Cod in Garlic-Ginger Broth

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I first met Melissa d’Arabian in Iowa during the winter. Why would a flip-flop wearing Florida gal travel to Iowa in January? It was a meeting to discuss bacon. I never miss meetings about bacon. Even in Iowa during winter! On the way home, Melissa and I sat across from each other on the plane. We were so engaged in animated …

Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans

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This past month, I’ve been to no fewer than 6 different bookstores – which is actually a difficult feat considering I live in a small town and all the local bookstores have closed (sob) actually, 4 of the bookstores were large airport bookstores (another sob – I don’t care much for traveling during the holiday season.) At each store, propped …

Warm Asian Potato Salad with Sesame & Fresh Chile Dressing

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24 hours ago, I was in Seattle. 31 hours ago, I was in a car with a certain red head who likes to make farty sounds with her armpit as we were driving back to the hotel. 33 hours ago, Elise, Ree and I hosted a party for 500-ish people. After an entire day of shopping, eating 5 dozen oysters, …

Split Pea and Ham Soup

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Usually sometime during the holiday, we’ll bake an entire bone-in ham. Split pea and ham soup is so surprisingly easy, especially in a pressure cooker. It takes about 3 minutes of chopping, 4 minutes of pressure cooking time and then 20 minutes to just let it sit. My friend, Wendy taught me her version, which actually comes from the back …

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 …

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 …

Grilled Tofu Salad with Miso Dressing

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It’s nearly mid-January and I’ve been working hard testing recipes, writing, photographing my next Steamy Kitchen book. Writing a cookbook is possibly one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done – even skydiving holds no candle to obsessing over creating perfect recipes and enticing photos for 12 months. I’ve enlisted one of my best friends, Kelly, to help me …

Grilled Steak and Tomato Salad with Rum Vinaigrette

Grilled Steak and Tomato Salad with Rum Vinaigrette Recipe

My husband, Scott, has quite an extensive single-malt scotch collection, which normally is off-limits to me and my kitchen. According to him, scotch is to be slowly sipped and savored, not poured or glugged into a sizzling pan as a base for a sauce. Our rum stash, on the other hand, is fine for me to experiment with. Scott likes …

Warm Bacon Potato Salad

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One of my husband’s favorite salads in the world – this Warm Bacon Potato Salad is a showstopper.