This recipe, my first attempt at a Paleo lifestyle, is not labeled as such. I like that because it makes me feel I'm just eating a super yummy meal I found on Food & Wine's website, featuring a hearty Italian dish contributed by Mario Batali. This dish comes together quickly after you get all the veg chopped up. It's hard to imagine a dish of sausages and sweet peppers being boring, but Mario bumps up the flavor factor another notch by stewing everything in a bit of red wine.Read More
As I "pen" this post, I'm munching on a cold carne asada burrito that I keep jabbing into a small, plastic condiment container filled with a fluorescent red/orange fermented chili sauce I picked up over two weeks ago at Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco. (Do not panic - it rode home from CA to AZ in a cooler filled with ice, it's currently harboring quietly in the fridge, and it's fermented, so ...) I try to dab delicately, as I only have one more of these little containers left, but it's so incredibly tasty and willpower and I don't get along well when I've got tasty chili sauce in front of me.Read More
Yesterday I hit up David Chang's Momofuku DC outpost - a place I've been longing to visit for as long as I've owned the Momofuku cookbook (long time). Yes, I had the pork belly buns. Yes I had the ginger-scallion noodles. Yes, I had the holy grail ... Momofuku Ramen.
That's a lot of food but luckily, I had reinforcements - I'm in DC visiting my good friends Pete and Hanna Robbins, and we met up with Pete's brother's family as well as his parents. I always look forward to meeting new people (and they were all delightful), but honestly I was truly hoping to capitalize on making them my food models.Read More
I've got my kitchen back!
The withdrawal was horrific and I apologize to those of you who were made to deal with my grumpiness - but we're back in business and cooking with gas!Read More
I know, I know, where the heck have I been? Off gallivanting around the countryside? Spot on, Sherlock - indeed I have. I readily admit I've run a bit amok the past few weeks and I've enjoyed every minute of it. The next several posts will be all about roadtrip food adventures. I recently went to Chicago for a design conference (more about that soon) but before I pointed the Edge due east (flying is for the birds) I actually made a quick trip south - stopping in Flagstaff, Arizona before continuing on to Phoenix.Read More
There are two givens in the tiny northern Arizona town where I live: it is windy (always, every year, without fail) from March until June, and you learn to cook with what you can find at the one (one!) grocery store in town.
This means your hair is always a mess, and you learn to live with the fact that you can't always get what you want (thanks, Rolling Stones). I blog often about the difficulties I face sourcing specific ingredients in this one-horse town, and my patience was tested again recently when I tried to hunt down flank steak for the cold Vietnamese rice noodle salad, bunRead More
Every home cook, after a certain amount of banging about in the kitchen, aspires to become better. At least, they desire to become better or they throw in the towel and go back to ordering take-out.Read More
The soup dumpling - something I obviously did not know I couldn't live without, thanks to Lucky Peach and all their slobbering over dumplings recently [I'm only half-mad, Lucky Peach, you taunting, teasing little weasel]. Living in northern Arizona, I don't often come across a good dumpling, much less "xiao long bao". Leave it to the Chinese to turn a soup with dumplings completely on its head.Read More