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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Spaghetti Amatriciana

Spaghetti Amatriciana

Bucatini All’Amatriciana, like most authentic Italian pastas is a simple dish from Amatrice, where tomatoes are fried in the rendered fat from guanciale and tossed together with some cheese and Bucatini. But for me, cooking is about more than just following a rigid set of rules. It’s about working with what you have and making…

Blueberry Maple Cake

Blueberry Maple Cake

When it comes to breakfast, I’m all about savory dishes. But like love, or geopolitics, my breakfast cravings are never so black and white. One thing I can count on, is that when I feel like something sweet for brekkie, a stack of moist blueberry pancakes will fit the bill. The way the rich creamy…

Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

Nasu Dengaku (なす田楽) is a miso glazed eggplant dish popular in Japan in the middle of summer, when eggplants are at the peak of their season. Ironically, in a country that has dozens of varieties of eggplants, this dish is most often made with beinasu(米ナス) or “American Eggplant”. The thick meaty flesh of these bulbous…

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken

I’m not a big fan of seasoning mixes. They take up room in the spice drawer, and no matter how much I love a flavor combination I always end up tiring of the blend long before I’m able to use it up. But my biggest beef with these blends is that they often don’t taste…

Passionfruit Syrup

Passionfruit Syrup

True to its name, passion fruit has an intense aroma with a seductive allure. By turning it into a syrup it makes it easy to use in drinks, on pancakes and yogurt, and as a flavoring in baked goods. Head over to PBS Food to see my full post and recipe. continue →

Miso Glazed Chicken Wings

Miso Glazed Chicken Wings

We all know that wings are a crowd pleaser at any shindig, but with the summer heat, do you really want to be standing over a cauldron of boiling oil to please your friends? While these miso glazed chicken wings still involve a half hour of unattended simmering, it’s certainly better than deep frying, and…

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Travel

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market

Despite being up for almost thirty hours the day before, there’s nothing like jet-lag to get you up at 5am. Since it was still dark outside and there wasn’t much going on in Insadong, we decided to head over to Noryanjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장) to watch the fish auctions and grab a bite to eat.

Soy Cured Crab in Seoul

Soy Cured Crab in Seoul

Twenty seven hours after my day started in New York, I found myself at this old Korean house converted into a restaurant that specializes in soy sauce cured crab. The gobs of brilliant orange row are creamy and sweet, almost like uni (sea urchin), but with a more subtle flavor and delicate texture. The meat…

On My Way To Seoul

My trip to Asia started with a way-to-early-in-morning flight out of JFK, stopping over at SFO before heading across the Pacific to Incheon Airport in Korea. Check out the journey and a sneak peak at my first meal in Seoul!

The Ravenous Pig (Orlando Day 4)

The Ravenous Pig (Orlando Day 4)

Unlike New Orleans, Austin, or even New York, Florida doesn’t really have an indigenous cuisine. What it does have is an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and meat. Husband and wife couple Julie and James Petrakis, take the best of Florida and serves it up on a plate at their restaurant The Ravenous Pig. Having…

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