Scallop with Mustard Miso Sauce

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One of the seafood guys at the the local grocery store kinda gives me the heebs. He’s super-nice, friendly and helpful BUT as he packages up my seafood order, wraps it up in paper and hands it to me, he holds onto the package of seafood just a leeeeetle too long, winks at me and says, “You come back and …

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, …

Stuffed Miso Eggplant

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I got a nice surprise in yesterday’s mail – a copy of Where Women Cook: The Heart & Soul of Cooking published by the lovely, lovely Jo Packham. It’s a quarterly magazine sold at retail stores (most bookstores and I think I saw it at Costco and Target too), featuring women passionate about food, their kitchens and their stories. This month’s …

Zucchini Frittata Recipe

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I’ve known Giuliano, Lael and the girls since their early days of the blog. The Hazan’s live in Sarasota, Florida, just a few minutes hop down the interstate from us. If you’re not familiar with Giuliano, I’m sure you’ve heard of his mother, Italian cooking doyenne, Marcella Hazan, whom I was lucky enough to spend time with a couple of …

Miso Salmon with Orange and Fennel Recipe

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When we first moved into our house, I had carved out a small patch of land for the herb garden. Since the irrigation was a little messed up, the gardenette was close to a hose and small enough to be manageable daily. Once the main garden was built last October, I had transferred all my energy, plants and herbs into …

Super Frico Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Usually, the kitchen is loud….or should I say “lively” – the boys are running through with their Nerf guns, old-school Madonna playing on Pandora, me singing, “borderline….feels like I’m going to lose my mind…you just keep on pushing my love….” and Coco at my feet, waiting for me to drop a morsel of food as I fling my arms trying …

Garlic Noodles with Miso Butter

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This is a variation of one of the most popular recipes from my cookbook (Todd & Diane posted the recipe for Garlic Butter Noodles) and SteamyKitchen.com (Garlic Scallion Noodles). I’ve one-upped the recipe by adding in a spoonful of miso paste and throwing in fresh mushrooms, which is like upgrading from (okay, I just deleted a lame analogy of something …

Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onions

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Lamb is crazy-expensive at our markets, it’s actually cheaper to go to a fancy restaurants to order lamb chops than it is for me to cook at home.  Ground lamb prices are a little better, but still a splurge when compared to beef. Splurge I must (yum….lamb….) and decided that I need to fancy the lamb burger up with warm, …

Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

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The Chinese equivalent to bacon is Chinese Sausage, or “lap cheong” in Cantonese. If there’s one ingredient that will make brussels sprouts your most favorite vegetable, it’s Chinese Sausage (yes, even more so than bacon). Chinese Sausage is the secret ingredient to my fried rice – and hey, it’s sold on Amazon.com (actually, that’s a pretty good price $12.85 for a …

Miso Mashed Potatoes

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You know the beginning stages of falling in love? That exhilarating, “I’ll stop the world and melt with you….” feeling (that’s for my Modern English fans). Well, back on 8/8/08, my birthday a few years ago, I fell in love all over again with my husband. The morning of my birthday, he told me, “pack your bags, we’re going on a …

Easter Ham with Grilled Peaches

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[Those potatoes are Miso Mashed Potatoes Recipe] Don’t be intimidated by a big ol’ Easter ham. First of all, it’s fully cooked already (unless you’re buying country ham, which is an entirely different thing altogether) and all you’re doing is warming it back up, slowly. Seriously! You can do it! The recipes I create for ham are soooo simple, fruit …