French Carrot Fennel Salad

French Carrot Fennel Salad Recipe

  I’ve known Béa, author of La Tartine Gourmande blog, ever since I first started blogging. The first time I saw her blog, I was just blown away – every photo made me daydream that I was on some kind of gorgeous picnic in heaven! (they do have picnics in heaven right?!) All these years of corresponding with Béa via …

Green Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

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This recipe was originally slated for my cookbook, but I seem to have too many recipes already slated for the Vegetable chapter, so I’m puttin’ it here and sharing with you on the blog. Learning a good stir fry technique for home cooking is important – it will save you from throwing out the odds and ends of vegetables in …

Seafood Miso Noodle Soup

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A couple of weeks ago, we had a massive Temaki sushi party with friends. If you’ve never been to one, I highly suggest making friends with the fine folks at I Love Blue Sea  or head over to Casson Trenor’s site, Sustainable Sushi and host a sushi party of your own. Since I’m a type of person who always over-cooks for dinner parties …

Steak with Kimchi Butter

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A couple of years ago, Todd, Diane and I flew to NYC to work on a small video project with the French Culinary Institute. We met up at the hotel on the first day and after a 14.63 second hello, we jumped into a cab and headed to Momofuku Saäm Bar. If you know us, food is on our minds …

Scallops with Apricot Sauce

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I was sent a lovely note from blog reader, Carol, requesting a recipe for scallops with a lovely fruity sauce. It’s a dish from Blackfin Bistro, a restaurant in Key West, but sadly they no longer have it on the menu. Don’t you hate that? Fall in love with a restaurant’s dish and then it disappears from the menu! Fortunately …

Tofu and Mushroom Miso Soup

Tofu and Mushroom Miso Soup Recipe

As my many house guests can attest to, I am not a breakfast eater (unless I’m hung over, then a 1/2 pound of bacon will be devoured quickly). When Diane and Todd were over, the first thing my boys did right after waking up in the morning was run over to the cottage to wake them up and drag them …

Frito Pie with 1 Hour Texas Chili

Frito Pie Recipe with 1 Hour Texas Chili

So, here’s the dilemma: When I freak out, I procrastinate. When I procrastinate, I shop. When I shop, I get hungry. When I get hungry, I eat. When I eat too much, I freak out. Okay, freaking is a bit too strong of a word, but it certainly is an emotionally charged word and certainly helps justify the destructive chain of events that …

Miso Ginger Asparagus

Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

A reader asked me what miso paste tastes like, while she has enjoyed miso soup at Japanese restaurants, she couldn’t quite imagine what cooking with miso paste would be like. So what flavor dimension does miso paste add to a dish? If I had to just choose one single word, I’d say “umami” which is just a fancy foodie term …

Crepes with Salted Lemon Butter Caramel

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I’ve been pretty quiet on the cookbook development front – other than announcing that I scored a cookbook deal with a publisher that produces some of my very favorite books, Ten Speed Press, I haven’t shared much. I think most authors will agree, the process of writing a book isn’t terribly exciting, it takes a lot of discipline (which I …

Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

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Bacalao, pronounced [bah-kah-LAH-oh] is Portuguese dried, salted cod fish. Before refrigeration, fish was dried and preserved in salt to keep in the cellar. There are hundreds of variations of bacalao recipes, but my favorite has always been Bacalao con Patatas (bacalao with potatoes) – however I don’t make it much at home because traditional recipes require too many steps and forethought for …

Chinese New Year Recipes

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January 23rd is the Year of the Dragon! Year of the Dragon Prediction (from Chinese Fortune Calendar) “Dragon is a legendary animal and it is symbol of emperor in China. Since the Dragon is coated with mysterious color, Chinese consider that the dragon is unpredictable, untouchable and people cannot see its head and tail at the same time. Therefore, we can …