Stir Fried Beef and Nectarines

Click on image for a photoset of 9 additional images (including one shot taken with my point and shoot camera) I’ve also used peaches the same way – the firmer ones work well. Just cut your peach or your nectarine into thin wedges or thick slices – and add them to your beef stir fry. As in most of my …

A Nifty Trick: How To Peel and Cut Kiwi Fruit

These little fuzzy kiwi fruits are fussy to peel, because the skin is so incredibly thin, and a perfectly ripe kiwi is delicate to handle. But it’s still one of my favorite tropical fruits, as I love the sweet, tart, juicy fruit with the crunchy little black seeds! Wanna know my trick to peeling kiwi fruit? It’s super simple, the …

Broccoli Beef Recipe

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After moving out of the dorms in college, I found an apartment to share with 3 others. My job was to cook, and as long as what I put out on the dinner table was better than instant ramen, I didn’t have to clean the kitchen or vacuum. A mighty fine trade of labor, if you ask me! But then …

Club Med Salsa Mexicana and Guacamole

(click on the above photo for a slideshow of 11 photos with food photography/styling commentary) While at Club Med Ixtapa, I ate more chips, salsa mexicana and guacamole than possible for a person my size. A big plate like this accompanied almost every single one of my meals – breakfast, lunch and midnight snack. It was like the best ever …

Warm Fig, Apple and Gorgonzola Flatbread

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Update 12/8/09 I’m thrilled to share that I’m a featured blogger for Oprah’s Holiday 2009 where this recipe is being featured! *** While I love to make my own pizza or flatbread dough from scratch, sometimes I just don’t feel like getting my hands all messy with dough. I cheat a lot and buy packaged flatbreads from the supermarket and …

Artisan Steak Tasting

“So, have you ever thought about doing a steak tasting?” was the start of the first emails I’d gotten from Carrie Oliver of Oliver Ranch Company. I was intrigued, but wasn’t convinced that the taste of steak could go much more beyond the grades of tough Select, affordable Choice and out-of-my-budget Prime. I’ve also been able to pump up the …

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Browned Butter

(slideshow of 10 step-by-step photos that led up to the money-shot of the Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Browned Butter) My inbox is filled with emails from supporters of the “eating local” movement, urging people to consume food that is grown and produced in their local area. The movement is nothing new, for the past few years I’ve been reading …

Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Corn and Pepitas

I’m currently in Mexico at the beautiful ClubMed Ixtapa resort with my good friend, Diane of WhiteOnRiceCouple and my brother. It would be silly to call this a “work trip,” since we’ve done more relaxing, napping, eating and drinking than actually working, but I guess that’s the whole point of ClubMed, right? They’re hosting us for a wonderful Food and …

Lamb Chops with Curried Pears

See shot-by-shot commentary of photos that led up to the money shot. Rock Star Chef Kerry Simon A couple of weeks ago during a trip to Los Angeles, I bumped into rock star chef Kerry Simon at every kitchen fanatic’s dream bookstore, The Cook’s Library. What elevates Kerry to rock star status? Well, how about the fact that Rolling Stone …

Chinese Chicken Salad

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(click on photo for shot-by-shot food styling and photography analysis of some of the photos that led up to the “money shot”) Chinese restaurants in China don’t really have Chinese Chicken Salad on their menus, it’s a creation of Chinese-American restaurants! According to Cecilia Chiang, author of The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco(one of my …

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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When Elise asked me to be a guest writer for Simply Recipes, we decided to take Chinese favorites and make them better, lighter and easier to cook at home. So, I grabbed a take-out menu from the local Chinese restaurant and I will be working my way around those recipes for you. The first dish that popped out was Sweet …

Thai Curry Beef Skewers + Guest Writer for Martha Stewart

I’m a guest writer over at Martha Stewart Everyday Food! Have you been to their website? They’ve got thousands of recipes, all of them simple and perfect for dinner tonight. My kids made Thai Curry Beef Skewers and Grilled Banana with Dark Chocolate for them. Come on over to Martha Stewart Everyday Food’s website and take a look. The recipe …