Review: Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown Rice

Review: Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown Rice

One of my most popular posts on this site is How to Cook White Rice in the Microwave. It's a real time-saver and I kept getting requests about brown rice. So I just recently tested and posted that! Check out How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave (it takes only 30...

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How to Make Curly Green Onion Garnish

How to Make Curly Green Onion Garnish

How many times have you just pushed aside that little sprig of herb garnish the chef throws on? The garnish provides a little flair and color to a dish (and if I'm paying $24 for an entree, it better have flair). Thrifty Asians know better than to just flick off the...

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How to Make Kimchi

How to Make Kimchi

I. LOVE. KIMCHI. I love it on rice, in tacos (and just for the record, I did this before Kogi even!), I love it with seaweed, rice and spam (okay, don't roll your eyes....it's GOOD!), in soups (Kimchi Jigae) and to spice up midnight instant noodles. But I've never...

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All About Real Fresh Wasabi

All About Real Fresh Wasabi

Do you enjoy wasabi with your sushi? If you dine at sushi restaurants here in the U.S., chances are the green paste served is not real fresh wasabi, but rather regular horseradish with green food coloring. Today's guest post is from my friend Tim Mar, owner of an...

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Salmon Burger Recipes + video on how to form patties

Salmon Burger Recipes + video on how to form patties

I love me a good salmon burger! Or crab cake or lobster cake. Or....okay, okay, I LOVE SEAFOOD! But one of the hardest things about making seafood burgers (or patties) is keeping the darn thing together while its on the grill or cooking in the pan. There's nothing...

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Artisan Beef Burger Tasting

Artisan Beef Burger Tasting

Carrie Oliver knows her beef. And luckily, she's one of my very good friends and loves to send me on happy beef adventures, including an Artisan Steak Tasting a couple of years ago and more recently an Artisan Burger Tasting, which I actually enjoyed even more. If...

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How to Dry Age Steaks at Home with UMAi Drybag

How to Dry Age Steaks at Home with UMAi Drybag

How to dry age steaks at home What you'll learn: How to dry-age steaks at home, with results just like expensive restaurants Use inexpensive vacuum bags designed just for dry aging beef, use your own vacuum sealer Honest review of the UMAi Dry Aged Artisan Steak Kit...

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How Artisan Japanese Sake is Made

How Artisan Japanese Sake is Made

Many of you know that Japanese sake is made from rice, but did you know that premium artisan sake is done mostly by hand? Very little machinery is used, which is why this is a true art form. I'm continuing my series on Premium Artisan Japanese Sake and this post is...

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All About Japanese Sake

All About Japanese Sake

  As much is I love everything Asian, I really didn't get into exploring world of fine Japanese sake (SAH-keh) until just recently. A little over a year ago, I had a chance to sneak into a meeting with a sake sales representative, Morgan Hartman. Morgan was...

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Sushi Superhero: I lovehatelove him

Sushi Superhero: I lovehatelove him

[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...

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Fish so ugly only a grill could love

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...

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How to Sharpen Your Knives

How to Sharpen Your Knives

ch um...okay, I lied. I'm not going to talk much about SHARPENING knives...but rather HONING or STEELING your knives. But I think most home cooks think that using the rod pictured above is for sharpening. Read on - I've interviewed Chad Ward, a knife expert and author...

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Long Life Fertility Noodles Recipe with Happy Shrimp

Long Life Fertility Noodles Recipe with Happy Shrimp

    The Chinese culture is filled with food traditions and symbolisms, so much in fact that I could never keep up and remember them all. During the entire 6 days surrounding my wedding, I deferred to my mother to tell me what to eat to please the Gods of...

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Fresh Ginger Tips

Fresh Ginger Tips

During cooking classes, my students always say that they love the taste of fresh ginger, but complain that it's a pain in the butt to peel and chop! Half of the students shamefully admit that they buy the pureed stuff that comes in a jar or tube. Eeewwww! Call me a...

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Making Your Own Flavored Salts

Making Your Own Flavored Salts

One of the easiest ways to elevate your cooking to another level is to use flavored salts, or finishing salts. No recipe needed, really. Flavor + Salt = Flavored Salt. REALLY!!! I know you just had a V-8 moment just now (wow. that sure dates me. does anyone know what...

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How to make sushi temaki handrolls

How to make sushi temaki handrolls

My Sushi for One dinner Last week I taught a hand-on sushi class with 20 students in the studio kitchen. We had such a fun time making Temaki hand rolls, large inside out rolls and small Maki "cigar" rolls. Of course we had leftover ingredients, so the next evening I...

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Baking the Perfect Loaf of French Bread

Baking the Perfect Loaf of French Bread

Secrets to Perfect Loaf of French Bread in 3 Hours Usually, my stand-by recipe is the No Knead Bread (because its so darn easy) but it does require you to mix the dough at least 12 hours prior. When I only have a three hours, this is my recipe which is based on...

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