It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time for squash…and lots of it. By the time you have finished reading this, I’m hoping I have convinced you enough that you pick up your keys and head to your closest market to grab some squash for dinner tonight.
I don’t know if it’s my Asian lineage that makes me genetically predisposed to having an affinity for rice, but I love rice dishes. Whether it is risotto, wappa meshi, Hainanese chicken rice, or rice pudding, I can’t get enough of the humble grain.
Paella is another one of my favorites, not just because of its simple one-pot preparation, but because of the depth of flavor you just don’t see in most rice dishes. It’s also great because you can make it using a nearly infinite combination of meats, seafood and vegetables.
Let me introduce you to lemon linguine, one of my new favorite side-dishes. This creamy, lemony pasta pairs perfectly with roast chicken or pork. It’s also a great light meal on it’s own. The best part? Just how easy it is to throw together!
Crisp cups of lettuce filled with savory, sweet and spicy chicken make for fun party bites, but they’re also great for a quick low-carb meal that’s more filling than a salad. It’s a common weeknight meal at my house because it’s easy to prepare and you can get creative with the filling.
I’m not a huge red meat person, but sometimes a girl has just got to have a steak. This sandwich is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it! A good steak sandwich is a wonderful thing, indeed.
I first had these potato cakes at a croquette shop in the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. It was sold as “potato mochi” and although I wasn’t really hungry, my curiosity got the best of me and I ordered one to go. Crisp on the outside, and soft and creamy on the inside it was glazed with an addictively sweet soy sauce and wrapped in a piece of nori, kind of like how I used to eat rice cakes as a kid.
It’s finally time! Time for pumpkin bread, that is. The first cans of pumpkin puree have been sprouting up all over grocery stores this past week, and I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate their arrival than baking up a batch of this moist, delicious pumpkin bread!
Sometimes inspiration comes during a daydream, other times an inspired pairing another chef prepares gets the gears turning in my head. This week though, it was all about the ingredients.