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C is for Cookie

Hello Readers!  I wanted to share with you a a few shortbread cookie recipes I tried out in February. After I got back from Hawaii and had eaten all my gourmet shortbread cookies from the Honolulu cookie company, I have been obsessed with them. All I can think about are those delightful little buttery cookies … Continue reading

Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

I’m not a huge fan of taking otherwise unhealthy recipes and trying to “healthify” them because generally you end up with an inferior dish that leaves you hankering for the real thing. In some cases, though, the original just lends itself very easily to a light-but-delicious version, like this chicken enchilada recipe. The few sub … Continue reading

Nước-Mắm and Nước Chấm Dipping Sauces

Fish sauce by itself is salty, pungent and overpowering. Only a true fiend (like my wife) would eat it in its raw form, although there are those rare Vietnamese dishes where you eat it pure. Otherwise, it is best used to salt a dish or to mix down into the delicious dipping sauces below. A … Continue reading

Thiṭ Nướng (Vietnamese Grilled Pork)

I was a little shocked to realize this is the first Vietnamese recipe I’ll be posting. I guess since I cook Vietnamese all the time I’m not as fascinated by it, even though I absolutely love the food and enjoy both cooking and eating it. It makes me wonder if Tom Brady ever gets tired … Continue reading

Cervezas Preparadas: When Bad Beer Goes Good

I’m no beer snob and am far from a brew expert, but I know a bad beer when I taste one. Inevitably, after hosting enough parties you’ll accumulate tons of random beers, some of which being the American “light beer” variety. Good news: these otherwise bland and unremarkable beers (as well as milder Mexican imports … Continue reading

Kim Chi Chronicles, Part One: Whole Napa Cabbage Kim Chi

Kim chi is one of those dishes that you can find in decent quality at any store, but will be blown away by when you actually taste an authentic, homemade version.  We’re lucky to live in Santa Clara because it is kind of considered the unofficial Korean Mecca of the South Bay.  You could spend … Continue reading

Cranberry Chutney

I love Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite eating holiday of the entire year and I love that almost everyone in America eats some variation of the same meal. There are a handful of dishes that I need to have for it to be a perfect and complete Thanksgiving meal. The turkey, of course, is a given. … 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

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