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Grilled Peaches with Ras Al Hanout and Ginger Beer Reduction

This sounds fancy but is actually a slam dunk to make, especially if you use a packaged spice mixture. The combination of sweet, pungent and spicy is pretty addictive. You could serve it as an appetizer or as part of a light dinner with a salad or a meze. It seems like it would enjoy …

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Vietnamese Sandwiches (Including Seattle Reccomendations)

Banh Mi Chay – Vietnamese Tofu Sandwich

If you are already an afficionado of Vietnamese sandwiches, aka Banh Mi, you probably don't need to read any further. But if you haven't had them, you have been missing out on one of the all time delicious and cheap eats. My wife and I have …

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Vietnamese Caramel Cooked Tofu – Video Recipe

Caramel-Cooked Tofu

Caramel-cooking is a classic Vietnamese method that produces a rich, lacquered sauce. When I sent this recipe out for field testing with blog readers, it got so much great feedback that I knew I wanted to share it with you as a video.

The key to having it taste complex, not just sweet, is to …

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Mexican Panzanella Salad

The idea for this is based on a Rick Bayless recipe title, but I didn’t have it in front of me this weekend. Hmm, and actually looking at his chayote-based recipe now, they really have nothing in common. We were in Friday Harbor Washington, which is on San Juan Island in Puget Sound, on S’s …

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Cucumber, Zucchini & Mint Salad

This is a salad I made up  when a friend invited me to a barbecue with 45 minutes notice. The combination of cucumber and zucchini was a happy accident; if I’d been designing this recipe from scratch it probably would have been only one or the other, but I didn’t …

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