Which you will, when partaking of anything on the plate today. There are the string beans fresh from the pole, no matter whether you picked them yourself or bought them from a farmer who did. Then there are the sweet potato wedges, brushed with olive oil and grilled until they’re soft and fluffy on the… Continue reading Eat Fresh
Saying something is “just like chicken” has become something of a culinary joke by now, a sure sign the speaker lacks imagination or descriptive ability. Maybe so, but what if something is surprisingly similar to chicken? Especially when it’s not even meat? Cauliflower achieves such a feat when it’s prepared after the Lebanese fashion and… Continue reading Really, Just Like Chicken?
When making salmon cakes, particularly when using only a few key ingredients, the secret is to dice the fish in a variety of sizes. A relatively fine chop will bind the cake and will ensure the patty shape survives cooking and flipping, while broader cubes, pictured below, delight the palate with pure salmon richness:… Continue reading Big Chop, Big Flavor
Before you is risotto. Looks about right, especially with the shrimp. Smells good too, as there’s a faint trace of lemony freshness. Risotto is made with rice, right? Maybe it is, usually, but in this case, the grain of choice is a pasta, orzo. The pasta even looks like rice, it’s cooked al dente, just… Continue reading Master of Disguise
For the longest time, Thailand kept its secret. For centuries, in fact. There is a plant, called the pandan locally, that, when cooked, infuses food with a subtle and uniquely herbal sweetness quite reminiscent of vanilla. Pandan adds a soothing taste to candy and sweets; predictably, it is used for this purpose. However, it also… Continue reading Not Even in Restaurants
Those familiar with Thai cuisine know cooking is all about building layer upon layer of taste. This ensures each ingredient is distinct, identifiable and doesn’t get lost. Still, they make up a chorus of flavors all equally assertive, yet complimenting each other beautifully. That combination is no more exquisitely balanced than in today’s creation, Guay… Continue reading Jeweled Ingredients
Ever wish a steak salad came in convenient hand-held form, or wondered what peaches would taste like straight from the grill? No. Yes? Well then, this post is just for you, as today brings a couple preparations perfect for outdoor entertaining, particularly for summer patio parties! Start with just-seared steak, finished to a slightly-rare medium,… Continue reading Fire Up the Grill