There’s been a shift. Somewhere along my cooking journey from January until now, I’ve cast aside culinary rules like a piece of lint. I’ve tossed them out without so much as a “I’ll call you,” like they were a cheap date and I a weird Lothario. I use ketchup now instead of tomato paste with no regret. I add too much liquid to curries and then declare them to be soups. I shake my fist in the air and cry out, “Rules be damned!!” to passing cats.Read More
Did you hear it’s Fall? Seasonal displays at drugstores inform me of this incessantly, which is interesting because Southern California tends to feel distinctly summery this time of year. But there are hints of a change in weather - dark autumn lipstick is totally in and pomegranates are starting to crop up at markets.
For relief from the hot weather and with a nod to Fall, I teamed up again with Melissa’s Produce to create these Coconut Pomegranate Popsicles. Using only pomegranate seeds and the flesh and water of a young coconut, these popsicles are deliciously tart, sweet and refreshing - not to mention healthy!Read More
Well, well, well. It’s the end of February and I’m two for two in my goal to make one recipe per month from Melissa Clark’s Cook This Now.
So let’s talk about beef short ribs for a second. It’s something I always order when I go out for Korean BBQ and I usually go on and on about how tender the meat is, how juicy the cut, how do they do it, etc, etc. And then I realize that I’m the one doing it because when you Korean BBQ, you’re the one Korean BBQ-ing. The point is, I didn’t grow up eating short ribs and so it became this glorious and special cut of meat that one can only consume in self-BBQ’d format at fine Korean establishments.Read More
If love came in soup format, it just might be Tom Kha Gai. It’s hot at first, sweet and spicy and even a little sour, but it keeps you warm until the very end. Unless you don’t pay it any attention - you’ve got to work at it, see. Otherwise it gets cold, and the excitement fades. Then you retire, start attending bingo nights and eating dinner at 4 pm. And you yell, “Where are my slippers?!” a lot at nobody in particular. Ahh, old age. I mean, love. I mean, soup. Thai Coconut Soup.Read More
PIE! We all have our favorites: apple, lemon meringue, cherry, pies of cream, pies of fruit. Pie charts. Darren Aronofsky’s Pi. You name it. PIE. This Coconut Cream Pie Of Splendor is as fresh-tasting as it is decadent. It’s the perfect pie for sitting in a patio in the summertime with an ice-cold lemonade by your side. Oh sweet, delicious pie.Read More