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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Bean Salad with Chorizo Vinaigrette

Rounding out our picnic series, this bean salad with chorizo vinaigrette is a dream. The salad gets better as it marinades and tastes great cold or room temp, so it’s a perfect match for long drives to the beach. Spanish chorizo adds funky salinity and crunchy onions and summer tomatoes add nice contrast to the…

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Radish Pistachio Salsa

Nothing screams summer more than the smell of grilled meat, and these grilled lamb chops with radish pistachio salsa are perfect for your next cookout. The lamb is rubbed with two of my favorite spice blends: North African ras el hanout and Middle Eastern za’atar. Made from paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, and a long…

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5 Spice Braised Pork with Pickled Mustard Greens

Super saucy, fall-apart braised pork in a sauce laden with miso and 5 spice anyone? I fell in love with pickled mustard greens in Thailand, and they are the perfect compliment to cut through the richness of the luscious pork. Plan ahead, as your pork will need at least 3 hours to reach ultimate tenderness.…

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Spicy Coconut Milk Brined Chicken

This recipe is a perfect dairy free alternative to the buttermilk brined chicken I posted a few days ago. The coconut milk and lime juice combo penetrates the chicken to create ultra luxurious and moist meat, and the chili crisp adds some irresistibly subtle heat. Serve with lots of fresh herbs and lime wedges for…

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The Best Roast Chicken with Chicken Fat Potatoes

There are a million and one recipes for “the best” roast chicken. Over the past few years, I have tried a lot of them, and this guide combines my favorite techniques to form, in my opinion, the best of the best. A little buttermilk brine ala Samin Nosrat, spatchcocking the bird and making a backbone…

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Turkey and Eggplant Meatballs

With kale, yogurt, and pomegranate I love tangy dried spices, and this recipe uses two of my favorites: sumac and ground omani black lime. The omani lime adds some funky citrus notes to the turkey meatballs, and the sumac provides some bright fruitless to the yogurt sauce. Even better, the meatballs stay super moist thanks…

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Curried Tomato Chicken Skillet

Ok, boneless skinless chicken breast is NEVER a first choice for me, but this is seriously the easy weeknight dinner of my dreams! It’s healthy, satiating (lots of protein and a little cream for fat), uses ONE PAN, and gives off low key tikka masala vibes with minimal effort. The trick is pounding the breasts…

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Beef and Chard Stir Fry with Berbere and Toasted Couscous

Stir frying is a great technique that doesn’t need to be reserved for strictly asian flavors. Here, beef and chard are stir fried with pine nuts, lemon, and lots of north african spices. Served on top of toasted pearl couscous with apricots and oregano, it’s a balanced and easy high protein dinner. Tips: This recipe…

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Lazy Wonton Soup with Spring Veg

To clarify, this is not wonton soup. Sometimes you want the flavors of wonton soup, without the fuss of shaping wontons, and that’s where this bad boy comes in. Porky meatballs (aka wonton filling), simmered in delicious broth, and finished with lots of green veg (because..vitamins). Go on, flourish, and be lazy when you need…

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Harissa Spiced Stuffed Cabbage

I’ve really been leaning into cozy comfort meals lately– and these cabbage rolls are no exception! Inspired by the flavors of North Africa, these babies are stuffed with beef and lamb and seasoned with lots of harissa, sumac, ras el hanout, and paprika. Serve with lots of yogurt and fresh herbs for a perfect chilly…

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Capicola Ragu with Sweet and Hot Peppers

Here’s a dish inspired by one of the most treasured TV shows of all time: The Sopranos. There are so many fantastic food memories within the show (Carmella and Tony getting obsessed with sushi is one of my favorites), but instead of recreating a classic italian american dish, I decided to make my own. Thus…

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