of the first things I learned how to cook as a kid was a basic tomato sauce (a.k.a. marinara sauce). It’s the basis for so many dishes and sauces from lasagna to eggplant parmesan, and despite its apparent simplicity, it’s actually quite complex. What you add to the sauce and how you treat each…

Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)

Soboro Don (Chicken Rice Bowl)

Like most things in life, the rules of cooking aren’t set in stone, and there are always exceptions. I’ve never been a big fan of certainties, and so for this Soboro Don (そぼろ丼) I’m going to tell you do break the rules and do something unthinkable for a classically trained chef. In most cases, common…

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Salad

Sun-ripened tomatoes and smoky grilled eggplant are the stars in this simple, yet delightfully flavorful late summer salad. Head over to PBS Food to get my full post, including techniques on grilling eggplant, and making a tomato water vinaigrette. continue →

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…

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Wallpaper Wednesday: Gyeongbuk Gong in Fall, Seoul

Wallpaper Wednesday: Gyeongbuk Gong in Fall, Seoul

Autumn leaves at Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul, South Korea. Download wallpaper (2560×1714)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Night Cruise, Singapore

Wallpaper Wednesday: Night Cruise, Singapore

Cruise Ship at night from VivoCity, Singapore. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Shaanxi Road, Shanghai

Wallpaper Wednesday: Shaanxi Road, Shanghai

Lights passing by driving down Shaanxi Road, French Concession, Shanghai, China. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

Wallpaper Wednesday: Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

Prayer candles at Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

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