Sesame Seared Tuna with Lime Ginger Vinaigrette

In conjunction with my podcast with Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking. And true to the book’s goal, I didn’t use a recipe to develop the Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette for the Sesame Seared Tuna. After a quick check in the refrigerator, I had one good key lime and a nub of ginger…so following Ruhlman’s ratio …

Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushroom

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[imagebrowser id=9] As promised, here is the start of my Japanese Mushroom Lovefest Recipe Collection. The first recipe I made was a super-simple noodle dish that came from my #1 Japanese cookbook – The Japanese Kitchen, Kimiko Barber (hmmm…should we do a giveaway for this cookbook?) I used a mixture of these two Japanese Shimeji mushrooms: Though, if you don’t …

Japanese Mushroom Recipes

I’ve been playing around with Japanese mushrooms lately, having received a big box of them from Hokto Kinoko (read LA Times article on them) Look at these babies! From left to right, these are White Beech Mushrooms (Bunapi Shimeji), Brown Beech Mushrooms (Buna Shimeji), Maitake Mushrooms and King Trumpet Mushrooms (Eryngii) These are organic and grown in the United States …

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Ka Gai)

So a couple of weeks ago I was chatting online with one of my friends who has a food blog but doesn’t go by her real name so that she can hide her real identity. Because you know, food blogging is so much sexier when you’re STEALTH blogging. She said some people, herself included is freaked out about their names …

Tofu and Soba Noodles with Lemon Ginger Dressing

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If Heidi Swanson, cookbook author – Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways To Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking and food blogger of www.101cookbooks.com says that this is one of the very best recipes, you’d better believe it. In fact, you might as well cut this article out and make it this week. Heidi specializes in whole, natural foods, …

Pineapple, Kumquat and Ginger Crisp with Coconut Topping

photo of Pineapple, Kumquat and Ginger Crisp with Coconut Topping courtesy of The Art and Soul of Baking by Sur La Table If you haven’t noticed, I don’t do a lot of dessert recipes on Steamy Kitchen. It’s not that I don’t eat sweets, my waistline and scale will be the first to tell you that I probably indulge in …

Bribing You in the Steamyest Way Possible

Yes, I know Steamyest isn’t correct spelling, but I don’t like the way “Steamiest” just looks stupid. Do you see why I barely squeaked through grade school?? If I wasn’t doing this food thing professionally, my husband would think I was having a steamy love affair with the UPS guy, FedEx man and the Postwoman. Every day it’s like and …

Aged Black Garlic: a new superfood?

[imagebrowser id=3] View 7 photos in the above slide show Why is it that Asian ingredients that are “good for you” are so darn ugly and nasty sounding? Mom used to feed me and my brother bird’s nest soup, chilled frog jelly soup and countless other strange protein specimens that would probably make you wonder how I’m still alive today. …

Sushi Superhero: I lovehatelove him

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[imagebrowser id=4] There are 4 photos in the above photoset! All photos courtesy of Casson Trenor from his book, Sustainable Sushi I’m deeply, truly, utterly and fantastically in love with sushi. Well, let me be more specific. I love GOOD sushi, none of that supermarket crap. It’s an indulgence that I allow myself once a month (it’s sooo expensive!) and …

Fish so ugly only a grill could love

I was prepping for my regular segment on Tampabay’s CBS 10, and decided to feature seafood, just so I could show off this brag photo! I went to Cox Seafood, a local fishmonger in Tampa, highly recommended by my friends the Culinary Sherpas, to pick up some fresh seafood to talk about on-air. Since I’m all about teaching Andrew and …

Bonding over Instant Ramen

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There’s a special time in a parent’s life when you begin teaching your little tots the fine art of life. Like how to wiggle your way out of a ticket or jail time after rear ending a police car or maybe how to play with scissors discreetly. This morning, it was introducing Nathan to my ol college buddy, Maruchan Instant …