I have eaten this multiple times over the past week, and am still not sick of it. It works beautifully on its own as a side dish. For an easy lunch I stir in some chickpeas sauteed with curry powder and cumin seeds. For a dinner party, it is great under Asian-marinated meat or chicken skewers.
July 18, 2014 No Comments
Note: I am finally shutting down the old, ugly, 1.0 version of this site so I am re-posting some of my favorite recipes over here. This is a keeper!
I rarely make lemon desserts, because lemon isn’t my favorite dessert flavor, even though I love it in savory applications. But when one of my best friends asks for lemon birthday cake, by all means, I will make him lemon birthday cake.
July 14, 2014 No Comments
July 10, 2014 No Comments
Since tonight I officially returned to my Italian lessons after a 6 month hiatus, I was inspired to share my Rome travel guide. I have emailed this list of recommendations to so many people, but somehow it has never made it onto the blog. I’m excited to report all of my favorite things to do and eat in Rome, organized by neighborhood. I can’t wait to go back so I can expand this list even further!
Centro Storico [Read more →]
July 7, 2014 No Comments
I had really high hopes for this Fourth of July flag cake, but it did not turn out as well as I’d hoped. I would not rate it a total fail, but it’s definitely on the fail side of winning. A semi-fail, if you will.
The thing is, America is far from perfect so perhaps a highly imperfect cake is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July (especially this year.)
July 1, 2014 No Comments
June 30, 2014 No Comments
I thought I had seen and tasted most of Maui by now, since we keep going back again and again – but on our most recent trip, I found even more fantastic things to eat. I was especially wowed by the new-ish Star Noodle, which we went back to multiple times. I wish I could go there right now. It’s in a weird warehouse-y area and seems an unlikely spot for the best food in Maui, but I definitely think it’s a contender. The Filipino “Bacon and Eggs” was one of my favorite dishes.
June 27, 2014 No Comments
I am almost always disappointed by a crouton. It is too big, too hard, too crumbly, too dry. It is not good. It should get out of my salad already.
And even in a fancy store, you think: OK, these are like 7 bucks a bag, and I’m in a fancy store, so they’ve got to be good.
And then they are not good.
But there is so much potential there! I mean it’s basically bread, oil, and herbs – so why is that not working out better? And is this the best we can do? Stale tasting, tooth-shattering, dust bombs adorning our salads?
June 24, 2014 No Comments
The first thing you might notice when you read this recipe is that there is no actual barbecuing involved. The “barbecue” is really a flavor element here – not a methodology. Why? I don’t know. It just is. Ask Paul Prudhomme or something. I’m from San Francisco, for Pete’s sake. What the hell do I know about it?
June 17, 2014 No Comments
My last post was all about eating and drinking in the North Vietnamese city of Hanoi. One of the dishes I mentioned was the famous Cha Ca – a catfish dish served in sizzling oil and flavored with turmeric and dill, an odd-sounding combination. It comes with lots of cooked scallions and fresh dill, and is accompanied by roasted peanuts, rice noodles, and fresh leaves of basil, lettuce, cilantro, and mint.
June 14, 2014 2 Comments