With rainy days, I’m typically at home cozying up to my blanket on my sofa watching Chef’s Table on Netflix. And just for added ambiance, it’s always nice to be braising meat in the oven for that enticing aroma.
For that, beef cheeks are one of my favorite go-to cuts when I can find them […]Read the full post →
Santa might find a lot of snickerdoodles on the plate on Christmas eve, but surprise him with a subtle kick of chai like these chai snickerdoodles I baked for the holidays recently.
They’re a recipe from the Raw Spice Bar, which sells spices online. I used its chai spice blend that gives you that complex […]Read the full post →
I’ve been dying from seeing all the Dungeness crab posts on social media lately. Crab season in the San Francisco Bay Area only started last week and people have been eating up a storm without me. I guess they were all making up for last year’s disastrous, nearly non-existent crab season when warm waters made […]Read the full post →
Halloween over the years has really turned into more of a party for the adults than the kids.
So when I started seeing red beets in the farmers markets lately, the bleeding red that typically happens when cooking with beets inspired me to create this dramatic pasta dish for a very adult-like Halloween dinner.
A few months ago for my birthday my brother got me a 10-inch Staub cast iron skillet, which looks so sleek with its dark cast iron interior and French red enamel exterior.
But I actually never got around to using it until this weekend, when I decided to make a frittata inspired by a delicious […]Read the full post →
I want to start a movement now to make gai lan the new kale.
Gai lan (pronounced GUY-LAHN) is also known as Chinese broccoli and you see them often at the Asian grocery stores. They’re a dark, leafy green with texture just like broccoli but they don’t have the mushroom-style caps of broccoli. This is […]Read the full post →
I recently did something I haven’t done in years — deep fried chicken!
Regular followers of this blog know I have an aversion to deep fried foods, and generally avoid making them and even ordering them at restaurants. But last weekend I was going to a potluck with my food blogging crew — Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging, […]Read the full post →
This upcoming weekend is the July Fourth holiday and as the original “Brexits,” why not celebrate with … salmon!
I know, not the most likely of proteins for an independence day table, but I love salmon so much I find any opportunity to grill it. In fact, I made this exact same recipe during the […]Read the full post →
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a cooking video, so when I realized I still had a package of pickled mustard greens in the refrigerator, I decided to whip up one of my favorite Northern Chinese-style dishes and filmed it for you all!
You’ll see this pork with pickled mustard greens noodle […]Read the full post →
The unofficial start to summer is just a week away with Memorial Day right around the corner, and I’m excited because summer gives me free rein to eat a lot of BBQ and grilled items, even if I don’t own a grill.
This recipe for honey hoisin glazed spare ribs is the last in my recipe […]Read the full post →
I don’t think there’s a better dish to celebrate the pure chicken-ness of a good chicken than Hainanese chicken rice.
If you’re not familiar with this dish, it’s extremely popular in Southeast Asia. In fact, even though it was created in Hainan — an island province in Southern China — it was adopted by other nearby Asian […]Read the full post →
Seems like Hawaiian poke is everywhere! The food media is writing about it and poke-centric restaurants seem to be popping up lately in San Francisco. (They’re apparently all over the place already in San Jose and LA.)
For the uninitiated, poke (pronounced POH-kay) is the Hawaiian delicacy of cured raw fish, often ahi […]Read the full post →
There’s something relaxing about visiting a farm, seeing the green grassy fields and animals roaming freely and, what I imagine, happily.
Even on the overcast day that I found myself at Napa Grass Farmer, there was a simplicity that we urban-9-to-5ers always wish for because, well, the pasture is always greener on the […]Read the full post →
Last night I went to my friend Jeanne’s home for a themed potluck dinner that highlighted the cuisine from Sicily, Italy. When we got the invite, most of the other people signed up for the typical courses like pasta and dessert, so Jeanne said I could bring the salad.
When I think of Italian dinners, […]Read the full post →
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