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A Steamy Interview with Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman’s  Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking is not a cookbook that I would normally add to my cookbook collection. First off, it’s got no color photos. It doesn’t even look like a cookbook…the front cover has complicated circles with all sorts of numbers and fractions going ’round and ’round. The only time I like …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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If only I had packed…

While I love being on vacation, I really really super hate packing. I’m the paranoid sort, and since having children, the disease has gotten worse. I hate being unprepared so I end up packing EVERYTHING. Abnormal weather patterns? I’ve stuffed an umbrella, snow parka, sunscreen and a down comforter right here in my bag. Chance of filleting a fish in …

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I’m Blushing a Shade of Pork

I did give them ample time to take back my #28 spot in Times U.K. 50 Best Food Blogs, just in case someone over there made an error in their research. I’m sure by now it’s official, because today, they’ve just published a feature on me If you read the interview, you’ll find out some juicy facts about me. Yes, …

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 …

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I swear we weren’t drunk…

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Okay, Stephanie Izard (last season’s Top Chef winner) and I weren’t THAT drunk. Club Med Insider: Interview with Stephanie Izard from Jaden Hair on Vimeo. I’m a food writer for Club Med Insider – you have to check that site out – as they sometimes give away free vacations <– ooooohhh I bet you could use a beach vacation right …