Jeweled Ingredients


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

Please…Try This at Home


After all, Charles Pham, chef at The Slanted Door in San Francisco, does.  Among the many wonders he helps create in the restaurant kitchen, Mr. Pham chooses to make Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken for himself, his family and his friends when he’s at home.  If it’s good enough to top an award-winning chef’s own menu,… Continue reading Please…Try This at Home

It’s All in the Sauce


When Cambodians make Chicken Samlá Curry they put everything into the soupy basting sauce – lemongrass, ginger, lime zest, garlic, coconut milk…everything.  Even the chicken itself luxuriates in the impossibly fragrant mixtures, absorbing all manner of wonderful tastes. One thing this “curry” doesn’t have, though, is curry itself.  The name is assigned to any number… Continue reading It’s All in the Sauce

Start of the Spice Road


Centuries before the outside world discovered chili peppers, traders devoted considerable time to bringing home peppercorns from Southeast Asia.  The journey was as arduous as it was lengthy, leading peppercorns, prized for their flavor and rarity, to be valued more than gold.  No matter whether peppercorns were loaded aboard a ship or transported by caravan… Continue reading Start of the Spice Road

It All Leads to This


August brings exuberant gardens yielding fresh basil, green beans and tomatoes by the basketful, and people firing up the grill in preparation for a balmy evening outdoors enjoyed with family and neighbors.  Plenty of good times and happy memories as we head into one final month of glorious weather.  This is summer’s moment. Today’s entry… Continue reading It All Leads to This

A Deep, Dark Secret


Gingerbread makes people happy.  Many of us cherish warm memories of making, decorating – and eating! – gingerbread people around the holidays.  The deliciousness and enticing aromas intertwine with nostalgia to bring many of us to a comfortable place when we think of those effervescent times. Today’s submission draws on that contentment and gives it… Continue reading A Deep, Dark Secret

Hope You Like Ginger


Of course, if you’re among the half of this page’s readers (myself included) who’s overcoming a chest cold, the ginger will clear your airways in addition to making this dish delicious.  If you’re fortunate enough not to be afflicted, just enjoy ginger’s sweet, fragrant bite. This recipe comes from Cambodia, a tropical land of perpetual summer,… Continue reading Hope You Like Ginger