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Thanksgiving: The Aftermath

Thanksgiving. Just the word warms the cockles (whatever those are). Our Vietnamese family didn’t celebrate it much growing up, but when we did it was usually with random Vietnamese dishes, typically seafood. While schoolmates went on and on about their turkey, cranberry, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits, I quietly wondered if the Pilgrims ever … Continue reading

Gastro Gab: Interview with Kent Bui of the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito, CA

It seems like just yesterday my  brothers and I were playing Lazer Tag and hide and seek with him and his brother at my sister Julie’s house. Today, my nephew Kent Bui is half a dozen years into a career as a cook, currently as Cook 1 at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. Kent … Continue reading

Roasted Pork Loin with North Carolina BBQ Sauce and Miso Broccoli

This was a quick throw-together dish on a Saturday night.  Our friend Toni had come over to spend the day with us so I could share some healthy recipes, mix up some take-home marinades/rubs and cook something with her for dinner.  Our best laid plans were foiled when The Wife learned from our friend Taylor … Continue reading

Ready! Set! TCHO! Death by Chocolate

Anyone who’s seen “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has wished that they too could one day find that Golden Ticket and be whisked away into a magical world of ooey gooey chocolate goodness.  Unfortunately such a decadently sweet paradise only exists in books, movies and dreams, right?  WRONG! If you’re lucky enough to live near … Continue reading

Do You Believe in Magic? How About the Magical Powers of Dish Soap?

I know this posting isn’t about food – it’s more about what I use to get those pesky food stains out of clothes. Do you believe in Magic? How about the magical powers of Palmolive Oxy Plus dish soap? One night the husband was cooking, more like frying, something up and spilled grease all over … Continue reading

Too Many Cocks in the Kitchen

When it comes to cooking I love themed meals and events.  I’m not talking about an “Enchantment Under the Sea” BBQ or some such shit, but having something that ties together the food makes it more interesting and sometimes more challenging to pull together. Aside – I am making a personal plea to all my … Continue reading

Spicy Kale Chips

My friend Taylor recommended (commanded?) that I make kale chips after seeing my Dashi Miso Kale recipe. Since I still had a big bunch of Lacinato lying around and I was “working from home” today, I decided to give it a shot. Borrowing from a recipe at Kath Eats Real Food I came up with … Continue reading

Broiled Mackerel and Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Kale in Dashi Miso Sauce

Mackerel: Norwegian mackerel from Marukai Japanese Market in San Jose, CA. Quick cured and broiled, served with meyer lemon from Old MacDonald’s Farmer’s Market in San Jose, CA. Pork Tenderloin: From Marukai. Pan seared, then oven roasted and served with homemade ginger garlic teriyaki sauce. Kale in Dashi Miso Sauce: Lacinato kale from Sunnyvale Farmer’s … Continue reading

Quick Cured Broiled Mackerel

I’ve never been much of a mackerel fan, probably because my mom used to just boil it in water with fish sauce. That was an aroma that could clear a room quicker than a bomb threat. Then I discovered saba, the salted mackerel sushi, and I’ve been enjoying it in different ways ever since. Note: … Continue reading

Sauteed Kale with Dashi Miso Sauce

I’ve been hearing for a long time how kale’s one of the healthiest vegetables to eat, but the one time I snagged and ate a corner of a piece it was tough and mildly bitter. Little did I know that when cooked properly it not only has a great texture and flavor, but it also … Continue reading