This week’s food inspiration: fresh, mostly local

beet carrot radish salad coriander

My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so  many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for […]

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Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup Recipe

I blog a lot about my so-called Asian life but I am actually (surprise surprise) Scottish. This year, I am looking to add more Scotch to my cooking routine (and on the rocks) as a way to keep my grandparents and heritage nearer to my heart (by that I mean, in my tummy), like this […]

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Vietnamese Style Baked Savory Sweet Hoisin Chicken Wings and Beef Meatballs

In other words …… Cánh gà nướng tương and Chả Đùm! I am often asked if I cook Vietnamese food, given that my hubs and inlaws are from Vietnam. The answer is I can but my MIL often brings us food, so if I cook it is not Asian. I don’t want to hear the […]

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Somebody call the Police ….. Roxanne is dead & a post-mortem on a beloved hen

Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light Those days are over You don’t have to sell your body to the night Roxanne, you don’t have to wear that dress tonight Walk the streets for money You don’t care if it’s wrong or if it’s right Roxanne… Rest in Peace Roxanne – aka […]

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The Perfect Roast Chicken – Salty, Crispy, Simple

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner! The Perfect Roast Chicken (from Thomas Keller) Whole chicken, 2-3 lbs is pretty good size Kosher Salt (no iodine aftertaste here), plenty Cracked pepper if you like Other herbs, if you like, such as rosemary, thyme, sage If possible, start this the day before or morning of the chicken dinner. The […]

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Meat Pocket Short Story: Empanadas

Empanada – Spanish verb “empanar”, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas! I have crafted another meat pocket short story – chapter 5, if you will. Read more on the early chapters here. Empanadas hail from several countries, probably completely unbeknownst the other back in the day, including Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, Latin America, […]

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