Eggplant with Red Pepper Relish

With summer finally here and the farmer’s markets filling up with delectably ripe fruits and vegetables, my dinner table has been a rainbow of colors as of late. This dish was inspired by my Caponata and is loaded with creamy eggplant topped with a vibrant confetti of crisp sweet bell pepper relish. It makes for … Continue reading “Eggplant with Red Pepper Relish”


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Mentsuyu (Japanese Noodle Soup Base)

Mentsuyu is an easy 4-ingredient Japanese seasoning used for making dipping sauces for cold noodles, hot noodle soups, dressings, stir-fries and stews.

Maitake Steak with Yogurt Sauce

I’ve always loved the intense meaty flavor of maitake mushrooms, but did you know they’re one of the few food based sources of Vitamin D? It’s a vitamin our bodies need to absorb calcium, so by pairing it with a calcium-rich yogurt sauce, this mushroom steak not only tastes delicious, it’s good for your bones … Continue reading “Maitake Steak with Yogurt Sauce”

Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad)

This easy Japanese sunomono uses just a handful of ingredients but has a great crunchy texture and sweet and sour flavor thanks to a few simple tricks.

On Air: Biz Buzz Japan – Wagyu

What is Wagyu? Why is it so expensive? How is Australian or US Wagyu different from Japanese Wagyu? These are questions we often ask ourselves when reading the menu at a steakhouse. In this episode of BizBuzz Japan, Jon Kabira, Lucia Vancura and I explore the world of Wagyu. Check out the schedule below for … Continue reading “On Air: Biz Buzz Japan – Wagyu”

Shrimp and Grits

With smoky garlicky shrimp on a bed of rich cheesy grits, this Shrimp and Grits recipe is easy delicious comfort food at its best.

Chocolate Rice Pudding

PBS has a great new show called Food – Delicious Science and the first episode covers the brain and how it drives cravings for certain foods. I can think of few things that are craved more than chocolate, so in the name of science, I made a chocolate rice pudding. Head over to PBS Food for my … Continue reading “Chocolate Rice Pudding”

Sukju Namul (Korean Bean Sprout Salad)

My tips for making the best Sukju Namul (숙주나물 무침), an easy Korean bean sprout salad that comes together from a handful of basic ingredients in just minutes.

Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

I’m a big fan of stuffing chicken breast meat with cheese with cheese to keep it from getting dry. This week I’ve done the same with chicken meatballs and they turned out even better than expected. Head over to PBS Food to read the full post and get my Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs recipe.