Prepare Some Simple Japanese Potato Salad

Japanese Potato Salad

Whether it’s cameras, cars or TVs the Japanese have a tendency to take things invented in other countries and making them their own. This is especially true when it comes to food. Many “Japanese” dishes such as ramen, tempura and tonkatsu are more international in provenance than most menus would have you believe.

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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend with Honey Barbecue Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

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There’s just something about roast chicken, isn’t there? I mean, the scent alone of a chicken roasting in your oven is enough to bring neighbors over and evoke a sense of comfort and joy in the house.  Every time I roast a chicken, it makes me think of Sundays at my parent’s house growing up. Maybe I’m just from the South, but in my mind church and chicken go hand in hand.

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Discover the Aromas of Shungiku and Maitake Stir-Fry


Shungiku are the leaves of the Garland Chrysanthemum. They have a unique herbal flavor and are widely used all over eastern Asia. While they make a great addition to soups and stews, I love using them in place of spinach because they are similar in color and texture, but have a lot more flavor.

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Visit Local Farmers Markets with Jenna

Farmer's Market

Every Saturday morning is the same. I wake up, pull on my jeans and sweater and brace the morning fog that blankets over Northern California in the summer. I have one goal in mind: the farmer’s market.
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Travel Your Taste Buds to Spain with Sopa de Ajo

Sopa de Ajo

Last month I wrote about how Italians make clever use of stale bread by turning it into a salad. This month we go to the Castilla y León region of Spain where clever peasants of yore turned stale bread, garlic, and scraps of ham into a delicious soup.

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Drool Over Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

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There’s always a need for a chocolate chip cookie, don’t you think?

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Discover the Hungry Ghost Festival of Singapore

Almost every culture in the world has a holiday honoring the departed. In Japan there’s Obon, in Mexico there’s Día de los Muertos, and Catholics around the world celebrate All Souls’ Day. In China, and ethnically Chinese communities around the world, there’s the Hungry Ghost Festival. Since Singapore is such a melting pot of various culinary traditions, I enlisted the help of my friend Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of A Tiger In The Kitchen to tell us more about how the Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated in Singapore. She’s also shared a recipe for her aunt’s Teochew braised duck (see end of post).

Peng Kway

Peng Kway are rice cakes filled with shallots, peanuts and garlic wrapped with pink glutinous rice. (Photo credit: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan)

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Enjoy Flavorful Produce with Ratatouille


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The first dish I ever made in culinary school was ratatouille. I remember like it was yesterday. We were working on our precision knife skills, so everything had to be sliced and diced to perfection. I had no idea how just a simple stew of summer vegetables could be so flavorful and satisfying.

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