Black Bean Soup with Sichuan Peppercorns and 5 Spice

This black bean soup is a distant cousin of the classic tex-mex standard. Plump beans float in a thick and heavenly broth, spiced heavily with tingly Sichuan peppercorns and Chinese 5 spice. Top with togarashi and creme fraiche (or avocado) for a filling and easily vegan supper for a slow rainy Sunday. Sichuan Peppercorns –…

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Crispy Shredded Brussels with Za’atar, Pomegranate, and Feta

We all know that shredded brussels are great for salads, but did you know you can roast them up nice and crispy as well? The brussels get sweet and tender in the oven, which pairs well with pomegranate, feta, mint, and lots of za’atar. How to Shred Brussels Sprouts You can buy pre-shredded brussels in…

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Hondashi BLT

Want to make your BLT tomatoes taste more intense and tomato-y? Season them with hondashi, aka instant dashi granules!  Hondashi: the secret to instant umami Kombu (a dried seaweed) and bonito flakes (dried and fermented tuna) are the two primary ingredients in dashi: the umami-forward and slightly smoky soup base that flavors some of Japan’s…

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Silken Zucchini Soup with Calabrian Chili Oil

This humble zucchini soup has a secret. It’s delectably creamy and silky without using any cream. The secret ingredient? Silken tofu! I like to use a little butter for flavor, but you can certainly keep this soup 100% vegan by using dairy free butter or olive oil. The silken tofu not only adds texture, but…

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Crudo with Yuzu Kosho and Tomatillos

What’s better than a perfectly chilled crudo in the summertime? Here, sashimi grade fish bathes in a flavor-packed elixir of seasonal tomatillos and spicy yuzu kosho. A note on “sashimi grade” Because we’re barely cooking the fish here, you want to source the freshest fish possible. While there is absolutely nothing “legal” about the term…

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Crispy Skin Salmon with Miso Corn Puree and Tomatoes

Is there anything better than a perfectly seared crispy skin salmon? Here we pair the succulent fish with an umami forward and buttery miso corn puree and a subtly spicy tomato salad. Mastering Crispy Skin Salmon I love an easy marinaded baked salmon, but sometimes a perfect medium rare, pan seared fish with shatteringly crispy…

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Zucchini Tacos with Queso Oaxaca and Salsa Macha

Put this veggie taco in your weekly rotation! Crisp tortillas are topped with blistered queso Oacaxa, grilled summer zucchini, and lots of rich and smoky salsa macha. Salsa macha: Mexico’s “chili crisp” A rich oil based sauce from Veracruz, salsa macha typically features a mixture of nuts, seeds, and dried chillies. Its unctuous and subtly…

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Spicy Corn Tomato Salad with Anchovies

Here’s a tomato salad to celebrate the height of tomato season! Sweet grilled corn, flavor-packed summer tomatoes, roasted garlic, spicy Calabrian chilies, fresh basil, and lots of briny salty anchovies–It doesn’t get much better than this! Not a fan of anchovies? You can certainly omit them, but I recommend trying adding just a few. They…

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Smashed Potatoes with Okonomiyaki Toppings

Smashed potatoes, Okonomiyaki style! I love savory pancakes, and Japanese Okonomiyaki are one of the best out there. While the pancakes themselves are to die for, I get the most excited about all the fun toppings that take the dish to the next level. Here, we take shatteringly crisp smashed potatoes and top them with…

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Vinegary Black Bean Steak with Sichuan Peppercorn Oil

This dish comes together with the help of a few Chinese pantry staples: sweet chinkiang vinegar, tingly sichuan peppercorns, umami-forward garlic black bean sauce, and shaoxing wine. If you don’t already keep these ingredients in stock, head to your local asian market to pick them up. They all last for awhile in the pantry and…

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Steamed Fish with Tamarind Nuoc Cham

In this recipe, the punchy flavors of tamarind and Vietnamese nuoc cham provide the perfect counterpart to buttery soft steamed fish. Nuoc Cham: the Vietnamese dipping sauce for Just about everything Made from fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and chilies, nuoc cham acts as the perfect sweet/salty/sour counterpart to many of Vietnam’s most famous…

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Braised Cod in Tomato Fish Sauce Broth

When I make tomato salad, I find myself slurping up the salty tomato juice and oil mixture that remains at the bottom of the bowl. I wanted to create a soup based on this flavor profile, while still keeping it light and fresh for summer. Enter this braised cod, poached gently in an ethereally light…

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