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Corned Beets – Recipe

Beets Cooked Pastrami Style

Corned beets. It started out more as a pun then anything else, but I figured beets cooked with the spices typically associated with corned beef would be good. Then I tried an iteration with the ChefSteps House Rub 01 and that was also fantastic.

In any case, it is the texture that makes these beets delightful. They …

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Persian Sweets, Allergy Cards, and Virtual Carnivals

There are three unrelated things I want to talk about today. My challenge as an utterly unprofessional writer: segue between them so that you as innocent reader feel as if they are intimately connected.

Have you ever had Persian (aka Iranian) bakery treats? The Seattle area is home to the delightful Minoo Bakery at 12518 Lake …

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Vietnamese Cabbage, Tofu and Herb Salad – Gói Bắp Cải Dậu Phụ – Recipe

Vietnamese Cabbage and Herb Salad - Recipe

Have you ever had the experience of eating a dish once and finding it burning into your brain? As if there was a reserved area, a certain of neurons just waiting to be inscribed with this new combination of flavors? That’s how I felt when I first tried this salad at Eric Banh’s Ba …

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Cavatelli with Slow Roasted Broccoli and Harissa – Recipe

Cavatelli with Slow Roasted Broccoli and Harissa

Hopefully we are at a point now where it is no longer considered a faux pas to, you know, actually cook a vegetable. I know there was a time when all vegetables were indiscriminately boiled to death. Then came the rebellion, and all vegetables had to be served just lightly waved over steam. Your jaw …

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Romesco Sauce – Spanish Red Pepper and Hazelnut (or Almond) Sauce – Recipe

Gigandes Beans With Romesco and Saffron Broth

Romesco is a wonderful Spanish sauce made from roasted red peppers, tomatoes, roasted garlic and toasted nuts. It can be used as a party dip or spread, served as part of a tapas-style meal, stirred into mayonaise, slathered onto a sandwich…

Romesco is typically thickened with bread, but I wanted a thinner consistency for the dish …

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Smoked Tofu Buns – Recipe

Smoked Tofu Buns

Yes, this is directly inspired by David Chang’s legendary pork buns. I just did them with smoked tofu instead of pig, and my pickle is a little different, and I kinda like kochujang (Korean miso/chili paste) on them instead of hoisin sauce. Next time I think I might swap out the pickle in favor of …

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Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts – A Snack That Wants A Beer

Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts

The idea for these came from a packaged Japanese snack that I find totally addictive. It is easy to make at home, and then you can adjust the ratio of heat, orange zest, salt, and the tongue-numbing zing of the Sichuan peppercorn to your own preference. These guys pretty much have “snack with a beer” …

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